Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme


This programme aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships can be held for either one or two years.


An applicant must have either graduated or have been certified as having fulfilled all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including the submission of the hardbound corrected thesis, within the five-year period between 31 May 2016 and 31 May 2021.

What we offer

Year One

  • a salary of €38,632 per annum
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €4,269 per annum (11.05% of salary)
  • eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

Year Two

  • a salary of €39,186 per annum
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €4,330 per annum (11.05% of salary)
  • eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

How to apply

All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system, available in the left sidebar. Guides on how to submit your application on the online system can be found in the right sidebar.

Social Enterprise Impact Fellowship (funded by DRCD)

In partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), we invite applications from all disciplines for a Social Enterprise Impact Fellowship. A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact. They are part of the wider social economy and make a valuable contribution to the social and economic progress of Ireland through the creation of jobs and through the delivery of a broad range of services in areas such as homecare, child care, employment activation, retail, hospitality and catering, environmental services, and social housing.

The main purpose of the DRCD Impact Fellowship in Social Enterprise is to support pioneering research on Social Enterprise in Ireland as part of the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. Research is encouraged in particular towards developing a rigorous impact-measurement methodology for the spectrum of social enterprise in Ireland in light of the new National Social Enterprise Policy and international best practice. Research may also consider data collection, verification and reliability as part of establishing the broader evidence-base.

The Call Documentation in the right sidebar includes full details and guidance about the DRCD Social Enterprise Impact Fellowship and about the non-directed call.

Applicants who choose to apply for this strategic funding partner fellowship will also be considered for a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Key dates

Call Open24 September 2020
FAQ deadline16:00 (Irish time) 12 November 2020
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 19 November 2020
Mentor and referee deadline16:00 (Irish time) 26 November 2020
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (Irish time) 03 December 2020
Call outcomeEnd of March 2021
Fellowship start date1 September 2021

Please note that the timings and the application forms provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify


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

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