Fly to Ireland for the 2018 Post-graduate Employment Programme

The Irish Research Council has opened the call for the 2018 Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme.  If you are a student, take this unique opportunity


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Company: The Irish Research Council (abbreviated to IRC) is an independent and autonomous research funding and monitoring body established in March 2012. The IRC functions to promote research in Ireland across the entire academic spectrum, and it is the channel through which the Irish Government provides its state-funded scholarships to a limited number of researchers each year. Recipients are designated as Government of Ireland Scholars. The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting excellent researchers in all disciplines from arts to zoology. The Irish Research Council Fund takes part in different initiatives: it funds excellent research across all disciplines, it supports the career development of early-stage researchers, it powers enterprise and skills, it catalyses research addressing the grand societal challenges, it provides access to research infrastructures and it communicates the value of research


Duty Station:  Ireland


Open To: students



Call open 1 February 2018

FAQ deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 5 April 2018

Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 12 April 2018

Supervisor, employment mentor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 19 April 2018

Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 26 April 2018

Call outcome 25 June 2018

Scholarship start date 1 October 2018

Job description: The call for the 2018 Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme is now open. First piloted in 2012, this unique national initiative provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to work in a co-educational environment involving a higher education institution and an employment partner. The Council offers opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to take up an employment-based award to carry out research leading to a postgraduate qualification in any discipline, granted by an eligible HEI within Ireland. The application for a scholarship is developed by the applicant, in collaboration with an Employment Partner and host HEI. Awardees have, for the term of the award, dual status as employee of the employment partner and postgraduate student of the host HEI.

Application for a scholarship can be made in respect of both a Masters Degree by Research or a PhD.

The programme will be of interest to eligible Employment Partners with one or more of the following interests or priorities:

- to pursue a research project linked with its mission through the employment of a dedicated researcher, collaborating with a HEI

- to further develop the research capacity/output of the organisation

- to enhance links with research leaders in HEIs

- to support the training, development and throughput of early-stage researchers in areas linked to the organisational mission

-  to target future research talent for permanent roles in the organisation

In the "qualifications" section, you will find what is meant by work partner.



Scholars must fulfil the following criteria:

-must not have applied more than once to the Scheme and at the time of application

- be a new entrant to the degree for which they are to receive Council funding and have been formally accepted by the relevant department/school by, at the latest, 1st October 2018

However, the student must:

- maintain her/his principal residence in Ireland (as defined) during the period of the Scholarship

- satisfy the State’s regulations on immigration and have the support of their HEI and Employment Partner with respect to these regulations and requirements if not a national of a member state of the European Union (EU). This must be completed in advance of signing a contract with the IRC


What is an employment partner?

- Employment partner shall mean 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 scholar for the duration of the award

- Public body shall mean 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 (see full list here), it is not an eligible employment partner under this scheme

- To be an eligible employment partner, an organisation must have an organisational base in Ireland which can host the researcher

- The organisation can commit to a minimum contribution of €8,000 p.a. towards the salary of the researcher

- The organisation has the facilities to conduct the research and can provide mentorship to the researcher


Wage: The total value of the Employment Based Programme Scholarship, will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year for the duration of the Scholarship and will consist of the following:

- A contribution of €16,000 to the employment of the Scholar

- A contribution of up to a maximum of €5,750 to Scholarship fees (including non-EU Scholarship fees)

- eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum to enable the scholar to carry out the research project



Application process: all applicants (and supervisors and referees) must register and submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines.

Please note that, for reasons of transparency and fairness for all applicants, we 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. The research office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject ‘Employment-Based Programme 2018 FAQ’.  Here is a set of FAQs.

As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is provided on the left side of this page. Indicative academic supervisor, employment mentor and referee forms are also provided. These forms are for information purposes.


Useful links:


Irish Research Council

Guide for applications

Guide for supervisors

Guide for employment mentors

Guide for referees

Contact information:

3 Shelbourne Buildings, Crampton Avenue, Ballsbridge, D04 C2Y6, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 231 5000

Fax: +353 1 231 5009

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

edited by  Elisa Onorati


The editorial staff of carriereinternazionali.com is not responsible for the reliability of the information contained in this article. If you want any further information concerning this vacancy, please contact the proposing organization.  

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