Fully-funded Frank Ferguson Fellowship for Zambia Master’s Degree Students in Engineering in Ireland 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on July 20, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Engineering, Engineering-Related Technologies
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Insurance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Department Of Foreign Affairs
    Iveagh House
    80 St Stephen’s Green
    Dublin 2
    D02 VY53
    Tel: + 353 (0) 1 408 2000

In partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the Irish Government, the Frank Ferguson Fellowship has been established to provide assistance to the students in Zambia who wants to undertake their engineering program in Ireland for a Master’s degree for the academic year 2023-2024.

Scholarship Overview 

The Irish Fellows program provides mid-career professionals in deserving countries with world-class leadership and quality education that contributes to capacity building. Selected students have the option of completing a one-year Master’s degree at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Ireland. This award covers tuition, flights, accommodation, and living expenses. Eligible Master’s programs in Ireland begin each year in August or September and last 10-16 months depending on the program. The Irish Fellow program promotes gender equality and welcomes diversity and opportunities.

The goal of the program is to train future leaders. Build national capacity to achieve SDG goals and build strong relationships with Ireland. This program aims to help graduates contribute to the development of their country through the skills they develop in their recovery and to help them become leaders in their country. It should also facilitate the establishment of personal and professional relations with Ireland by facilitating national connections.

The fellowship will award one successful Zambia student annually to further their master’s degree education in the Engineering field in Ireland. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of Mr. Frank Ferguson who was an innovator and engineer that dedicate fifty years of his life to promoting the development of Zambia through contributing numerous high-quality projects in infrastructure.

The Irish Fellow program is funded by the Irish Government and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). This project includes the Irish Government’s commitments and development goals (SDGs) as Global Ireland, Global Ireland: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World, A Better World: Ireland’s Way Policy for International Development, and the International Action Plan of Ireland. The program is managed by the main offices in the country. Completion of the program in Ireland is supported by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).

Scholarship Provider: Irish Government in Partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia 

About Irish fellowship 

The program is administered and managed by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs. The embassy of each eligible country administers the program. The Council of Ireland is calling for the introduction of International Students in Ireland (ICOS) schemes. The Ireland Fellows program enables early to mid-career professionals from qualified countries with leadership potential to benefit from a world-class and prestigious quality education that contributes to capacity building. The fellows offer qualified students to undertake the opportunity to complete a fully funded one-year master’s degree program at the Institution of Higher Education (HEI) in Ireland.

The Irish Fellowship aims to create more leaders and equip them with the right knowledge and skills they needed for their future careers and development in their professions, aside from contributing to their own home country, they may also achieve their career goals and be one of the students who can be part of the International Students in Ireland that also be active in the development of the international communities, sharing ideas, taking part of the community projects and more.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Zambia
  • Degree Level: Master’s Degree
  • Number of Awards: 1
  • Scholarship Benefits: Travel fees, Accommodation, Tuition fees, Insurance, and other benefits
  • Scholarship County: Ireland
  • Duration: One year
  • Renewable: No
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Eligible Course

The applicants must be admitted with a Master’s degree to the following courses offered by the National University of Ireland:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Marine and Freshwater Management


To proceed with the application, the students must meet the following eligibility:

  • The applicants must be a resident and citizens of Zambia.
  • Must be a member of the Engineering Institution in Zambia.
  • Must have a work experience for at least three years in any related field relevant to the proposed program of the fellowship.
  • Must be holding an engineering degree or related to the course program and have good academic merit in an accredited and recognized institution or university.
  • Have good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Meet the required academic criteria for admission to the Master’s level degree program at NUI Galway. He has not yet obtained a master’s degree or higher.
  • Not currently studying a master’s or higher program or due to start a master’s or higher program in the academic year 2022/23
  • Apply to start a new Master’s program in Ireland as early as August 2023.
  • Able to demonstrate the following: leadership skills and aspirations; commitment to implement the SDGs in your country; and a commitment to contribute to building positive relations with Ireland.
  • Identify and select three programs relevant to your academic and professional background from the list of engineering programs at the National University of Ireland.
  • Must be their first application to the Ireland Fellowship Program.
  • Must be able to receive the fellowship for the academic year of 2023-2024.

Application Process 

The preliminary application starts on July 4, 2022, and will be closing on July 31, 2022. The application process can be accessed at an online portal provided by the fellowship.

The application must be completed if you are eligible for the fellowship program, the evaluation team will be reviewing all the applications and the Embassy will invite the applicants for an interview as part of the application process.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process, the students are required to submit the following documents in a scanned copy format along with the application form:

  • Passport copy
  • Undergraduate degree certificates
  • Awards
  • Academic transcript of records

Keep in mind that all applications can be submitted and emailed to: [email protected]

The application form must be converted to a PDF form and must name all the required documents in the following format:

  • Your name: Passport
  • Your name: Degree Certificates
  • Your name: Transcript of records

Application Deadline

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until July 31, 2022.

Fellowship Awards 

The successful Zambian Students will be receiving a fully-funded award.

  • Flight, travel, and visa cost
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Irish residence permit fee
  • Stipend allowance/monthly living stipend of €650
  • Departure allowance
  • Settling in funds
  • accommodation stipend amounting to up to €850

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