Employment-Based Programme 2017



Thinking about applying?

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

Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions, in order to answer any queries they may have.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the available documentation, you should contact the research office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development, as applicable) in your proposed institution. Theresearch office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to schemes@research.ie with the subject ‘Employment-Based Programme 2016 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage.


The Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme is a unique national initiative. First piloted in 2012, it provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to work in a co-educational environment involving a higher education institution and an employment partner.

What is an employment partner?

An eligible Employment Partner on this programme is a business, company, registered charity, social, cultural or not-for-profit organisation, or a commercial semi-state organisation with a physical operational base located in Ireland that will employ the scholar for the duration of the award.

  • An eligible employment partner must have a base in the Republic of Ireland which can host the researcher.
  • The employment partner commits a minimum contribution of €8,000 p.a. towards the salary of the researcher.
  • The employment partner must be in a position to facilitate research and to provide mentorship to the researcher.
  • Bodies interested in becoming an employment partner can register their interest here.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted through the online application system. As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is provided as part of the call documentation. Indicative academic supervisor, employment mentor and referee forms are also provided. All applicants, supervisors and referees must submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines below.

Call open8 December 2015
FAQ deadline16:00 (Irish time) 10 February 2016
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 17 February 2016
Supervisor, employment mentor and referee deadline16:00 (Irish time) 24 February 2016
Research office endorsement deadline16.00 (Irish time) 2 March 2016
Outcome 27 May 2016
Scholarship start date1 October 2016