Research Career Development Fellowships

This scheme provides support for postdoctoral researchers at academic organisations in the Republic of Ireland who aim to become independent scientists leading their own group. Awards are made in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:

Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic, Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

5 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.

Republic of Ireland

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

August 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    7 August 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    19 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    21–23 February 2018

November 2017 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    20 November 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    1 February 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisted candidate interviews

    6–8 June 2018

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Science team.

People we've funded