Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme 2024

About Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme

Scholarships are fully funded by the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme and can be used by South African students to study at the Masters’s level at Ireland’s world-renowned institutions of higher learning.

As part of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs’ Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme, this flagship programme is offered by the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa. South African early-career professionals with leadership potential are encouraged to apply for the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme.

Women’s leadership and STEM participation are key priorities for the scholarship, which supports the Sustainable Development Goals in general.

Students from Universities of Historical Disadvantage and Universities of Technology, in particular, are encouraged to apply for the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme, which supports students who would not otherwise be able to attend master’s level education in Ireland.

Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme 2023 – 2024

As part of the Kader Asmal Fellowships, the following expenses will be covered:

  • Fees for applying to universities
  • Fees for tuition
  • The examination fee and other fees
  • The cost of economy class air travel to and from your home country to Ireland
  • An allowance for settling in, a book allowance, and an allowance for studying
  • Providing accommodations
  • Providing you with a monthly allowance to cover your personal living expenses (stipend)
  • Application fees for entry clearance (student visitor visas)

Eligible Courses: 

The fellowship programme has two strands:

  1. 12 Annual Awards for Postgraduate Study in the following areas:
    • Climate Change & Resilience, Environment, Marine, Sustainable Development, GIS
    • Engineering and Sustainable Technology
    • Development Studies, Human Rights, Peace Studies, International Relations, Politics, Public Policy
    • International Law, Human Rights Law, Business Law
    • Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology and related
    • Education
    • Sociology, Social Policy, Social Research and related
    • Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Equality Studies
    • Information Systems, Communications Technology, Digital Media
    • Business, Economics, Project Management, Strategic Management, Leadership and related
    • Food Science, Food Engineering and Food Industry
    • Tourism and Hospitality
  1. Two annual awards will be made for a fellowship in Human Rights Law at Trinity College Dublin
    • Master’s degree in Human Rights Law, specifically the LL.M (International and Comparative Law) at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. This will be selected by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

In addition to human rights, education, health, engineering, business, computer science, agriculture, and more, eligible courses are listed in the Directory of Eligible Programmes.

Eligibility Criteria For The Fellowship

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • South African Nationality required
  • Work experience of at least two years (including volunteering and internships)
  • A first-class honours or second-class honours degree from a government-recognized higher education institution, at least a 75% grade point average – i.e. a first-class honour, or second-class honour, grade 1(2. Honor grade 2 may also be accepted).
  • You must not already hold a master’s degree or higher. Not currently enrolled in a master’s programme or higher, or not scheduled to start a master’s programme or higher in the 2022/23 academic year.
  • Applicants should apply for a master’s degree in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2024.
  • Show leadership potential and commitment to achieving the SDGs within your country, as well as leadership abilities.
  • Identify and select two relevant courses from the Ireland Fellows Programme Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • You should have a solid understanding of both the academic and English language requirements for the courses you are considering.
  • Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme applicants must not have previously applied more than once.
  • The Fellowship must be available during the academic year 2022/23.

It is important that you read the application guidelines in detail before submitting your application.

All eligibility criteria must be met in order to be considered for this fellowship. Before requesting information on an application, make sure you meet the above eligibility requirements.

How to Apply For The Fellowship?

Applications must be submitted online at: Kader Asmal Fellowship Application 2024

The applicants need to register at the website before starting the online application process. 

Closing Date Of The Fellowship

Applications must be submitted by 31 July 2023. Any applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Contact Details

Inquiries should be addressed to the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa.

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/

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