2019/2020 Irish Aid Roger Casement Fellowship in Human Rights (Fully Funded to Study in Ireland)

The Roger Casement fellowship has been established to honour the memory of the Irish human rights activist Roger Casement who spent some of his early working life in Calabar, Nigeria. He was an early advocate for human rights while in Nigeria, and famously during his later work in the Congo, the Amazon and in Ireland. With his humanitarian legacy in mind, it has been decided to support one Nigerian student to study a master’s degree in human rights in Ireland.

Under the Casement fellowship, full financial support is provided for one-year full-time post-graduate education for candidates from Nigeria to undertake a one year master’s level course of study in Human Rights in Ireland. The purpose of the Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Programme is to provide talented candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced education and professional development in Ireland in order to contribute to the future development of Nigeria.

The Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Programme normally covers:
• Return airfares
• Full tuition
• Stipends to cover accommodation and subsistence costs
• Health insurance and other allowances
• Necessary entry arrangements such as medical examination and visa

All applicants who are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is less than 12 months old at the time of application which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply to. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

Eligible Countries

Eligible Courses
Masters programmes at Irish higher education institutes in the areas of Law, Human Rights and Governance. A directory listing all eligible courses is available to applicants:

Roger Casement Fellowship Directory of eligible Postgraduate Programmes 2019
Roger Casement Fellowship Application Form 2019


• Be a citizen of Nigeria and be residing in Nigeria.
• Have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a master’s level course of study in Human Rights.
• Have a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
• Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Nigeria.
• Be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered.
• Meet any relevant procedural requirements of the Government of Nigeria.
• Be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognized test (e.g. IELTS 6.5).

Application Information
Applications will not be considered for this fellowship unless all eligibility criteria are met. You should carefully check that you can meet the above criteria before requesting application information.

For queries and enquiries contact Joseph Kennedy at casementfellowshipnigeria@dfa.ie

To learn more about Irish aid visit their official web page

Author: Edith Oni

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