The Irish Aid Courtney Bursary 2023/2024 for young Burundians (Fully Funded Study in Ireland)


Application deadline: July 31, 2022

The Ireland Scholarship Program enables early and mid-career professionals from eligible countries with leadership potential to benefit from a prestigious, world-class and quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a one-year fully-funded Masters program at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers program fees, flights, accommodation and living expenses. Eligible Masters level programs in Ireland begin in August or September each year and, depending on the programme, will last between 10 and 16 months. The Ireland Fellows program promotes gender equality, equal opportunity and welcomes diversity.

The objectives of the program are to train future leaders; develop national capacities to achieve national SDG targets; and to establish positive relations with Ireland.

The program aims to support graduates upon their return home, through the skills they develop, contribute to capacity building in their home country and become one of the next generations of leaders in their respective fields. It is also envisaged that they will contribute to the establishment of lasting positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, by promoting institutional links.

The Courtney Scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate the late Archbishop Michael Courtney, the Irish-born Papal Nuncio to Burundi, who was assassinated in 2003. Each year, it sponsors a Burundian student to study in Ireland for the MPhil in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin.


To be eligible for a Ireland Scholarship Program – Courtney Scholarship awards commencing at the start of the 2023 academic year, applicants must:

  • Be a resident national of Burundi.
  • Have a minimum of three years of substantial professional experience which is directly relevant to your proposed course of study.
  • Hold a bachelor’s level university degree from a government-accredited and recognized institution of higher education, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) – i.e. an honor of first class or a second class honour, Grade 1 (a second class honor Grade 2 may be accepted if the candidate has substantial directly relevant work experience). It must have been awarded in 2011 or later (i.e. within the past 12 years).
  • Not already hold a qualification at Masters level or above. Not currently undertaking a program at Masters level or above, or be expected to start a program at Masters level or above in the 2022/23 academic year.
  • Apply to start a new program at Masters level in Ireland no earlier than August 2023.
  • Be able to demonstrate the following: leadership abilities and aspirations; a commitment to achieving the SDGs in your own country; and a commitment to help build positive relations with Ireland.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language skills required for the program.
  • Must not have applied to the Ireland Fellows program on more than one previous occasion.
  • Be able to accept the scholarship in the 2023/2024 academic year.

Eligible Countries: Burundi

Eligible courses: MPhil in International Peace Studies Program at Trinity College Dublin

Application procedure:

Please read the Candidate Orientation Note carefully before completing as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country.

The application process consists of three steps:

Stage 1 Preliminary Application;
Step 2 Detailed Application;
Stage 3 interviews.

All applicants selected to progress past stage two will be required to take an online exam Duolingo English test. If shortlisted after the interview stage, all applicants will be required to take another English language test, normally the IELTS examunless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate dated 2021 or later showing that the candidate has achieved the necessary score for the course(s) they intend to apply for. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Irish Aid Courtney Scholarship 2023/2024


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