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Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme

The Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine is now accepting applications under the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme (IPSP) for the 2021-2022 academic year. 12 full scholarships are being offered for one-year Master’s-level programmes in Ireland. The scholarships will cover tuition fees, flights, accommodation and living expenses.

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 Programme provides opportunities for candidates to choose from a wide variety of courses at 25 higher education institutions 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 1 November 2020. Shortlisted candidates can be expected to be called for interviews in December 2020.

Application forms must be completed electronically in Microsoft Word and sent by email. Applicants must attach clear scanned copies of all accompanying documents as detailed in Section F of the application form.

Applications should be submitted to the following email addresses:


Al-Watanieh Towers, 1st floor, El-Bireh, Ramallah, Tel: 02-2408023 ext. 300 


Bseiso Building, 8th floor, Rimal Neighbourhood, Gaza, Tel: 08-2824635 ext. 102

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

  • be a Palestinian currently resident in the occupied Palestinian territory, holding a Palestinian or Jerusalem ID;
  • have identified and selected three 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 Selection of Course Choices section of the application form);
  • 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 2021/2022;
  • 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). If all of the previous tests are not obtainable, students are advised to take the test by registering on Duolingo English Test. A minimum score of 110 on Duolingo is required. Please make sure to take a screenshot of the Duolingo results and attach them to the application.

Please note that:

  • Prior professional working experience is not required;
  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download the Application Form

Ireland Fellows programme directory of programmes 2021-22

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers click HERE