Kader Asmal Fellowship Master Degree Programme 2024-2025 for South Africans (Funded To Ireland)

Kader Asmal Fellowship Master Degree Programme 2024-2025 for South Africans (Funded To Ireland)

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa is offering fully-funded scholarship opportunities to South African students to study at Master’s level in Ireland’s world-renowned Higher Education Institutions

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is targeting early career professionals in South Africa, with leadership potential. The scholarship broadly supports leadership for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which includes support for the development of women’s leadership capacity and women’s participation in STEM as key priorities.

In addition, the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme aims to support students from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions and Universities of Technology, who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to pursue Master’s level education in Ireland. These students are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme, please visit https://canoncollins.org/scholarships/kader-asmal-fellowship-programme/

Degree level



31 July 2023

Who can apply?

  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Have a minimum of two years relevant work experience;
  • Hold an Honours degree from a recognized public university, with an average of at least 75%. It must have been awarded in 2012 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years);
  • Not in possession of a Master’s degree or higher level qualification;
  • Be able to take up fellowship in August/September 2024 academic year;
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country;
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Directory of Eligible Courses;
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen;
  • Should not have applied for the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme on more than one previous occasion.

Please read the application guidelines carefully before applying.

Fields of Study

A full list of eligible courses is available on the website “Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Programmes in Irish Higher Education Institutions”.

The fellowship programme has two strands:

  1. 12 Annual Awards for Postgraduate Study in the following areas:
  • Climate Change & Resilience, Environment, Marine, Sustainable Development, GIS
  • Engineering and Sustainable Technology
  • Development Studies, Human Rights, Peace Studies, International Relations, Politics, Public Policy
  • International Law, Human Rights Law, Business Law
  • Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology and related
  • Education
  • Sociology, Social Policy, Social Research and related
  • Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Equality Studies
  • Information Systems, Communications Technology, Digital Media
  • Business, Economics, Project Management, Strategic Management, Leadership and related
  • Food Science, Food Engineering and Food Industry
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Please refer to the Directory of Programmes for more information about the eligible course.

  1. Two annual awards will be made for a fellowship in Human Rights Law at Trinity College Dublin
  • Master’s degree in Human Rights Law, specifically the LL.M (International and Comparative Law) at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. This will be selected by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Please refer to the Directory of Programmes for more information about the eligible course.

What the fellowship offers

  • University application fees;
  • Tuition fees;
  • Examination and other fees;
  • Economy travel to and from your country of residence to Ireland;
  • Settling in allowance, book allowance and study allowance;
  • Accommodation;
  • A monthly stipend to cover other living expense; and
  • The costs of an entry clearance (student visitor visa) application.

Application process

Applications should be submitted online via the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme – Canon Collins Trust application link.


Enquiries can be directed to Mr Elias Ledwaba at the Embassy via email at Elias.Ledwaba@dfa.ie.

Documents and links

Kader Asmal Fellowship website

Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Programmes in Irish Higher Education Institutions

Application Guidelines

Application link


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority and the relevant professional bodies. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.