Applications are being sought from suitably qualified candidates for the prestigious Kader Asmal Fellowship program. This esteemed fellowship provides a fully funded scholarship opportunity for South African students to pursue Master’s level studies at Ireland’s renowned Higher Education Institutions.
The primary objective of the Fellowship program is to offer support to individuals who might not have the means to pursue Master’s level education in Ireland otherwise. It specifically targets early career professionals in South Africa who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. The program is committed to fostering leadership aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also emphasizing the advancement of women’s leadership capabilities and their active participation in STEM fields. By empowering these promising scholars, the fellowship aims to make a positive impact on sustainable development and gender equity.
- Company/Organization(s): Irish Aid
- Program Type: Postgraduate Fellowship
- Program Location: Ireland
- Program Duration: 10-16 months
- Available Slot: Several
- Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree
- Nationality: South Africans
Applicants aspiring to be part of the Kader Asmal Fellowship must fulfill the following criteria:
- Nationality: Applicants must be citizens of South Africa and have legal residency in the country.
- Work Experience: A minimum of two years’ substantial work experience directly relevant to the proposed programme(s) of study is required.
- Academic Qualification: Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution. The minimum grade point average (GPA) should be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, equivalent to a first-class honor or second-class honor, Grade 1. In exceptional cases, a second-class honor, Grade 2, may be accepted if the candidate has significant directly relevant work experience. The degree must have been awarded in 2012 or later, within the last 12 years.
- Educational Status: Candidates should not already hold a qualification at the master’s level or higher. They should not be currently enrolled in a master’s or higher-level program, nor planning to start one in the academic year 2023/24.
- Program Commencement: Applicants should be applying for a new master’s level program in Ireland, and the start date should not be earlier than August 2024.
- Demonstrated Qualities: Applicants must exhibit leadership abilities and aspirations, a commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their home country, and a dedication to fostering positive relationships with Ireland.
- Program Choices: Candidates are required to select and identify three programs from the Directory of Eligible Programmes that align with their academic and professional background.
- Academic and Language Proficiency: Applicants must have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all the selected programs.
- Previous Applications: Candidates should not have applied to the Ireland Fellows Programme more than once before.
- Fellowship Availability: Applicants should be available to undertake the Fellowship in the academic year 2024/2025.
The following financial aspects are covered by the fellowship:
- Course fees
- Monthly allowance
- Accommodation expenses
- Cost of flights
- Insurance and other incidental expenses
How to Apply:
Application Process for the Kader Asmal Fellowship:
- Application Method: To apply for the Kader Asmal Fellowship, interested applicants must utilize the online application system available on the fellowship’s official website.
- Application Deadline: All applicants are required to submit their completed online applications before the specified application deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.
- Completeness of Information: It is crucial for applicants to provide all the necessary information and supporting documents as part of the application process. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and applicants must ensure that all required details are filled in accurately.
- Attention to Detail: Applicants are advised to carefully review and double-check their application before submission to ensure that all relevant information is included and accurate.
- Required Documents: The online application may require applicants to upload various documents, such as academic transcripts, CV/resume, recommendation letters, and a statement of purpose. It is essential to gather and prepare these documents in advance.
- Follow Instructions: Applicants should closely follow the guidelines and instructions provided during the online application process to ensure that their submissions meet all the necessary requirements.
- Contact Information: It is recommended to provide up-to-date contact information so that the fellowship committee can reach out if needed during the application review process.
By adhering to these application guidelines and submitting a comprehensive and accurate online application, interested candidates can increase their chances of being considered for the prestigious Kader Asmal Fellowship.