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Iveagh Fellowship Programme

About the Iveagh Fellowship Programme

The Department of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Saothar, is running the Iveagh Fellowship Programme for a fourth year to assist Irish students to identify and participate in high-quality internships in international policy organisations.

Five Iveagh Fellows will be awarded €5,000 and mentorship support to help secure internships relating to international policy, including international development, human rights, and humanitarian work. The Fellowship is targeted primarily at students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences but is open to students of all disciplines.

Universities around Ireland nominate two students for the Fellowship and submit nominations on February 28. The nominations are considered by an Expert Panel of Irish Professionals working in international affairs and the successful nominees will be notified by 1April.

Fellowship Benefits and Responsibilities

Fellows will be awarded €5,000 and will be assigned a mentor who will advise them on their internship search strategy. Fellows will not be directly placed in organisations by the programme and are responsible for identifying and securing their own internships.

Funding will be transferred to fellows upon successfully securing an internship. Internships must last at least 8 weeks. Given ongoing disruptions due to COVID-19, successful candidates will be afforded flexibility in securing their internships.

Application Process

Applications will open again in early 2023

Please make contact with the Careers Office in your university to learn more about the application process. As each university manages its selection process, the procedure can vary by institution.

Generally, an applicant will need to provide:

  • A one-page CV highlighting the nominee’s academic achievements and any relevant extra-curricular or professional experience.
  • A statement of purpose briefly describing the nominee’s reasons for applying for the Fellowship as well as their suitability.
  • A reference letter from a university faculty member.

Eligible Internship Organisations

The Fellowship is intended to support students who interested in careers in international policy. This can include, but is not limited to work in international development, human rights, and in humanitarian organisations.

Fellows are encouraged to actively seek out opportunities in these areas by applying to internship programmes and reaching out directly to organisations’ staff to learn about opportunities.

Fellowship funds cannot be used to support internships in profit-making institutions except in exceptional circumstances and only where a clear public good can be demonstrated.

The Department of Foreign Affairs must approve of all internships before transferring funds.

Eligibility Criteria

Those applying for awards must be all of the following at the time of application:

  • Irish citizens
  • Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or master’s degree programme in an Irish university

Assessment Criteria for Applicants

In awarding Fellowships, the Expert Panel will take into consideration a broad set of candidates’ qualities. These include:

  • Genuine interest in pursuing a career in policy and/or policy research, as demonstrated by previous work experience, extra-curricular activities or other experiences.
  • Evidence of taking initiative in professional, academic, or extracurricular work, detailed in the candidate’s CV or statement of purpose.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work collaboratively, as indicated by past academic, professional or voluntary experiences.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively.
  • Comprehensive writing and editing skills.
  • Track record of academic excellence, supported by a reference letter from an academic faculty member.
  • Candidates might wish to include any experience with statistical software.