Irish Aid Roger Casement Fellowship 2017/2018 in Human Rights for Nigerians (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017.

The Roger Casement fellowship has been established to honour the memory of the Irish human rights activist Roger Casement who spent some of his early working life in Calabar, Nigeria. He was an early advocate for human rights while in Nigeria, and, famously, during his later work in the Congo, the Amazon and in Ireland. With his humanitarian legacy in mind, it has been decided to support one Nigerian student to study a master’s degree in human rights in Ireland.

Under the Casement fellowship, full financial support is provided for one-year full-time post-graduate education for candidates from Nigeria to undertake a one year master’s level course of study in Human Rights in Ireland. The purpose of the Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Programme is to provide talented candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced education and professional development in Ireland in order to contribute to the future development of Nigeria.

Eligible Countries:  Nigeria
Eligible Courses:

Masters programmes at Irish higher education institutes in the areas of Law, Human Rights and Governance. A directory listing all eligible courses is available to applicants

Eligibility

Candidates will need to have achieved the necessary educational standard to be accepted onto a Masters course in a Higher Education Institute in Ireland. In addition, there are a number of essential requirements to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Candidates must:

  • be a citizen of Nigeria and be residing in Nigeria
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a master’s level course of study in Human Rights
  • have a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Nigeria.
  • be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered.
  • meet any relevant procedural requirements of Government of Nigeria.
  • be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5).

Benefits

The Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Programme normally covers: return airfares, full tuition, stipends to cover accommodation and subsistence costs, health insurance and other allowances, in addition to the necessary entry arrangements such as medical examination and visa.

Irish Aid particularly welcomes candidates from candidates living with disability or candidates from disadvantaged groups in Nigeria.

To apply, please fill in the attached application form, paying special attention to the following criterias:

  • Your commitment to returning to work in Nigeria following graduation.
  • Your proposed future contribution to the social and economic development of Nigeria

If offered an Irish Aid fellowship, candidates will be required to:

  • undergo a medical examination prior to confirmation of the fellowship award.
  • be able to satisfy immigration requirements for international student entry to Ireland, if applicable.

A completed application package should include the following documents listed by order:

  1. Copy of your passport (details page) and Nigeria identity card.
  2. A certified copy of academic transcript and degree.
  3. One letter of reference from your employer.
  4. A completed application form, available at irishaidfellowships.ie should be submitted to the following address by 17 March, 2017:

Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Coordinator

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja
Nigeria

Failure to provide any of the above documents will render your application incomplete. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Final interviews will be held in Abuja in April 2017. Scholarship award winners will be announced by June 2017.

For further information, kindly contact Mr Eoghan McSwiney at: casementfellowshipnigeria@dfa.ie


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