Department of Finance History Fellowship


The History of the Department of Finance: 1922 – 1958 by the late Professor Ronan Fanning is regarded as the seminal history of an Irish Government Department and was published by the Institute of Public Administration in 1978. The work is currently out of print.

The Department of Finance wishes to commission a new history of the Department covering the years 1959-1999. This book would be a companion piece to Professor Fanning’s original history. The Department considers it an appropriate time to commission an updated history of the Department given that both the state and the Department will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2022. It is planned that the second volume will be published in this centenary year

The award will be an excellent opportunity for a researcher to undertake the completion of a written work that will chart the second phase of development of a Department at the centre of Ireland’s economic development and modernisation, including in relation to our role within Europe. The work has the potential to have a particular profile as its completion will align with the centenary of the Department itself.

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the call for proposals carefully to ascertain their eligibility and how to apply.  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

Key date

Call open10 January 2019
FAQ deadline21 February 2019
Applicant deadline17:00 (Irish time) 28 February 2019
Call outcome28 March 2019
Project commencement By 29 April 2019
Project completion By 29 April 2022

For reasons of transparency and fairness to all applicants, the Council will not enter into written or telephone correspondence with any individual about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.

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