Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme: This Irish Research Council 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 Irish Research Council offer

  • a salary of €31,275 per annum
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,455 per annum (11.05% of salary)
  • employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255 per annum (20% 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. Guides on how to submit your application on the online system will be made available when the call opens.

Key dates

Deadline Date
Call Open 24 September 2020
FAQ deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 12 November 2020
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 19 November 2020
Mentor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 26 November 2020
Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 03 December 2020
Call outcome End of March 2021
Fellowship start date 1 October 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. provides information about postgraduate courses and study in Ireland. We list virtually every postgraduate course in Ireland in Ireland, so you can search for the course of your choice.


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