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The Iveagh Fellowship Programme

18th December 2018

The Iveagh Fellowship Programme, recently launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Saothar, aims to assist Irish students to identify and participate in high-quality internships in international policy organisations. Five Fellowships will be available nationally in 2019.

What is included in the Fellowship?

  • Mentorship support to help the Fellow secure an internship at an internationally-recognised organisation during 2019 (internship must be 8 weeks minimum).
  • Once an appropriate internship is successfully secured, an award of €5000. Fellowships funds cannot be used to support internships in profit-making institutions except in exceptional circumstances and only where a clear public good can be demonstrated.

Who is eligible to apply?

Those applying must be all of the following at the time of application:

  • Irish citizens.
  • Enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or master’s degree programme in an Irish university in the area of arts, humanities or social sciences.
  • Interested in careers in international policy, including work in international development, human rights and humanitarian work.

How will Fellows be selected by the DFAT?

  • Each participating third level institution in Ireland has been asked to nominate two students to the DFAT to be considered for the Fellowship.
  • From these nominees, five Fellows will be selected by an Expert Panel.
  • Once selected, each Fellow will be assigned a mentor to advise them on their internship search strategy.
  • The Fellow will be responsible for identifying and securing their own internship.
  • Once an internship is successfully secured and approved by the DFAT, the Fellow is awarded €5000 towards costs.
  • The Fellow is required to submit a fortnightly blog on their experience.

What are the DFAT Fellowship Assessment Criteria:

In awarding Fellowships, the Expert Panel will take into consideration a broad set of candidates’ qualities. These include:

  • Genuine interest in pursuing a career in policy and/or policy research, as demonstrated by previous work experience, extra-curricular activities or other experiences.
  • Evidence of taking initiative in professional, academic, or extracurricular work, detailed in the candidate’s CV or statement of purpose.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work collaboratively, as indicated by past academic, professional or voluntary experiences.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively.
  • Comprehensive writing and editing skills.
  • Track record of academic excellence, supported by a reference letter from an academic faculty member.
  • Candidates might wish to include any experience with statistical software.

What is the Trinity application and selection process?

1. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 4th January 2019.

2. You must meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

3. You must submit:

  • A one page CV highlighting your academic achievements and any relevant extra-curricular or professional experience.
  • A statement of purpose describing your reasons for applying for the Fellowship as well as your suitability (max 500 words). This should include your internship goals and how they connect to your career aspirations. You should also provide evidence of your capacity to work well in a competitive environment.
  • Applications should be submitted via email with required documentation attached to by 5pm on Friday, 4th January 2019.

    4. Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their application submission and those shortlisted may be invited for a short interview.

    5. Two students will then be selected and nominated by Trinity to the DFAT by 15th January 2019 for consideration for the Fellowship. A reference letter from a Faculty member will be sought at this time.

    6. The DFAT will announce the Fellows selected by 15th February 2019.

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