Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017



Important information re. Graduation or Viva/Thesis Defence Dates:

The requirement is that an applicant must have either graduated or have been certified as having fulfilled all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including a viva/thesis defence, within the five-year period between 31st March 2012 and 31st March 2017.

Thinking about applying?

In the first instance, all queries should be directed to the Research Office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development as applicable) in your proposed institution. The Research Office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call.

Queries not addressed in the Terms and Conditions or Guide for Applicants will be addressed using an online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) system. Research Offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to with the subject ‘GOI Postdoc 2017 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage.

For reasons of transparency and fairness, the Council will not enter into individual written or telephone correspondence. All queries must be submitted through the FAQ process. In particular, the secretariat will not enter into one-to-one discussion or correspondence with individual applicants, either before or after the call deadline. Please do not telephone the office about the application process.

Description of Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The Council funds excellent researchers across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research and engagement with enterprise.  The Council facilitates the career development of researchers by funding those at an early stage of their research career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. The Council aims to support an expertise-driven research system in order to enhance Ireland’s innovation capacity and skills base in a rapidly changing global environment where knowledge is key to economic, social and cultural development. The Council is further committed to facilitating the integration of Irish researchers in all disciplines within the European Research Area.

This scheme is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an early stage of their postdoctoral career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. These Fellowships can be held for either one or two years as outlined in table below.

DurationOfficial start dateLocation of fellowship
12 months1 October 2017Irish HEI/RPO
24 months1 October 2017Irish HEI/RPO

All electronic applications must be submitted via the online system according to the deadlines listed below.

FAQ deadline16:00 (Irish time) 21 November 2016
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 30 November 2016
Referee and academic mentor deadline16:00 (Irish time) 7 December 2016
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (Irish time) 14 December 2016
Scheme outcomeApril 2017
Fellowship start date1 October 2017