One Of The Most Exciting Opportunities You'll See This Year

This intensive 12-month action learning programme gives successful candidates the combined opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with some of Ireland’s leading food companies and also gain a Masters degree.


Status: CLOSED
Opening: 1st Dec 2013
Closing: 5th Mar 2014
Value: 100% Tuition Fees & €22,800 bursary

Participants’ time will be split between working in one of a possible 14 key international markets supported by Bord Bia and studying for an MSc. International Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit School. The locations are expected to include New York, London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Dubai, Sydney, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam, Moscow, Shanghai, New Delhi, Tokyo and Stockholm.This is a fully-funded programme with participants receiving a bursary of €22,800 in addition to having their tuition fees paid.

Applications are welcomed  from all graduates with a minimum of 2-3 years work experience. Some placements will require fluency in a second language. 

Fellowship Overview

Fellowship Overview

The programme blends action learning, through a year long, fully funded, foreign industry placement, with a ‘block-release’ academic business education programme. The 2 key elements of the programme are outlined as follows:

  • In-Market Placement with Bord Bia clients (based overseas) early-Aug 2014 to June 2015
  • Block Release Academic Programme (based in Ireland).  Mid-June to early-Aug 2014; 2 weeks pre Christmas; and 1 week pre-Easter 2015

Who Should Apply?

Applications are welcomed from all graduates with a minimum of 2-3 years work experience. Some placements will require fluency in a second language (for example French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Japanese or Chinese.) 

Placement Locations

Placement of the Fellowship participants will be selected from locations which may include New York, London, Dubai, Sydney, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Warsaw.

Candidate Selection

There are 20-25 places available on this programme and participants will be selected following a rigorous and exacting recruitment process. Interested participants must be available if selected to take part in the interview and assessment process around April 2014 in Dublin (attendance on one day is required - exact dates to be confirmed) and if successful must be ready to commence the programme on the 16th June 2014.

Purpose of the Programme

Purpose of the Programme

The challenging trading environment facing the Irish Food Industry makes it imperative for an intensified focus on growth in international export markets. A key part of Bord Bia’s industry growth strategy is to develop a base of highly skilled international sales and marketing professionals who will work with leading high-growth Irish food and drinks businesses.

The Fellowship programme facilitates the professional development of participants who will become the future leaders of the food industry. It provides participants with a unique learning opportunity and the potential to both accelerate their career development and enhance long-term professional opportunities. The programme offers an opportunity to learn from the best minds in marketing and the food and drink industry, and the most ambitious of Irish food exporters, in a drive to increase export development.