Information for prospective applicants, mentors and referees

***The programme will not accept new funding applications***


All fellowships under CAROLINE are hosted by an Irish research-performing organisation (RPO), with international and inter-sectoral mobility. A list of eligible RPOs is available here.

There are two types of fellowships:

International Fellowships

Researchers awarded with an International Fellowship spend the first year or two of their fellowship based with a partner NGO or IO outside Ireland, with a mandatory return year at the host RPO in Ireland. The researcher can propose an optional placement to another organisation, where this is clearly beneficial to their training or research project. Optional placements of up to 3 months to partner organisations other than the main NGO/IO can be proposed. This flexibility is to ensure ongoing training and development in a non-academic environment and to facilitate inter-sectoral transfer of knowledge.

Irish Fellowships

Researchers awarded with an Irish Fellowship are hosted by an RPO in Ireland for two years, with a main mandatory secondment during this time to NGO or IO partners in Ireland for research and/or training. Additional optional placements of up to 3 months will be considered under these Fellowships.

Value of the award

The amount of the award is individually calculated based on Marie Curie Individual Fellowships rates and the applicable country correction coefficients. The indicative total Fellowship value is approximately €95k per annum consisting of:

  • Estimated salary range of between €53k-€55k per annum (€69k-€72k per annum will be paid to the Irish main host institution which will include the employer’s PRSI and pension contributions). The specific salary under each Fellowship will depend on the location of the Fellow;
  • Family allowance where applicable of €500 per month;
  • Estimated contribution to direct research costs of €9,600 per annum;
  • Paid maternity leave in line with Irish policy;
  • Health insurance for those not qualifying for EHIC Card;
  • Estimated contribution to partner organisation for overheads of €1,752 per annum

Training programme

To broaden and enrich the skills base of CAROLINE Fellows, the Council will host research and career training programmes. This will support Fellows to develop their communication skills, work effectively with diverse stakeholders and understand how to translate research into policy and practice, as well as project and enhance the impact of the work they do.

An indicative list of international organisations to which Ireland is affiliated is available here.

Indicative schedule of Call 3: 


FAQ deadline4pm (Irish time) 23 August 2018
Applicant deadline4pm (Irish time) 6 September 2018
Referee, academic mentor, referee, secondment mentor and placement mentor deadline4pm (Irish time) 13 September 2018
Research office endorsement deadline4pm (Irish time) 20 September 2018
“Time of recruitment”1 January 2019
Scheme outcomeJanuary 2019
Deadline for submission of agreements between home host organisations and main partner organisations to the Council15 April 2019
Fellowship start date1 June 2019

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713279.