The information in this guidelines document is very important, take time to read and understand it.
Additional information is provided in the course list, read it carefully and make sure you have the
relevant academic background as outlined in the course admission requirements.
Call for Applications
The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa in partnership with Canon Collins Trust invites applications for
scholarships for postgraduate study in Ireland commencing in September 2019, in the following
Business; Management; Economics; and Finance
Agriculture, Food Science; Environment and rural Development
Gender and Human Rights
Engineering, Sustainable Technology and Resource Management
Information System and Communications Technology
The fellowship includes tuition fees, return flights to Ireland, monthly stipend, insurance and a settling
in allowance. The scholarship does not provide for any dependents. Fellowships will only be awarded
upon confirmation that applicants have been offered a place at one of the universities listed in the
Are you eligible?
be a South African citizen
have achieved the necessary standard to be accepted onto a postgraduate course in an
institute of higher education in Ireland
be seeking funding for a full-time postgraduate programme in one of the above listed subject
• be able to take up fellowship in the academic year 2019/2020
Please apply only if you are eligible. Applicants already in possession of a Masters Degree are not
The online application form which can be found on the Canon Collins Trust website is of primary
importance as it serves as the basis for assessment. You will find full instructions online when you start
a new form. All sections of the form need to be complete before the system will allow the application
form to be submitted. Information can be saved and the application form edited until the applicant
chooses to submit. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:
Certified copies of
o Passport (this is the only acceptable form of identity and no other)
o Degree certificates
o Academic transcripts
Reference letters from two referees, both references must be academic references.
References must be on letter head.
A curriculum vitae
You should ask your referees to write a reference that relates to your application for this fellowship.
It should outline your strengths as an applicant, demonstrate your capacity to study at the level
required, explain how you would benefit from further study and identify your potential impact in the
Applicants for the 2019-20 Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme will be assessed on the basis of the
information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:
1. Academic Merit
Applicants should have achieved the necessary standard to be accepted onto a postgraduate course
in an institute of higher education in Ireland and must have excellent references.
2. Transformative power of a scholarship
The applicant must demonstrate financial need and the award of the fellowship should have a
transformative effect on the applicant.
3. Study plan
We favour applicants who can describe why their chosen institution and course choice fits with their
ambitions to make a difference in the sector. Applicants should also be able to show continuity
between their past study, work experience, and proposed course of study.
4. Commitment to the ideals of Kader Asmal
We favour applicants who are able to articulate how they intend to put their scholarship into action,
and are likely to contribute to the Irish / Canon Collins community of scholars. We will favour
applicants who most clearly show a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of
5. Leadership Competencies & Personal Qualities
Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the
workplace, academia or in their personal life.
6. Application form
The application form matters. Applicants should:
• Demonstrate a good command of English
• Answer all of the questions properly and completely. Late and incomplete applications will
not be considered
• Complete the application and deliver all supporting documents by the deadline of Monday
31st December 2018 at 17:00 South African time.
The scholarship will open for applications on Monday 15 October 2018
The closing date for applications is Monday 31st December 2018 at 17:00 South African
time. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person in February 2019.
Shortlisted applicants will be expected to immediately book for their IELTS exam on www.ielts.org –
to be written not later than March 2019.
All applicants will know the stage 1 outcome of their application by April 2019 so that those selected,
may proceed to the next stage and apply to the universities of their choice.
Information on making a course application will be provided to shortlisted candidates by the Embassy
of Ireland or ICOS
Please do not email us to ask about the outcome of your application. All notifications will be by
email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address.
How many scholarships are available?
There are approximately 17 fellowships available for 2019. However awards will be made on the basis
of available funding and suitable applicants and numbers may vary. The selection process is highly
competitive. Please apply only if you meet all the criteria.
Canon Collins Trust
On behalf of the Embassy of Ireland