Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme
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 IPSP supports students from Palestine to undertake one-year Master’s-level studies in Ireland.
A directory of eligible postgraduate programmes will be made available.
Applications for 2020 entry will open in October 2019.
In order to be eligible for the IPSP, candidates must be:
- a Palestinian resident of the occupied Palestinian territory;
- 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 the Ireland-Palestine Directory of Postgraduate Courses);
- 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 2019/2020;
- 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 a requirement.
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). Those are not eligible to apply during the period of their employment and until one year following the termination of employment.
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.