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Our Fellowships Programme

The Fellowship Training Programme is one of Irish Aid’s longest running programmes with the first scholarships being awarded in 1974.  These are administered on our behalf by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).

Our Fellowship programme has been running for over 40 years and has supported the professional development of key personnel in our key partner countries and organisations who are working to promote development. ‌The programme has grown in complexity and diversity in recent years with a number of additional countries becoming part of the programme in the past couple of years as well as different strands being developed to meet the needs and development priorities of Ireland’s partners. 

A dedicated website has been developed to support this growing fellowships programme. The website is available at and is aimed at ensuring that changes to the programme are communicated in a timely manner to key users.  The website, which is managed, on behalf of Irish Aid, by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) offers a clearly identifiable platform for information sharing covering all aspects of the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme. 

It provides essential on-line resources to key users including potential applicants, partner organisations, current study fellows and fellowship alumni.  Irish Embassies in partner countries, higher education institutions both in Ireland and abroad that host fellows and, indeed, the general public have easy access to relevant information about the aims of the programme; who is eligible for awards; the applications process itself; and, importantly, the site contains a rich reservoir of case studies which illustrate the results of the programme in terms of the benefits to both the individual award recipients and their employers as well as their communities. 

An integral part of the fellowship programme, for some years now, has been promoting the establishment of fellowship alumni chapters at country level and the new website is intended to act as an important central resource to support and communicate the achievements of existing chapters such as those in Vietnam and Uganda as well as in encouraging the development of new chapters.  

The Fellowship Training Programme

The Fellowship Training (FTP) aims to increase the specialist knowledge of staff working in ministries and in civil society organisations in our key partner countries. It does this by providing scholarships to mid-career professionals to study postgraduate or masters courses in Ireland or in a college within their own region.   

Each year, partner organisations are invited by our Embassies and Missions in these countries and in Palestine to nominate candidates for scholarships.  2014 was the first year that fellowships were offered to candidates from Sierra Leone.  Rwanda, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Myanmar have been added to the list of countries from which students can apply.  Over seventy fellowships were awarded for the 2015/2016 academic year in subject areas including environmental resource management, sustainable agriculture, education, health, development studies and law, most of whom are studying in Ireland with some pursuing their studies in region or in country.

Visit  or the Irish Council for International Students website for details about how to apply for the Fellowship Training Programme.

The Courtney Fellowship

The Courtney Fellowship was set up in 2004 to commemorate the late Archbishop Michael Courtney, the Irish-born Papal Nuncio to Burundi who was murdered the previous year.  Through the Courtney Fellowship, Irish Aid sponsor a student from Burundi each year to pursue a master’s level course in governance or peace studies in Ireland.

Visit  or the Irish Council for International Students website for more details.

Irish Development Experience Sharing (IDEAS) Programme

Irish Aid provides postgraduate business scholarships for Vietnamese citizens through the Irish Development Experience Sharing (IDEAS) programme.

Scholarships for the full-time Masters in Business Administration Programme and for the Masters in Science programmes at UCD Smurfit Business School are awarded each year.

A second strand was established under a second strand of the IDEAS programme that provides scholarships for postgraduate study in technical areas such as pharmacy, biotechnology and ICT in higher education institutions in Ireland. 

If you would like further information on how to apply, visit the UCD Smurfit Business School website or

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme

Irish Aid also provides scholarships for citizens of South Africa and permanent Zimbabwean residents of South Africa through the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme. These are intended to address the skills shortage in these countries and provide places for up to eight fellows in three specific areas (i) business management (ii) agriculture, food science and nutrition as well as (iii) public administration.  Two additional places are also set aside for courses in (a) international relations/development/economic and (b) human rights law at Trinity College Dublin.

The Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality

The Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH scholarships) were first awarded in 2013.  These scholarships are intended to contribute to the development of LANITH as a regional centre of excellence in hospitality management and tourism education.  Scholarships are awarded for study in hotel management and kitchen operations/chef. 

The Mwangi Business Scholarship

Irish Aid co-sponsors an African business woman each year to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the UCD School of Business through the Mwangi Business Scholarship. The Mwangi Business Scholarship was set up in 2013 to commemorate the late Mbugua Mwangi, the son of the former Ambassador of Kenya to Ireland, Ms Catherine Mwangi, who was murdered in the Westgate attack in Nairobi.

Contact the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School for further information.

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