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Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering

Frank Ferguson was an engineer and innovator who dedicated fifty years of his life to promoting development in Zambia through practical projects. He was an influential individual who held the trust and confidence of decision makers in Zambia, including the President. Among his other achievements, he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for his part in the Second World War.

Ferguson originally hailed from County Antrim, and held a strong sense of self-identity through his “Irishness”. In addition to contribution to the development of a young Zambian state, he acted to promote Irish culture, contributing strongly to awareness of and affection towards Ireland in Zambia. Ferguson passed away at the end of 2017.

In recognition of Ferguson's achievements, and in his memory, Irish Aid, in partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the National University of Ireland, Galway, have established a fellowship award that will fund one successful Zambian candidate each year to study on a masters level engineering programme in Ireland.

The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation, monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible masters programmes in Ireland commence in the period August to September each year and, depending on the course, scholarships will run for between 10 and 16 months.

All applicants who are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is less than 12 months old at the time of application which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply to. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

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Applications for 2019 entry are closed

Applications for 2020 entry will open in October 2019


  • be a citizen of Zambia and be residing in Zambia.
  • hold a degree in Engineering or related discipline with Merit or higher.
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a master’s level course of study in Engineering.
  • be a member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia.
  • have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Zambia.
  • be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered.
  • meet any relevant procedural requirements of Government of Zambia.
  • be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognised test (e.g. IELTS 6.5).

An applicant will not be considered further in either of the following circumstances:

  • They already hold a master’s qualification.
  • They are currently working, or it is anticipated that they will work in the future, at our embassies or at headquarters. Those personnel who have worked with any of our embassies/missions in the past must allow a full year before becoming eligible to apply for a fellowship.

Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal in an area linked to a social problem in Zambia. Applicants who are shortlisted by the Engineering Institution of Zambia will be invited to present their research proposal to the Embassy of Ireland and will be subject to further screening.

All successful applicants will be required to sign a commitment to return to their home country within 14 days of completing their studies in Ireland.


For queries regarding scholarships under the Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering, please contact the Embassy of Ireland in Zambia.

Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering