Citizens’ Assembly Research Fellowship

The Research Fellowship for the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality is an initiative funded by the Department of the Taoiseach.

The Citizens’ Assembly is an exercise in deliberative democracy, placing the citizen at the heart of important legal and policy issues facing Irish society. A Citizens’ Assembly ran in Ireland from 2016-2018 and examined a number of topics, and this broadly followed the model used by the Convention on the Constitution which ran from 2012-2014.  In June 2019, the Government agreed that two topics will be sequentially considered by 2 new Citizens’ Assemblies, the first of which is gender equality. Further information about the Citizens’ Assembly may be found here.

Following the successful appointment of a lead researcher for the first Citizens’ Assembly, the Citizens’ Assembly Secretariat has asked the Irish Research Council to run a second Call to select a Research Fellow for the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality. This Research Fellow will undertake research that will help the Secretariat to engage with the Membership throughout the lifetime of the Assembly, in order to gain a better understanding of the perceived deliberative quality of the Assembly work programme and modus operandi. This is an exciting opportunity for an academic of standing within a relevant field to lead a research project that will engage with a national exercise in deliberative democracy.

Eligible applicants will:

  • Be an academic of standing within a relevant field who is a full-time member of staff, engaging in teaching and/or research, either on a permanent basis or a temporary contract of sufficient duration to cover the period of appointment, at an eligible higher education institution or research-performing organisation;
  • Have expertise and experience in comparable primary research of this kind;
  • Be knowledgeable in the field of deliberative democracy, nationally or internationally;
  • Possess a strong track record of working in collaboration with stakeholders outside academia.

 How to apply

In the first instance, applicants should consult the call documentation for further details. Applicants should then complete the application form and budget table (available to download here) and submit by email to

Key Dates

FAQ DeadlineNovember 25, 4pm
Applicant DeadlineNovember 28, 1pm
Notification of AppointmentDecember 19, 2019

Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to

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