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Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme 2020-2021- Applications Now Open

09 August 2019

The Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme will this year offer a select number of future leaders and influencers from Tanzania the opportunity to study for a prestigious Master’s degree in Ireland. If successful, you will live and study at some of the top education and learning centres in the world, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience Irish culture, and build lasting positive relationships with Ireland.



Thematic Focus and Invitees

For 2020/21 and in line with our Mission Strategy the Embassy will target the following themes:

  1. Gender Equality and Human Rights
  2. Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action
  3. Management, Technology and Innovation

The organisations listed below are invited to nominate either one or two candidates. In addition, a small number of exceptional candidates will be contacted to apply for the Programme. Applications from other individuals will not be accepted. Applicants should note that even if they are employed by an eligible organisation, they must be nominated by the head of their organisation or equivalent.


1.      Thematic Area: Gender Equality and Human Rights

Government Departments/Ministries/Institutions

  • Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC)
  • Tanzania Police Force/Tanzania Police Female Network (TPFN)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs/Prisons Department

Academic Institutions/Partners/Stakeholders

  • UDSM Centre for Education
  • Legal and Human Rights Centre
  • Women’s Fund Tanzania


2.      Thematic Area: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action

Government Departments/Ministries/Institutions

  • The Vice President’s Office – Division of Environment (VPO-DoE)
  • The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA)
  • Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)


Academic Institutions/Partners/Stakeholders

  • Institute of Marine Science, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Zanzibar
  • Tanzania natural resource Forum (TNRF)


3.      Thematic Area: Management, Technology and Innovation

Government Departments/Ministries/Institutions

  • Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training
  • Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC)
  • Bank of Tanzania
  • Office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG)

Academic Institutions/Partners/Stakeholders

  • UDSM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
  • Tumaini la Maisha/Muhambili Hospital
  • Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)


Before starting your Fellowship application you may wish to familiarise yourself with the following requirements:

In order to be eligible for an Ireland-Africa Fellowship applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Tanzania and be residing in Tanzania.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a related discipline at equivalent of First or Higher Second level from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution.
  • Not already hold a qualification at Master's level or higher
  • Be applying to commence a new course at Master's level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses course directory. Applications will only be considered for courses relevant to the applicant's experience.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen.
  • Must not have applied for an Ireland Fellowship on more than one previous occasion.
  • Have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Tanzania.
  • Be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course already commenced or which will begin before Fellowship awards have been notified.


Application Process

The application process consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1 Preliminary Application (expression of interest)
  • Stage 2 Detailed Application
  • Stage 3 Interview

Full guidance on the application process, including Embassy of Ireland in Dar es Salaam contact details, and eligibility are found in the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme 2020-21 Stage 1 Guidance Note. Please read the Guidance Note carefully before applying, as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country. 

All applicants who are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is dated 2018 or later at the time of application which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply to Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

How to apply 

To apply for an Ireland-Africa Fellowship, you must complete the application form and send to the Embassy by email, including your supporting documents.

Application forms and further details are available from the Programme website:

Candidates should pay careful attention to the eligibility criteria laid out in the Guidance Note. Please note that the closing date for Stage 1 applications is strictly Wednesday 28th August.


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