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Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme

The Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine is now accepting applications under the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme (IPSP) for the 2020-2021 academic year. The IPSP supports 25 students per annum from Palestine to undertake one-year Master’s-level studies in Ireland.

The IPSP is part of Ireland’s programme of assistance for Palestine, which supports the search for a lasting and just political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This programme reflects Ireland’s longstanding commitment to the development of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, as part of a two-state solution. Development of the education sector in Palestine has been a long-standing focus area for Ireland in Palestine. The IPSP aims to further broaden Ireland’s support for educational opportunities available to Palestinians.

The Programme provides opportunities for candidates to choose from a wide variety of courses at 20 higher education institutions in Ireland. Application forms and the course directory for the IPSP can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The deadline for applications is 30 January 2020. Shortlisted candidates can be expected to be called for interviews in February 2020.

Visit the website of the Representative Office of Ireland in Ramallah here.

Eligible Countries: 
Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed



In order to be eligible for the IPSP, candidates must:

  • be a Palestinian currently resident in the occupied Palestinian territory, holding a Palestinian or Jerusalem ID;
  • have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses (see below);
  • hold a Bachelor’s level qualification from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 75% or 2.67 (or equivalent standard);
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto their chosen Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland (refer to the rough table of equivalency in Section Two of the application form);
  • be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course they have already commenced or which will begin before scholarship awards have been notified;
  • not already hold a qualification at Master’s degree level or higher;
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2020/2021;
  • submit with their application a valid English language proficiency score report with a minimum score of 6.5 on IELTS, or 550 on Institutional Testing Program (ITP), or 80 on Internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Please note that:

  • Prior professional working experience is not required;
  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

  • They are currently working, or it is anticipated that they will work in the future, at the Irish Representative Office or for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. Personnel who have worked with any Irish diplomatic mission in the past must allow a full year before becoming eligible to apply;
  • They, or their immediate family members, are currently working at AMIDEAST (staff members and/or consultants). A full year must pass after the termination of employment before becoming eligible to apply.

Application forms must be completed electronically in full, printed and signed and delivered by hand to either of the below addresses:

AMIDEAST Ramallah: Al-Watanieh Towers, 1st floor, El-Bireh, Ramallah, Tel: 02-2408023 ext. 300 

AMIDEAST Gaza: Bseiso Building, 8th floor, Rimal Neighbourhood, Gaza, Tel: 08-2824635 ext. 102


Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme