The Ireland-Africa Fellowship Programme for Academic year 2020/21

Want to study in Ireland? Why not think about applying to the Ireland-Africa Fellowship Programme and gain a world-class education, enabling you to play a leadership role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

The Irish Government offers a number of fellowship programmes to students from developing countries to undertake full-time study at Master’s level at an Irish higher-level institution, with a focus on courses that are relevant to Irish Aid’s development objectives.

Ireland-Africa Fellowship Programme

The annual Ireland-Africa Fellowship Programme enables students to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to the capacity building whilst also profiling the best that Ireland has to offer in education.

Through the programme, early-career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from eligible countries will avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities in Irish higher education institutions. On completion of their studies, graduates will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge and be better capacitated and positioned to influence the advancement of national social, economic and development priorities. Fostering women’s leadership capacity will be a priority. On return, graduates are expected to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries


  • The Ireland-Africa Fellowship programme offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s program at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.
  • The award covers course fees, flights, and accommodation and living costs.
  • Eligible master’s 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.
  • Studying at postgraduate level in Ireland offers a unique opportunity to join programs that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide.
  • Applicants can choose from almost 200 postgraduate programs specially selected to enhance capacity in line with stated country development goals and the strategy of the Irish Embassy.
  • The range of courses includes development studies, gender studies, climate-related rural development, health care, education, and strategic management.


To be eligible for an Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme scholarship commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020 applicants must:

  • Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Have a minimum of two or three years’ relevant work experience (this can include internships and volunteering positions), depending on the country (details provided in the application form).
  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 75% – i.e. a first-class honor, or second class honor, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honor Grade 2 may be accepted).
  • Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Directory of Eligible Courses.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen.
  • Must not have applied for any Irish Aid Fellowship programme on more than one previous occasion.
  • Be in a position to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2020/2021.

How to Apply

Please read the Applicants Guidance Note carefully before completing as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country. 

The application process consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1   Preliminary Application;
  • Stage 2   Detailed Application;
  • Stage 3   Interviews.

All applicants who are selected to go forward to the second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is dated 2018 or later 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.

Submit your completed application form to the relevant Embassy of Ireland.

Deadline: 28th August 2019


4 thoughts on “The Ireland-Africa Fellowship Programme for Academic year 2020/21

  1. Menge Emmanuel Tambe on Reply

    From the eligible countries, Cameroon is out. Is there any possibility for a Cameroonian to apply?

  2. Niguse Shishay on Reply

    I am surprising of this opportunity to share for African younger to be a honer of development their continent and also to be give up their service for their poor, so I wish I could to be like them, that to give up my right to support all that I have able to be do so,

  3. Salome Nalukoye on Reply

    in Uganda. Is it a prerequisite for one to first apply to the University for the Master course of choice and be admitted or this scholarship application serves both?

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