Study-In-Dublin: 2021 Walsh Scholarships Programme For International Students

Walsh Scholarships Programme – This Masters Programme is geared specifically to build the competencies for careers in agricultural advisory and education services whether in the public or private sector. Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum 2.2.Honours BAgrSc (or equivalent) degree.

Applications from graduates with pass level degrees coupled with significant and appropriate work experience in the sector will also be considered.

There are two programme options available to candidates:

  • Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Innovation Support

  • Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Extension

Scholarship Details

The UCD Teagasc MSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation and MSc Agricultural Innovation Support are collaborative funded programmes delivered by UCD and Teagasc for graduates with an interest and ambition to work in advisory and education roles.

These programmes involve placement within Teagasc advisory and educational services where the student gets the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors.

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Scholarship Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Applicants must hold an upper second-class honours degree in agricultural science or equivalent discipline that meets the educational qualification requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and the Marine for the Farm Advisory System (FAS).
  • Applicants with a pass degree coupled with significant and appropriate work experience may also be considered. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • The value of a Walsh Scholarship is €24,000 per annum out of which the recipient pays college fees.
  • Students are paid monthly and are exempt from income tax. No PRSI or pension deductions are made. Travel expenses are paid at reduced rates. Subsistence, where eligible, is on the basis of approved and vouched receipts only.

Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Innovation Support

The aim of this programme is to equip partipants with the skills and knowledge to be effective in building the capacity of farmers to adopt new practices and technologies. The experience gained on this programme will equip participants well for future roles in advisory services, technical consultancy and education delivery.

This Masters is predominantly by research (25% taught modules) and runs for 21 months (September – June). The programme includes a 15 month placement in a Teagasc office or education centre. Each year there is a list research topics to choose from and each candidate will have both a Teagasc and UCD-based thesis supervisor.

Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Extension

This is a two year taught Masters programme with students on professional placement for the full duration and completing modules for 90 credits (ECTs).

Programme modules are designed to support traineeship type learning with assignments and projects focused on student’s professional placement / real life problems and challenges. On completion of this programme, students will be competent and professional agricultural advisors, committed to on-going reflective practice and seeking for more effective ways to support farmer decision making. Students will be able to develop and deliver appropriate agricultural advisory and educational programmes that serve the needs of farmers and farm families who are their clients.

Students will adopt the skills to reflect critically on their practice as agricultural advisors and educators and be able to identify and exploit needs and opportunities for improved practice.

Method of Application

The application process is open and can be accessed using the link below.

The Walsh Scholarship programmes are designed to build the competencies required for careers in agricultural advisory and education services in the public or private sector. Many former Walsh Scholars are currently employed in advisory and education roles in Teagasc and many others are in key positions in public services and agri-food companies in Ireland and abroad.

Deadline: May 28, 2021

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