DFA Logo

This content from the
Department of Foreign Affairs
has now moved to Ireland.ie/lusaka. If you are not redirected in five seconds, click here.

Skip to main content

Please be advised that the Embassy of Ireland, Zambia website has moved and this page is no longer being updated. The Embassy website is now available at Ireland.ie/lusaka.

Call for Applications for the Irish Aid Fellowships Training Programme 2019/2020

The Irish Fellowships Training Programme is a global programme offering fully-funded fellowships for future leaders and influencers to study in Ireland.  If successful, you will live and study in Ireland, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience Irish culture, and build lasting positive relationships with Ireland.

The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation, 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.

Applications are by invitation only to persons that are currently employed in the institutions/organisations listed below:

State Institutions   

Office of The Judiciary

Cabinet Office

Office of the Auditor General

National Assembly

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of National Development and Planning

Ministry of Gender

Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Fisheries

Zambia Development Agency

National Food and Nutrition Commission

Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority 

Non State Actors


Civil Society for Poverty Reduction

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection

Economics Association of Zambia

Campaign for Female Education

Zambia Open Community Schools 

Before starting your Scholarship application, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the following requirements:

In order to be eligible for an Irish Aid fellowship applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Zambia.
  • Be resident in Zambia. 
  • Hold a Degree in a related discipline with Credit or higher
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant area
  • Have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master's degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland. Only credit and above.
  • Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of your home country.
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses, available at www.irishaidfellowships.ie and www.dfa.ie/zambia
  • 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.  

Applicant in either of the following circumstances will not be considered further:

  • They already hold a Master's qualification.
  • They have applied for the IAFTP on two or more previous occasions without being awarded a fellowship. (Cases where an applicant withdrew from the process previously may be considered if there were exceptional or unforeseen circumstances for withdrawal in that instance).
  • Those personnel who have worked with any of Irish embassies/missions in the past can only be considered if a full year has elapsed since their leaving employment with the embassy/mission before applying for a fellowship 

A directory of eligible postgraduate programmes is available for download below. Covering programmes in a number of subject areas. Please take note of the areas that are not covered for applicants in Zambia

Application Form

Course Directory

The closing date for applications is 16 December 2018. Applications must be delivered in hard copy to 

Embassy of Ireland

6663 Katima Mulilo Road



The Embassy is also offers special named scholarships:               

The Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering (Zambia)

The Sean McBride Fellowship in International Relations/Conflict Resolution (Namibia)

« Previous Item | Next Item »