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Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme

The Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine is now accepting applications for the newly-created Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme (IPSP), which offers full scholarships for postgraduate study in Ireland for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The IPSP is part of Ireland's programme of assistance for Palestine, which supports the search for a lasting and just political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This programme reflects Ireland's longstanding commitment to the development of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, as part of a two-state solution. Development of the education sector in Palestine has been a long-standing focus area for Ireland in Palestine. The IPSP aims to further broaden Ireland's support for educational opportunities available to Palestinians.

The IPSP supports students from Palestine to undertake one-year Master's-level studies in Ireland. Application forms and the course directory for the IPSP can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The deadline for applications is 14 March 2019. Shortlisted candidates can be expected to be called for interviews and language testing exams in the first week of April 2019.

In order to be eligible for the IPSP, candidates must be:

  • a Palestinian resident of the occupied Palestinian territory;
  • have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses (see below);
  • hold a Bachelor's level qualification from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 75% or 2.67 (or equivalent standard);
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto their chosen Master's degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland (refer to the rough table of equivalency in the Ireland-Palestine Directory of Postgraduate Courses);
  • be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course they have already commenced or which will begin before scholarship awards have been notified;
  • not already hold a qualification at Master's degree level or higher;
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2019/2020;
  • submit with their application a valid English language proficiency score report with a minimum score of 6.5 on IELTS, or 550 on Institutional Testing Program (ITP), or 80 on Internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Please note that prior professional working experience is not a requirement.

You can apply on the links below which will bring you to the Irish Aid Fellowships website: 

Application Form

Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses

Application forms must be completed electronically in full, printed and signed and delivered by hand to either of the below addresses:

AMIDEAST Ramallah: Al-Watanieh Towers, 1st floor, El-Bireh, Ramallah, Tel: 02-2408023 ext. 300  AMIDEAST Gaza: Bseiso Building, 8th floor, Rimal Neighbourhood, Gaza, Tel: 08-2824635 ext. 102