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Our Fellowships Programme
Over the past forty-five years approximately 2,000 students from Ireland’s partner countries have completed their master’s studies in Irish universities and higher education institutions. They have subsequently returned home to play leadership roles in advancing national development.

Fellowships are one of Ireland’s key instruments for supporting institutional capacity building in target countries in thematic areas aligned both with national SDGs priorities and with the promotion of Ireland’s values and interests.

Through the programme, early career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from eligible countries can avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities annually 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 in their home country. Fostering women’s leadership capacity is a priority of the programme.

Applicants can choose from almost 200 postgraduate programmes especially selected to enhance capacity in line with stated country development goals and the strategy of the relevant Irish Embassy or Mission. In the course of their studies in Ireland, participating fellows will also have access to learning /immersion programmes, aimed at developing a sense of affinity with Ireland. It is envisaged that, on their return home, fellows will regard themselves as ‘ambassadors’ for Ireland and will contribute to building enduring personal and professional relationships across a range of economic, educational and social mutual interests. In the longer term a strong Global International Scholars Alumni network will support these efforts.

The Fellowship Programme aligns with the Irish Government’s commitment under Global Ireland and the national implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ireland's new Policy for International Development, and Ireland's International Education Strategy.

In the longer term, the aim is that the programme will be viewed, nationally and internationally, as providing a prestigious, world-class, quality education, contributing to capacity building in target countries whilst also profiling the best that Ireland has to offer in education. Thus enhancing Ireland’s profile and reputation as a high quality research and education destination.

Benefits will also accrue to participating Irish higher education institutions as they advance their agenda of internationalisation. The unique perspectives of participating fellows has the potential to enrich the educational experience on offer for all students in Irish institutions.

To find out more please visit www.irishaidfellowships.ie.

Learn more about our Fellowships