Kader Asmal Fellowship Program 2023-2024

Some great news for any student who wants to take pursue their Master’s Degree in certain fields.

The Irish Aid Kader Asmal Scholarship is now inviting students to apply for its fellowship program.

This program will assist students with financial support to help them reach their academic goals without the stressful burden that comes with funding it.

If you want to take your education a step further, then we highly recommend you apply.

Below is a guide we’ve provided on exactly how you can do that and a breakdown of what this scholarship is and how it works.

Closing Date

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Program application period will end on August 3, 2022.

Please make sure to submit your application and any other supporting materials by this date.

Your application won’t be taken into account by the scholarship provider if you don’t do this.

What Is This Scholarship About?

The Irish Aid Kader Asmal Scholarship was established in memory of the late Professor Kader Asmal, who spent 27 years teaching law at Trinity College Dublin and specialized in labor, human rights, and international law. Professor Asmal was also a member of the ANC team that negotiated the transition to democracy and co-founded the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement.

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Program aims to foster good ties between Ireland and Africa while enabling South Africans with leadership potential to pursue pertinent postgraduate studies in Irish higher education institutions.

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is open for application, for South African students to pursue Master’s level studies, in Ireland’s top-rated Higher Education Institutions.

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is a fully-funded scholarship, for the 2023 academic year, managed by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Applicants must read the Kader Asmal Fellowship Guidelines (.pdf) before applying.

Who Can Apply

The following fields are eligible for the scholarship for master’s level study:

  • Business, Economics, Project Management, Strategic Management, Leadership, and related
  • Climate Change & Resilience, Environment, Marine, Sustainable Development, GIS
  • Development Studies, Human Rights, Peace Studies, International Relations, Politics, Public Policy
  • Education
  • Engineering and Sustainable Technology
  • Food Science, Food Engineering and Food Industry
  • Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, and related
  • Information Systems, Communications Technology, Digital Media
  • International Law, Human Rights Law, Business Law
  • Sociology, Social Policy, Social Research, and related
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, and Equality Studies

Applicants can find the full directory of eligible programs/ courses of study (.pdf) here (there are almost 200 postgraduate programs).

Before applying, candidates must meet the minimum admission requirements listed below (please note that if you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will not be considered):

  • You must be a resident South African national.
  • You need to have earned a degree with honors.
  • You must have earned your honors degree from a reputable, accredited college or university.
  • You must have received a grade of Grade 1 (Grade 2 may be accepted in some situations) or higher in your honors studies, with a minimum average of 75% (first class or second class).
  • You must NOT have earned a Master’s degree or a higher degree.
  • You must plan to enroll in graduate-level coursework in Ireland beginning in August or September 2023.
  • Two courses you choose from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Program Directory of Eligible Courses must be pertinent (from the list above)
  • You must be able to start the Fellowship in the academic year 2023-2024.
  • You need to have at least 2 years of experience working in a field that is related to your field of study (this may include internships and volunteering positions, see page 7 of the guidelines for more information)
  • You must demonstrate your capacity for and desire for leadership.
  • You must demonstrate a dedication to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in your own nation.
  • You must be aware of the academic requirements and English language proficiency for your courses (see page 6 of the guidelines for more information)
  • You CANNOT have previously submitted more than one application for the Kader Asmal Fellowship Program.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

The fellowships will pay for the following costs: the cost of applying for a student visitor visa, the cost of applying to universities, the cost of tuition and examinations, the cost of your economy-class travel to and from your home country to Ireland, the cost of housing, the cost of books, the cost of your studies, and a monthly personal living allowance or stipend for other living expenses.

Graduates will be expected to pursue a career and put their newly learned abilities to use for the good of their country after graduation and returning home.

How To Apply

Applying for this scholarship is quite simple. All you will need to do is complete the following online application form which you can find here.

Candidates who make the shortlist will need to provide legible copies of the following supporting documents:

  • Identity page of a passport (certified copy)
  • 1 photo the size of a passport
  • graduation certificates for all degrees earned in higher education
  • academic records for all degrees earned at the higher education level
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academics who have directly taught you (on official letterhead with contact details)
  • If accessible, the original IELTS score report (must have been completed in September 2021 or later)
  • Curriculum Vitae (updated)

Three steps make up the fellowship application process:

Stage 1 is for applicants to complete the aforementioned online form (this is a short application to assess eligibility).

The Canon Collins selection team will review each application, and afterward, it will let applicants know if they were successful or not.

Stage 2: Successful stage 1 applicants will be encouraged to complete stage 2, which entails filling out a more thorough application form and submitting the necessary paperwork. Stage 2 will occur between September 7 and September 30, 2022.

Stage 3: Candidates will have to pass English language exams and be invited to interviews.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this scholarship program, please get in touch with the Canon Collins Trust directly:

Email: scholarships@canoncollins.org

Tel: +44 7748 722 482 (Eva) / +44 7407 412 541 (Nia)

Good luck with your application!