Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 27 November 2014
Open to: researchers across all disciplines who have been awarded their doctoral degree within the five-year period before 28th February, 2015
Fellowship: €45,895 per year


The Irish Research Council has opened the 2015 call for the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. The Council funds excellent researchers across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research and engagement with enterprise. The Council facilitates the career development of researchers by funding those at an early stage of their research career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. The Fellowship Scheme aims to support an expertise-driven research system in order to enhance Ireland’s innovation capacity and skills base in a rapidly changing global environment where knowledge is key to economic, social and cultural development.

The Irish Research Council offers two types of Fellowships available through the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme: one year fellowship and two years fellowship.


In order to be eligible you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have been awarded your doctoral degree within the five-year period before the 28th February 2015;
  • Have authored or co-authored at least one published peer-reviewed research publication;
  • Not hold or not have held a Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship;
  • Not have been employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher for more than 5 years at the closing date of the call.

Fellows from any country are eligible for the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, however they must maintain their residence in Ireland during the period of the Fellowship.


The total value of the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship will be up to a maximum of €45,895 in any approved year and will consist of the following:

  • A salary of €31,275 per year;
  • Employer’s contribution to Pay Related Social Insurance costs of €3,365;
  • Employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255.


In order to apply you should contact the Research Office in your proposed Higher Education Institution for information and clarification on the call. All applications require a nominated ‘Academic Mentor in Ireland’ who is willing to mentor you for the proposed research project, and two nominated Referees who know you sufficiently well to provide you with a character reference.

Applications will only be accepted through the online submission system. Before applying please read carefully the Postdoctoral Fellowship Guide for Applicants 2015 available at the official website, as well the Terms and Conditions document and FaQ on the fellowship.

The deadline to apply is 27 November 2014. Selected candidates will be announced by April 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

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