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Irish Aid Fellowships

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ICOS provides management services to Irish Aid in respect of fellowship schemes which are funded as part of Ireland's wider development cooperation budget - the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme, The Courtney Fellowship, The Mwangi MBA Scholarship, the Irish Aid IDEAS Programme, The Kader Asmal Fellowship and LANITH Scholarships.

Under all of the schemes, fellowships are awarded for full-time study at Masters or Postgraduate Diploma level, with a focus on courses that are relevant to Irish Aid's development objectives in a fellow's home country. On completion, fellowship recipients are committed to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries.

Former fellows are encouraged to link in with the Irish Aid Fellowship Alumni Network.


Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme


Irish Aid IDEAS Programme

  • Eligible countries: Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia
  • Eligible courses: Relevant Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Ireland and regionally (directory available from Irish Embassies in programme countries during the October-December application period)
  • Eligible country: Vietnam
  • Eligible courses: [Strand I] MBA and MSc programmes at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin, Ireland; [Strand II] Masters programmes in Applied Linguistics, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Social Policy and related, Information and Communication Technology (directory available from Irish Embassy in Vietnam during the October-December application period)
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The Courtney Fellowship


The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme

  • Eligible country: South Africa
  • Eligible courses: Masters programmes in Ireland in areas including finance, business, engineering, sustainable technologies, public health and nutrition (directory available at Canon Collins Foundation website)
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The Mwangi MBA Scholarship


The Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH) Scholarships

  • Eligible country: Laos
  • Eligible course: DIT courses in hotel management and kitchen operations
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