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Ireland-SIDS Fellows Programme

Ireland’s Strategy for Partnership with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) makes the commitment to establish an annual number of awards to SIDS professionals for postgraduate study in Irish higher education institutions in courses relevant to addressing climate change and its associated challenges.

Ireland is offering three new Fellowships to Small Island Developing States in each of the Pacific and Caribbean regions, for Masters level studies in Ireland in the academic year 2020/2021. In addition, applications will open for the following African SIDS in Spring 2020: Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Mauritius, Sao Tomé and Príncipe.

The aims of the Programme are to nurture future SIDS leaders, women and men; to develop in-country capacity to address climate change and its associated challenges; and to build positive relationships between Ireland and SIDS. On return home, graduates are expected to bring their acquired skills to contribute to capacity building in their home countries.  It is also envisaged that they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.

The Programme enables early to mid-career professional women and men, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year Masters level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers course fees, flights, accommodation and living costs. Eligible Masters level courses in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the course, will run for between 10 and 16 months. The Programme promotes equal opportunity and welcomes diversity.

Applications for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed



To be eligible for an Ireland-SIDS Fellowship for the 2020/21 academic year, applicants must:

  • Be a national of one of the following countries and resident in one of the following countries (they can be a national of one country and resident in another, in the same region):

Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Applications will open for the following countries in Spring 2020: Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Mauritius, Sao Tomé and Principe.

  • Have a minimum of three years’ relevant experience (this can include internships and volunteering positions). 
  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, with a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted).
  • Not already hold a qualification at Masters level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new course at Masters level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020 (see eligible courses).
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the addressing climate change and its associated challenges within their own country.
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the directory of eligible courses.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for the courses chosen.
  • Be in a position to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2020/2021.



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Ireland-SIDS Fellows Programme