Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme 2019/2020 for study in Ireland (Fully Funded)

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

Application Deadline: 30 November, 2018.

The Fellowship Training Programme was Irish Aid’s first scholarship programme, begun in 1974. Since that time, it has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland, with further students supported for similar courses in their own region.

Awards are made in fields such as development studies, rural development, health care, education and law with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to Irish Aid’s partner organisations. Fellowship eligibility requirements aim to ensure close alignment with Irish Aid’s programmatic approach.

The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible Masters programmes in Ireland commence in the period August to September each year and, depending on the course, scholarships will run for between 10 and 16 months.


To be eligible, applicants must

  • be a citizen of one of Irish Aid’s partner countries (i.e. Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia), or of Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Palestine, Myanmar, Rwanda or Zimbabwe.
  • be resident in that country.
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland or within their own region.
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
  • have identified relevant college courses in a higher education institution in Ireland or within their own region. For study in Ireland, you must select courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible 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 fellowship awards have been notified.
  • be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year 2019/2020.

For study in Ireland, applicants must also

  • be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5)
  • contact the Irish Embassy to confirm that the courses they have chosen from the Directory of Postgraduate Courses accord with the Embassy’s priorities in their country (see contact information below).

All applicants who apply to study in Ireland and are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is less than 12 months old 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.

Eligible Countries:
Sierra Leone
Eligible Courses:

Relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally.  A directory listing suitable courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas.

Before finalising your course choices and submitting your application, please confirm with the relevant Irish Embassy that they remain fully satisfied that the courses you have chosen from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses accord with the Embassy’s country priorities. Embassy contact details are available below.


Click on your country below to contact the relevant Embassy of Ireland / Mission.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme 2019/2020


  1. Dear sir/madam
    This is kibrom Adane from Ethiopia who is really interested and eager to study my PhD study in your respected organisation. I have nothing to pay for schooling. This, I would like to ask a free scholarship to attend my PhD study. I thank you for your unreserved support.

    • This is not the way to apply for scholarships. Are you employed or not. If you are not how did you manage to live?
      Are you a beggar?

  2. I am KIBOMA LABAN OJUKU from Uganda with BSc.Ed and Diploma secondary education, teaching Physics and Mathematics, i would like to apply for Irish Aid Fellowship Scholarship for developing countries, what are procedures for applying Masters Scholarship?
    My regards.

  3. I am From Lesotho, and I have just seen a post about Irish scholarship, I have Associate Degree in International tourism, and I would like to further my studies on Tourism and Hospitality. but my country is not listed among eligible countries can I get help on how I apply. Thank you.

  4. I an Idris I. Holman from Liberia with BBA degree and currently working with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning precisely within the Revenue Tax Policy Division. I have unwavering interest in the Irish Aid Fellowship Scholarship Program which I believed when afforded me such opportunity I will contribute immensely to the government and Liberia at large.

  5. Goodmorning I’m martin from Zambia I am a teacher at 51yrs want to apply for PhD Irish scholarship I ve a ba degree in development studies with a minor political do I go about to apply or can the scholarship cover me at a local university?

  6. I am Pharmacist John F. Serville,an employee of the Ministry of Health,Liberia.I am interested in the Scholarship to further my Study in the area of Master degree in any of the discipline in Pharmacy.

  7. We, Poverty Alleviation and Community Mobilization Activism (PACMA),a non-profit charitable organization in Sri Lanka that is committed to empower youth, supports the efforts of increasing of their access to quality education. Though the country a third world under developed country which gives free education up to tertiary level resulted in high level of youth literacy,but has not been matched by equitable provision of and participation tertiary education and labor market.We shall be grateful to you if could consider accommodating some of our graduates in this program.
    Kind Regards
    President – PACMA

  8. I am Chabaga from Tanzania with BSc Education in Physics and Chemistry, I would like to apply Master of science in Atmospheric Physics for Irish Aid Fellowship programs for developing countries.

  9. Good morning,
    I have studied in Ireland before, and wish to study another master in Ireland. Can I still write IELTS exam before applying at any Irish university?

    Please let know which courses Liberians are qualified to apply for.


  10. I am Mitiku, from Ethiopia, lecturer at Abra Minch university, southern Ethiopia, I want to participate in international training opportunities will be given by Ireland government.

  11. I am Atuheire Alex, from Uganda, aged 29. I studied Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Makerere University and I am requesting for the detailed procedures of how I can attain a Masters Degree in Economics.Currently, I work with the ministry of Local government of Uganda. I do believe that, once given the opportunity, I will contribute immensely to the development of Uganda and Africa at large. Thanks.

  12. Good morning,
    I am Josephat Tumusiime from Uganda with Bachelor of Development studies currently working with ministry of local government in the service of lower local government working as Probation and Welfare Officer, I had applied for the Irish Aid scholarship masters in Development Studies previously but I was not considered and I wish to re-apply for the same scholarship which I believe that if I am given an opportunity, I would contribute much to the development of the government of Uganda.


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