The Kader Asmal Scholarship Program is a fully-funded scholarship opportunity available to South African students to study at Masters level in the world-renowned Irish higher education institutions.
This flagship program of the Irish Embassy in South Africa is part of the wider Irish Scholars Program offered by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. The Kader Asmal Fellowship Program is aimed at early-career professionals in South Africa with leadership potential.
The scholarship broadly supports leadership for the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting the development of women’s leadership capacity and women’s participation in STEM are key priorities.
In addition, the Kader Asmal Scholarship Scheme aims to support students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue Masters level study in Ireland, and graduates from Universities of Historical Disadvantage and Universities of Technology in particular are encouraged to to apply.
All applicants selected to proceed to the second stage will be required to pass a IELTS examunless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate not older than 12 months at the time of application, which shows that the candidate has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply for.
Eligible courses are in fields such as agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more, and are listed in a Directory of eligible programs.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a resident national of South Africa
- Have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience (this may include internships and volunteering)
- Hold an honors level university degree from a government accredited and recognized institution of higher education, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 75% – i.e. first class honor or second class honor , grade 1 (in some cases, second class honor grade 2 may be accepted).
- Not already hold a master’s degree or higher. Not currently undertaking a program at Masters level or above, or be expected to start a program at Masters level or above in the 2021/22 academic year.
- Apply to start a new course at Masters level in Ireland no earlier than August/September 2022.
- Be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities and aspirations, as well as a commitment to achieving the SDGs in your own country.
- Have identified and selected two pertinent course of the Ireland Scholarship Program Directory of Eligible Programs.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language skills required for the two courses chosen.
- Not having applied for the Kader Asmal Scholarship Program on more than one previous occasion.
- Be able to accept the scholarship in the 2022/23 academic year.
- The scholarship covers course fees, required flights, accommodation, monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental costs.
- Eligible masters programs in Ireland start each year between August and September and, depending on the course, the scholarships will last between 10 and 16 months.
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