Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade “Iveagh Scholars Programme”


Iveagh Scholars & DFTA :The work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade focuses on serving the Irish public, both at home and abroad. They provide a range of services to Irish citizens and work hard to ensure the promotion and protection of Ireland’s interests in the world, contributing to international priorities such as peace, security and the eradication of poverty and hunger.

The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary students to share their views on Ireland’s role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people. It is aimed at Transition Year students in Ireland and Year 12 students in Northern Ireland. ‌

The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 27 January 2017

Students can enter the competition in one of three ways: either via a written composition (of not more than one page), a recorded video entry (of up to two minutes), or a visual presentation on their chosen theme from the options below.

Theme One: UN Security Council Campaign

The United Nations Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Ireland is preparing to run for election to the Security Coucil in 2020. We will be competing against Canada and Norway.

Task: Prepare a pitch, including a slogan, for Ireland’s election campaign. Applications can be in the form of a one page pitch, a visual presentation or a 2 minute video.

Theme Two: Our People

Ireland has a history of emigration and our emigrants have had an important influence on the culture of many countries around the world. Ireland’s voice on th einternational stage is also hugely amplified by the millions of people around the world who are Irish by birth, descent or affiliation. They are an important part of our story as a nation – part of who we are as a people , what we have done and where we have gone in this world. They also undoubtedly have a role to play in Ireland’s future.

Task: In a rapidly changing world, imagine how our relationship will look in 20 years’ time. Prepare a short presentation describing the relationship with our diaspora in 2036. Applications can be in the form of a one page written submission, a visual presentation or a 2 minute video.

The prize for the thirty most thought provoking, considered, creative responses will be an opportunity to spend a week at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade headquarters in Iveagh House, Dublin, to learn how Ireland promotes its values, interests and economic well-being abroad.

Ireland – 60 Years at the United Nations (PDF)

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Global Horizons Initiative

The Global Horizons Initiative is a programme designed to engage Irish students in international affairs and the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade promoting Ireland’s interests and values around the globe.

It showcase’s the Department’s work to promote Ireland’s economic prosperity, uphold our values and interests in a rapidly-changing global environment, and protect Irish people abroad by providing consular and passport services and funding and support to emigrant groups.

The programme is aimed primarily at young people, from secondary school pupils, in particular Senior Cycle students, through to third-level students and graduates who are considering their next steps. The three strands of the programme are: Iveagh Scholars, Diplomats in the Classroom, and International Careers.

For further information, please contact the Global Horizons Team.

Diplomats in the Classroom

Diplomats in the Classroom aims to increase awareness, discussion and debate amongst senior cycle second level students on the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and on Ireland’s place in a changing world. Officials from the Department will visit schools, between the 1st October and 31st May, and deliver interactive workshops designed to engage students on three key elements of Irish Foreign Policy: Our People, Our Interests and Values, and Ireland’s Prosperity.

Drawing on their own personal experience of work in the Department, they will seek to provide an insight into how Foreign Policy is practiced. The workshop activities will build on the knowledge gained from Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) during the Junior Cycle. They will also touch on areas of the senior cycle curriculum including the History and Geography courses of the Established Leaving Certificate, and on elements of the Social Education curriculum in the Leaving Certificate Applied.

How to organise a visit

To organise a Diplomats in the Classroom visit to your school please email diplomatsintheclassroom[at]dfa[dot]ie with the following information:

  • Name of the school and school address
  • Full name of teacher who will liaise with Diplomats in the Classroom team
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • Number of participants and what year they are in (Transition Year/ 5th/ 6th year/ combination). We recommend a group of approx. 30 students with a maximum of 60 per group. We can run a consecutive workshop where the group size is greater than 60
  • Workshop duration (we recommend 2 x 40 minute class periods or 3 x 40 minute class periods)
  • Preferred dates between 1 October and 31 May
  • Whether your school has had a visit from Diplomats in the Classroom before

Please note that it may not be possible to facilitate every request; requests will be considered on a first come first served basis.

International Careers

The Global Horizons: International Careers initiative was launched in 2014 to engage Irish students in international affairs and the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in promoting Ireland’s interests and values around the globe.

This programme sees staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade visit a number of graduate and post graduate careers fairs around the country. The aim of this is to highlight internship and career opportunities with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, state agencies and international organisations.

As a small country, with one of the world’s most open economies, Ireland places a special value on its membership of international organisations. Accession to the United Nations (UN) in 1955 and the European Union (EU) in 1973 were key milestones in the state’s development, while membership of other organisations, such as the Council of Europe (COE), World Bank and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are similarly fundamental to our national interests, security and values. Irish citizens make an enormous contribution in staffing these organisations, with Irish graduates recruited each year to junior management, policy analyst and specialist roles in Brussels, Washington, Strasbourg and New York.

Global Horizons: International Careers involves close collaboration with the Department of the Taoiseach’s ‘EU Jobs’ campaign and the Public Appointments Service.

For more information on International Careers please visit and