Deadline : February 27, 2020 .
Apply for the Irish Research Council Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme. The mission of the Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland. To address the broad skills and research needs within society, the Irish Research Council supports excellent researchers in all disciplines from Arts to Zoology. An agency of the Department of Education and Skills, the Council primarily funds early stage career researchers: namely, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
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 award value totals a minimum of €32,000 per annum – this is inclusive of the maximum €24,000 from the Irish Research Council and a minimum contribution of €8,000 from the Employment Partner
- 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.
- Application for a scholarship can be made in respect of both a Masters Degree by Research or a PhD.
- must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the Employment-Based Programme;
- in the case of applications for a research master’s, must not currently hold or have previously held a Council scholarship;
- in the case of applications for a doctoral degree, must not currently hold or have previously held any Council scholarship other than that which would have enabled them to obtain a research master’s degree.
- Applications will be accepted in either the Irish or the English Language only.
- In order to facilitate evaluation by the International Assessment Board in English, applicants submitting Irish language applications are invited to submit an English language translation of their application.
- Should an English translation not be provided by an applicant, the Council will provide a translation to the International Assessment Board.