Information for existing awardees
This section of the website contains links to request forms and policy documents of relevance to our awardees. Please note that, unless in the case of exceptional circumstances, we will only consider requests submitted in advance of any changes.
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships
The HEI should ensure that a clear and reasonable policy on annual leave entitlement exists and that this is made known to the scholar at the start of their scholarship.
Leave of absence (pausing an award)
We prioritise the well-being of scholars and offer the option of taking leave. If scholars are experiencing difficulties or changes in their life circumstances that may affect their ability to undertake their scholarship, we advise them to discuss these circumstances first with relevant support staff (doctor, counselor, graduate studies support officer, supervisor etc.). They can suspend their award for a variety of reasons such as stress, bereavement and other eligible career breaks. Eligible career breaks include maternity leave, paternity leave, adoptive leave, prolonged sick leave and carer’s leave (this is not an exhaustive list). Rather than terminating an award, please consider pausing an award for scholars who may need time off in order to consider their position fully.
Change of supervision
While scholars are expected to complete their research at the HEI as originally proposed in their application, is it recognised that exceptional circumstances may call for a change of location or supervisor. In these cases, the scholar and proposed new supervisor and/or HEI must write to the Council stating the case for change. The Council will examine the submission on its merits and respond with a decision on whether funding will continue in the new circumstances.
Change of project
Council expects scholars to complete the postgraduate degree and research project for which they have been awarded funding within the funding term. Funding will only be provided for the research project as presented in the application. The written consent of the Council must be sought in advance of any significant departures from the research project during the funding term. Such requests will be independently peer-reviewed and the Council’s decision on whether to approve the proposed change(s) will be final.
The relevant Word document should be downloaded, completed, signed by the appropriate parties and returned as an editable PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise Schemes (Postgraduate)
The Irish Research Council understands that from time to time, scholars might experience exceptional circumstances that need to be taken into consideration. They may also need to spend time away for fieldwork. As all successful awardees have undergone an international peer reviewed process, they sign a contract agreeing to carry out the research as proposed and to adhere to the terms and conditions of their award. Scholars can request changes (in advance) such as: supervisor, mentor, employment partner, suspension (e.g. medical, maternity) or HEI. Scholars can also spend time away for their research. All requests must be done in advance, so payments to the HEIs are not affected.If an emergency has occurred, the scholar’s supervisor can email the Council in lieu of the scholar.
The relevant Word document should be downloaded, completed, signed by the appropriate parties and returned as an editable PDF to email@example.com.
Unfortunately, it is never possible to increase funding as all funds are allocated from the exchequer upon award.
Enterprise Schemes (Postdoctoral)
The relevant Word document should be downloaded, completed, signed by the appropriate parties and returned as an editable PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSCA COFUND Fellowships
Dignity in the Conduct of Research Policy
Maternity Leave Policy
Requirements for Acknowledgement of Funding Policy
Open Access Policy