About the Iveagh Fellowship Programme
The Department of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Saothar, is running the Iveagh Fellowship Programme for a sixth year to assist Irish third level students to identify and participate in high-quality internships in international policy organisations. Five Iveagh Fellows will be selected by an Expert Panel of Irish Professionals working in international affairs. Fellows will be assigned financial and mentorship support to help secure internships at internationally recognised organizations. The Fellowship is targeted at students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Each institution, including University College Dublin, can nominate two students for the Fellowship. The Expert Panel will then select five Fellows from the list of nominees. All nominations must be made through the designated UCD liaison: Sophie Carey (Sophie.email@example.com).
Application closing date: before 5pm on Monday 22nd January 2024.
Pictured are 2023 recipients; Alanna Grogan, UCD Sutherland School of Law and Connor Stack, UCD School of Politics and International Relations.
Fellows will be awarded €6,000 and will be assigned a mentor who will advise them on their internship search strategy. Fellows will not be directly placed in organisations by the programme and are responsible for identifying and securing their own internships. Funding will be transferred to fellows upon successfully securing an internship. Internships must last at least 8 weeks. Fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue in-person internships, but exceptions will be accepted to allow for remote-work in exceptional circumstances.
Fellows are expected to behave in a professional manner during all times when engaging in the commitments of the Fellowship, including when communication with the DFA, Saothar, and their mentor as well as when representing the Iveagh Fellowship during their internship search and placement.
Fellows are expected to find an internship within 18 months of being awarded the prize. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
The Fellowship is intended to support students from the arts, humanities, and social sciences interested in careers in international policy, including work in international development, human rights, and humanitarian work. All students with genuine interest in international policy are welcome to apply, regardless of field of study.
Fellows are encouraged to actively seek out opportunities in these areas by applying to internship programmes and reaching out directly to organisations’ staff to learn about opportunities. Fellowship funds cannot be used to support internships in profitmaking institutions except in exceptional circumstances and only where a clear public good can be demonstrated. The Department of Foreign Affairs must approve of all internships before transferring funds.
Those applying for awards must be all of the following at the time of application:
People who receive university accreditation for internships are encouraged to apply.
In awarding Fellowships, the Expert Panel will take into consideration a broad set of candidates’ qualities. These include:
How to Apply:
Submit the following files by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clearly state in the email title: Iveagh Fellowship Programme (Your Name)
Submit before 5pm on Monday 22nd January 2024.
Late applications will not be accepted.
And attach the following files:
Each nomination should include the following application materials:
A one-page CV or résumé highlighting the nominee’s academic achievements and any relevant extra-curricular or professional experience.
Files should be titled candidatename_university_cv
A statement of purpose briefly describing the nominee’s reasons for applying for the Fellowship as well as their suitability. This should cover the nominee’s internship goals and how they connect to his/her career aspirations. It should also provide evidence of capacity to work well.
Files should be titled candidatename_university_SOP
Reference letters should attest to your academic achievement ability, career motivation of the candidate, and good character of the nominee.
Files should be titled candidatename_university_ref
For 2024, candidates are requested to send a short writing sample. This is ideally a piece of academic writing, such as a policy brief or short essay. Where possible, samples should not exceed 2,000 words in length.
Files should be titled candidatename_university_wsample
While there is no formal list of approved institutions, the following list of institutions may help applicants consider their opportunities:
World Bank Group
International Monetary Fund
International Committee of the Red Cross
Human Rights Watch
International Labour Organization
World Health Organization
Overseas Development Institute
World Food Programme
International Organization for Migration
International Rescue Committee
Asian Development Bank
African Development Bank