2023 Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme for South African Students

Deadline: August 3, 2022.

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is a South African strand of a broader Ireland-Africa Fellows
Programme managed by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The main aims of the
Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme, are to nurture future African leaders, women and men, to develop
in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals, and to build positive relationships between Ireland
and Africa.

Through the programme, early career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from
South Africa will avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities in Irish higher education
institutions. On completion of their studies, graduates will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge
and be better capacitated and positioned to influence the advancement of national social, economic
and development priorities. Fostering women’s leadership capacity will be a priority. On return home,
graduates are expected to resume work and put their acquired skills to good use for the benefit of
their home countries.


To be eligible for a Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme commencing at the beginning of the
academic year 2022 applicants must:

  1. Be a resident national of South Africa.
  2. Have a minimum of two years relevant work experience (this can include internships and
    volunteering positions}.
  3. Hold an honours’ level academic qualification from an accredited and government recognised higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 75% – i.e. a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted).
  4. Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher.
  5. Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than
    August/September 2020.
  6. Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
  7. Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Directory of Eligible Courses.
  8. Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for
    both courses chosen.


The Kader Asmal Fellowships will cover:

  • university application fees
  • tuition fees
  • examination and other fees
  • economy travel to and from your country of residence to Ireland;
  • settling in allowance, book allowance and study allowance
  • accommodation
  • a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover other living expense for you only and
  • the costs of an entry clearance (student visitor visa) application.


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