Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering 2022/2023 for Zambians (Fully-funded)

Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering 2022/2023 for Zambians (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Applications are invited for the Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering 2022/2023 for Zambians. The Irish Government, in partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the National University of Ireland, Galway, have established a Frank Ferguson Fellowship award that will fund one successful Zambian candidate each year to study on a master’s level engineering program in Ireland.

This fellowship is in recognition of the achievements, and in memory of Frank Ferguson who was an engineer and innovator who dedicated fifty years of his life to promoting development in Zambia through numerous high-quality infrastructure projects. Frank Ferguson Fellows should be prepared with the potential to make significant contributions to the development of Zambia.


  • The award covers program fees, flights, accommodation and living costs.


To be eligible for the Frank Ferguson Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Zambia and be residing in Zambia.
  • Hold a Degree in Engineering or related discipline with Merit or higher from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution.
  • Have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s level course of study in Engineering.
  • Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
  • Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the list of engineering courses at NUI Galway.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen.
  • Must not have applied for an Ireland Fellowship on more than one previous occasion.
  • Be a member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia.
  • Have a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Zambia.
  • Meet any relevant procedural requirements of the Government of Zambia.

Eligible Courses

Applicants must select from the following list of courses offered by the National University of Ireland, Galway:

  • Master of Civil Engineering (1MEC1) 
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering (1MSME1)
  • ME in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1MEEE1) 
  • MSc in Marine and Freshwater Resources: Management (1MFR1)


Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal in an area linked to a social problem in Zambia. Applicants who are shortlisted by the Engineering Institution of Zambia will be invited to present their research proposal to the Embassy of Ireland and will be subject to further screening.

Please read the Applicants Guidance Note carefully before completing as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country. 

The application process consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1   Preliminary Application;
  • Stage 2   Detailed Application (including research proposal);
  • Stage 3   Interviews.

Download the application documents:

For more information, visit Frank Ferguson Fellowship.