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Courtney Fellowship - Ireland Fellows Programme 2025-26 for Burundi

Updated: Jul 4

Applications are now open for resident nationals of Burundi to benefit from the prestigious Courtney Fellowship Program which is part of the broader Ireland Fellows Program that awards recipients a fully funded scholarship to complete an MPhil degree program in Ireland, particularly (MPhil in International Peace Studies Programme) at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin

The Courtney Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, 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 PhD level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The eligible PhD programme in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the programme for 3 years. This call is for programs commencing August next year, i.e 2025).


Courtney Fellows Program Summary

Scholarship Sponsor: The Irish Government

Host Institution(s): Trinity College Dublin

Study Level: postgraduate PhD (MPhil)

Duration: 3-Years PhD level programme

Funding: Fully Funded (Monthly stipend + accomodation)

Eligible Countries: Burundi


Courtney Fellowship Program Benefits

Ireland Fellows Programme awards are fully funded. The award includes the payment of academic fees; visa application fees; medical and travel insurance; economy flights to and from Ireland; and the Irish residence permit fee. Allowances include the following:

  1. A settling-in allowance towards items needed on arrival in Ireland;

  2. A completion and departure allowance at the end of the study period;

  3. A monthly living stipend of €700

  4. Student accommodation arranged and paid for trimesters 1 and 2 (normally September to May), and in trimester 3 a monthly accommodation stipend of €800- €1000 depending on location in Ireland (subject to review).

  5. Extracurricular training and volunteering opportunities to help you make the most of your experience in Ireland.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an Ireland Fellows Programme – Courtney Fellowship award commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2025, applicants must:

  • Be a resident national of Burundi.

  • Have a minimum of three years’ substantial work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed programme(s) of study.

  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) – i.e. a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted if the applicant has substantial directly relevant work experience). It must have been awarded in 2013 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years).

  • Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher. Not currently undertaking a programme at master’s level or higher, or be due to start a programme at master’s level or higher in the academic year 2024/25.

  • Be able to demonstrate the following: leadership abilities and aspirations; a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country; and a commitment to contribute to building positive relationships with Ireland.

  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all programmes chosen.

  • Must not have applied to the Ireland Fellows Programme on more than one previous occasion.

  • Be in a position to take up the Fellowship in the academic year 2025/2026.


Eligible Courses of study

Ireland Fellows Programme – Courtney Fellowship gives awardees a fully funded PhD scholarship to study the course (MPhil in International Peace Studies Programme at Trinity College Dublin)


Application Procedure

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications are by invitation only. This means that fellowships are restricted to the staff of government departments and NGOs which work in partnership with Irish Aid, and to personnel of organisations 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 Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania at )

( or your employer.

In case that you are invited or nominated, you can proceed with your application. Following below steps:

1). Download and carefully read the Application Guidance Notes PDF

2). Download and fill the Application Form

3). Prepare a copy of requested documents (Identification document, undergraduate certificate, and undergraduate degree transcript of records)

4). Send a scanned copy of your filled form along with documents above to the email:

Application Deadline: 28 July, 2024



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