The Ireland Fellows Programme Asia

The Ireland Fellows Programme Asia 2025 in Ireland

Deadline: July 28, 2024

Applications for the Irish Aid Fellowship Asia Training Programme are now open. The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries to pursue full time study at Masters level with a focus on courses that are relevant to Irish Aid’s development objectives in a fellow’s home country. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year master’s level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.

Usually, this fellowship programme runs for a period of between 10 and 16 months. The Major aims of the Programme is to nurture future leaders, build capacity and enable participants develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals thereby building a positive relationships with Ireland.

Graduates are expected, up on their return to their countries of origin, to take with them their acquired skills to contribute to capacity building in their home countries. They will put the skills they would have acquired through this program to use in order to improve the lives of their communities. In so doing, they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.


Selected applicants for this scholarship will receive the following benefits

  • The Ireland Fellows Programme is fully funded by the Irish Government and is offered under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
  • This programme is managed by the relevant Embassy responsible for eligible countries whereas the programme implementation in Ireland is supported by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).
  • The award covers programme fees for the applicant’s selected Master’s degree.
  • You will also receive coverage for flights from Your Home country to Ireland and back.
  • The programme will also provide accommodation for all selected applicants for the duration of their stay in Ireland.
  • You will also receive a monthly stipend worth €700 to cover your living costs for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • A settling-in allowance upon your arrival in Ireland will also be granted to selected scholars
  • There is also a completion and departure allowance given to scholarship recipients upon completion of their programme.


Candidates for the programme must meet the following conditions

  • Citizenship: You must be a resident and national of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
  • Work Experience: Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum of three years’ work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed programme of interests (this may include internships carried out by the applicant)
  • Academics: You must have a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must not already hold a qualification or have started a programme, or be due to start a programme in the academic year 2024/25, at master’s level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new programme at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2025.
  • You must demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
  • You must identify and selected three relevant programmes from the Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • Eligible courses are in areas such as agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more
  • You will be required to prove your English language proficiencies as required for all programmes chosen.
  • If you have applied to the Ireland Fellows Programme for more than once in the past, you may not apply again


The programme is solely dedicated early to mid-career professionals from the above mentioned countries. The Application process is divided into 3 stages that applicants need to follow.

Stage 1: Preliminary application

Applicants will complete the stage 1 application form that aims to asses their eligibility for the programme. If you pass the stage 1, you will be contacted by the Embassy to proceed to stage 2 of the application process.

Stage 2 : Detailed application

This stage involved completing a more detailed application form and submitting all the required documentation. Only applicants that successfully pass the stage 1 will be invited for to move to this stage.

Stage 3 : Interviews

Shortlisted applicants from stage 2 will be invited for interviews before a final selection is made

All applications must be submitted to the Irish Embassy in Vietnam via [email protected]. The following application documents in are needed for Stage 1 along with the application form.

  • Your passport or other official identification document if you do not have a passport at this time
  • The applicants’ undergraduate degree award certificates and Diplomas
  • Final degree academic transcripts including the explanation of the grading system, where provided with your transcript or otherwise available.

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For more information, visit the official website here