Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme
In line with the schedule on our funding page, the 2021 call is scheduled to open in Q4 2020 with the call outcome in Q2 2021 for awards commencing in September 2021 (TBC).
Combining excellent research with workplace experience, the Irish Research Council’s Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme is a unique national initiative. First piloted in 2012, it provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to bring great research ideas into an Irish employment partner with the support of a higher education institution. We top up the wage of a full time employee with €24,000 per annum to complete a higher degree by research.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), in partnership with the Irish Research Council and the Department of Justice and Equality (DJE), is pleased to offer the Countess Markievicz doctoral scholarship as a strand of the EBP 2020 call, as per the Theme Information document.
What is an employment partner?
- An employment partner is a business, company, registered charity, social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation, semi-state commercial organisation or eligible public body with a physical operational base located in Ireland that will employ the researcher for the duration of the award. Employment partners need to be based in the Republic of Ireland and have suitable facilities to host and mentor the researcher.
- A public body is a public service body with specific scientific or cultural infrastructure that is integral to the conduct and completion of the proposed research.
- If a public body or higher education institution is an eligible research performing organisation, it is not an eligible employment partner under this scheme.
You can search the database for past awards made under the Employment-Based Programme at this link: research.ie/awardees/
A list of current eligible higher education institutions can be found here: research.ie/funding/eligible-higher-education-institutions-and-research-performing-organisations/
What we offer
Both Irish enterprises and work placed researchers benefit greatly from the programme. Employment partners host excellent researchers who dedicate their time to a specific research project related to the organisation. The Irish Research Council contributes up to €24,000 per annum towards the researcher costs.
There is no cap on the wage the organisation pays to the researcher, meaning current employees can stay on the wage they are at while gaining a research degree supported by a co-contribution from the Irish Research Council. However, organisations must commit a minimum contribution of €8,000 per annum with a portion or all of this contribution going towards employment costs of the researcher. At the end of the project, the researcher will have gained workplace skills and a degree by research.
How to apply
Potential applicants should read the 2020 Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply. Indicative versions of the applicant, supervisor and referee forms are provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.
|Call open||16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 16 January 2020|
|FAQ deadline||16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 20 February 2020|
|Applicant deadline||16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 27 February 2020|
|Supervisor, employment mentor and referee deadline||16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 5 March 2020|
|Research office endorsement deadline||16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 12 March 2020|
|Call outcome||End of May 2020|
|Scholarship start date||Tuesday 1 September 2020|
These logos represent some organisations that have expressed an interest in funding postgraduate researchers.
Countess Markievicz Partnership
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.