Applications are invited from suitably qualified African mid-career professionals with leadership potentials for the Fully Funded Ireland Fellows Programme-Courtney Fellowship Awards 2024.
The Fellowship will provide a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. The programme is sponsored by the Government of Ireland and offers students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year master’s level programme at a higher education institution in Ireland.
The programme aims at nurturing future leaders; to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland. The Programme is intended to also support graduates on their return home, through the skills they develop, to contribute to capacity building in their home countries and to become one of the next generation of leaders in their respective fields. Also envisaged is the contribution of the programme to build enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.
The Ireland Fellows Programme promotes gender equality, equal opportunity, and welcomes diversity. The Development Policy is aligned with SDG 16 on building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and applications are welcomed from the broadest possible base. The Programme welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, and applicants who belong to a minority or disadvantaged group.
To be eligible for the Ireland Fellows Programme-Courtney Fellowship 2024, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a resident national of Burundi.
- Have a minimum of three years’ substantial work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed programme(s) of study.
- Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) – i.e. a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted if the applicant has substantial directly relevant work experience). It must have been awarded in 2012 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years).
- Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher. Not currently undertaking a programme at master’s level or higher, or be due to start a programme at master’s level or higher in the academic year 2023/24.
- Be applying to commence a new programme at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2024.
- Be able to demonstrate the following: leadership abilities and aspirations; a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country; and a commitment to contribute to building positive relationships with Ireland.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all programmes chosen.
- Must not have applied to the Ireland Fellows Programme on more than one previous occasion.
- Be in a position to take up the Fellowship in the academic year 2024/2025.
Interested applicants for the Fellowship are to read the applicant guidance note carefully before completing the application form.