Frank Ferguson Fellows Programme – Africa – 2022/23

The Frank Ferguson Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from Zambia, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. 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. The award covers programme fees, flights, accommodation and living costs. Eligible master’s level programmes in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the programme, will run for between 10 and 16 months. The Frank Ferguson Fellows Programme promotes equal opportunity and welcomes diversity. The aims of the Programme are to nurture future leaders; to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland. On return home, graduates are expected to bring their acquired skills to contribute to capacity building in their home countries. It is also envisaged that they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages. The Frank Ferguson Fellows Programme is fully funded by the Irish Government and is offered under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). It aligns with the Irish Government’s commitment under Global Ireland and the national implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ireland's Policy for International Development, and Ireland's International Education Strategy. The programme is managed by the relevant Embassy responsible for eligible countries. Programme implementation in Ireland is supported by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS). Studying at postgraduate level in Ireland offers a unique opportunity to join programmes that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide. Applicants can choose from various postgraduate programmes specially selected to enhance capacity in line with stated country development goals and the strategy of the Irish Embassy. Eligible Countries: Zambia Eligible Courses: Applicants must select from the following list of courses offered by the National University of Ireland, Galway: 1. Master of Civil Engineering (1MEC1) 2. MSc in Mechanical Engineering (1MSME1) 3. ME in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1MEEE1) 4. MSc in Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management (1MFR1) The deadline for receipt of Stage 1 applications is 1 August 2021. Application documents are available below under Application Information below once you confirm your eligibility. Eligibility To be eligible for the Frank Ferguson Fellowship, applicants must: • Be a citizen of Zambia and be residing in Zambia. • Hold a Degree in Engineering or related discipline with Merit or higher from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master's level course of study in Engineering • Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher • Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2021. • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the above list of engineering courses at NUI Galway. • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen. • Must not have applied for an Ireland Fellowship on more than one previous occasion. • Be a member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia. • Have a minimum of three years' relevant work experience. • Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Zambia. • Meet any relevant procedural requirements of the Government of Zambia. Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal in an area linked to a social problem in Zambia. Applicants who are shortlisted by the Engineering Institution of Zambia will be invited to present their research proposal to the Embassy of Ireland and will be subject to further screening. In addition, please note that applications in the following participating countries are by invitation only: Zambia This means that fellowships in these countries are restricted to the staff of government departments and NGOs which work in partnership with Irish Aid, and to personnel of organizations that are aligned with Irish Aid's development strategy in their country which have already been identified by the Embassy of Ireland. Applications from outside these partnerships will not be eligible. To find out if you are eligible to apply, please contact the relevant Embassy of Ireland or your employer. Applications Please read the Applicant Guidance Note carefully before completing as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country. The application process consists of three stages: • Stage 1 Preliminary Application; • Stage 2 Detailed Application; • Stage 3 Interviews. All applicants who are selected to progress after the second stage will be required to sit an online Duolingo English Test. If shortlisted after the interview stage, all applicants will be required to take another English language test, normally the IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is dated 2019 or later which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course(s) they intend to apply to. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers. To apply, please visit Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering | Ireland Fellows Programme ( and click the checkbox in the Application Information section as illustrated below. Application Information Applications will not be considered for this fellowship unless all eligibility criteria are met. You should carefully check that you can meet the above criteria before requesting application information. I meet all eligibility requirements listed above. Please show additional information.