Embassy of Ireland’s Kader Asmal Fellowship 2019 – 2020

The Embassy of Ireland has recently opened the Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme (KAFP) for the 2019 academic year. The fellowship programme is part of Ireland’s initiative for developing cooperation in South Africa. Specifically targeted towards economically disadvantaged communities, the KAFP provides support to South African students as they go through 12-month post graduate studies in Ireland. 

Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme

Launched in 2012, the KAFP was established in memory of Kader Asmal, a law professor who specialized international, human rights and labour laws for 27 years at the Trinity College in Dublin. In addition, Kader Asmal co-founded and served as Chair of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement until 1990. 

Under the KAFP, Irish Aid proivdes support for South African students who will be taking up Masteral degrees in Irish universities focused on strategically-important studies that includes Masteral programmes in:

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Business Management
  • Agriculture
  • Rural and Environment Development
  • Food Science
  • Agriculture
  • Human and Gender Rights
  • Engineering
  • Resource and Sustainable Technology Management
  • Communications and Information Systems Technology
  • Tourism

The KAFP will cover the following expenses:

  • University application fees
  • Exam and other related fees
  • Tuition expenses
  • Round trip economy air fare
  • Boarding and accommodation fees
  • Book and study allowance
  • Monthly personal allowance (stipend)
  • Student visitor visa application fees

Requirements or Eligibility

Be sure to read through the programme’s basic requirements listed below before sending an application:

  • South African citizens holding a permanent residency status
  • Must be able to pass admission into a postgraduate discipline at an Irish university or any tertiary level educational institution
  • Must be in need of financial assistance to pursue a full-time postgraduate study in any of the aforementioned disciplines
  • Must be ready to commit to the programme running from 2019 to 2020
  • Must not have already obtained Master’s degree
  • Have never been admitted to an Irish educational institution
  • Excellent academic English skills

How to Apply

Interested individuals who qualify to apply will need to go the Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance website and register a free account to be able to log in and start applying. Click on the link below to get there:


Opening and Closing Dates

Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Enquiries about the fellowship programme  are to be directed to Irish Aid. Click on the link below to pull up the general enquiries form and fill in the required details:


You can find out more about the programme  provider by clicking the “About” tab on the uppermost left corner of the same page.

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