The Irish Embassy in Nairobi has announced that applications for Irish Aid Fellowship Scholarships have now opened, via the Embassy, for Masters-level study and research in Ireland.
Launched in 1974, the Fellowship Training Programme was Irish Aid’s first scholarship programme. Since then, it has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland.
Awards are made for study in Ireland 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.
One student from Kenya who was a successful recipient of a scholarship was Joanne Muchai, who enrolled on a Master of Business Administration course at University College Dublin in 2016.
Speaking about her experience, Joanne said: “I would advise other Kenyan young ladies to apply to this programme – it is possibly the best decision you’ll make. Coming here to Ireland has been an experience I can’t quantify. I’ve met people from across the world, I’m being given travel opportunities that I otherwise would not have had, and the knowledge that I’ve gained from lectures and classmates will benefit me for life.”
You can read about her year in Ireland here.
For more information about the scholarships, please visit the Irish Aid Fellowships website.