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16 October 2018  


Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships


NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences
Supports For Early Career Academics
Fulbright-NUI Scholar Award
NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences
Comhaltacht Iardhochtúireachta OÉ sa Léann Éireannach agus Ceilteach
NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Irish / Celtic Studies


NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences 2018

NUI is delighted to offer for competition in 2018 the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences 2018, established to honour the memory of the late Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, which is used to provide research support for the NUI Education and Society Committee.

Dr Maurice Manning, NUI Chancellor; Dr Aline Courtois, 2014 NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellow; Prof Patrick Clancy, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UCD; Dr Attracta Halpin, NUI Registrar

(L-R): Dr Maurice Manning, NUI Chancellor; Dr Aline Courtois, 2014 NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellow; Prof Patrick Clancy, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UCD; Dr Attracta Halpin, NUI Registrar

In 2018, a one-year fellowship (with the possibility of an extension to two years) valued at €40,000 (p.a.), will be offered for competition to NUI graduates at post-doctoral level. Applications are welcome under the broad heading of "The Irish University in the 21st century”. While the NUI Education and Society would be pleased to receive a wide range of proposals within this broad heading, applications under the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • Irish Higher Education and the changing nature of learning worldwide;
  • The impact of universities on the development of the creative and cultural sectors in Ireland;
  • How Irish universities reconcile the interests of internal and external stakeholders in their strategic planning and management;
  • The public understanding of the outcomes and value of a university education, in the context of expanding opportunities for post-second level education in Ireland.

Interested candidates should note that it is expected that this Fellowship will be based in the NUI offices in Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

This competition is now closed.

For more information contact awards@nui.ie

Recent Recipients of Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences

Find a selection of profiles of previous recipients of the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship here

Dr Aline Courtois, 2014 recipient of the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences

2014 NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellow Dr Aline Courtois presents her fellowship research on “The Significance of International Student Mobility in Students’ Strategies at Third Level in Ireland” in the College of Anaesthetists, 5 December 2017

2014 NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellow Dr Aline Courtois presents her fellowship research on “The Significance of International Student Mobility in Students’ Strategies at Third Level in Ireland” in the College of Anaesthetists, 5 December 2017

Dr Aline Courtois undertook her research on International Student Mobility in the NUI offices on Merrion Square as part of her fellowship in 2015-2016.

NUI held a Seminar in the College of Anaesthetists on 5 December 2017 to showcase Dr Courtois’ research. At the seminar, entitled “The Significance of International Student Mobility in Students’ Strategies at Third Level in Ireland”, Dr Courtois presented the findings of her research to an audience of International Office representatives, academics and students in the field of international education and languages.

The key aim of Dr Courtois’ study is to address the lack of research on the experiences of Irish students engaging in short-term mobility for study. The paper examined the benefits of student mobility at individual, institutional, national and regional levels within the context of HEI’s strategies on internationalisation. 

Professor Patrick Clancy, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UCD gave a response to Dr Courtois' paper and an open discussion of the paper with seminar attendees followed.

A copy of Dr Courtois' research paper "The Significance of International Student Mobility in Students’ Strategies at Third Level in Ireland” can be downloaded here.

 

Supports For Early Career Academics

NUI is always keen to investigate practical ways in which it can best support its graduates and member institutions and in recent months has been exploring potential additional supports that it could provide to Early Career Academics that would usefully supplement those already offered in the constituent universities. Following consultation with early stage and senior-level academics as well as university staff who provide information to and supports for Early Career Academics, NUI is committed to providing additional supports to Early Career Academics in NUI universities in the coming year.

2Early Career Academics

NUI has defined Early Career Academics, for the purposes of this type of outreach, as:

  • Graduates of doctoral status awarded no earlier than three years before the time of application, holding any degree of the National University of Ireland;
  • Holders of either (i) a PhD or (ii) a Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded in a constituent university (i.e. UCD, UCC, NUI Galway, Maynooth University) or other NUI member institution no earlier than 3 years previously, i.e. January 2015;
  • Must not have held more than one post-doctoral fellowship to date;
  • Members of staff in the NUI constituent universities and other NUI member institutions who are subject to temporary or fixed-term contracts. Full-time and permanent members of staff are not eligible to apply.

Note: Additional eligibility criteria may be incorporated into the supports offered. Information will be made available shortly relating to the application process for such additional supports. Applicants should note that, subject to the number of applications received, a shortlisting process may apply. Please email awards@nui.ie if you require any more information.

Under the current NUI Awards scheme, there are a number of awards/grants available to Early Career Academics as detailed below.

 

Fulbright-NUI Scholar Award

Fullbright image The Fulbright Commission and the National University of Ireland are delighted to offer a new post-doctoral level scholar award for early career researchers to enable them to complete post-doctoral or professional research or lecturing in the United States for a period ranging from a minimum of three months to a maximum of 12 months.

Applicants must be NUI graduates and holders of either (i) a PhD or (ii) a Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded in a constituent university (i.e. UCD, UCC, NUI Galway, Maynooth University) or other NUI member institution no earlier than 3 years previously, i.e. 2014.

The Fulbright Awards Competition is now open for applications until 6 November 2018.

To apply, download the awards information sheet and visit the Fulbright website.

In 2018, the NUI, with the Fulbright Commission, awarded grants to the following post-doctoral candidates:

L-R: Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile and Dr Niamh Wycherley, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Irish and Celtic Studies; Dr Brian Hughes and Dr Bronagh McShane, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities.

L-R: 2018-2019 Fulbright-NUI Scholar Award recipients Dr Cian O’Leary, RCSI and Dr Laura Lovejoy, UCC with Patricia Maguire, Head of Academic Services and Registry, NUI at the 2018 Fulbright Awards Ceremony in the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Deerpark.

NUI-Fulbright Award Recipients 2018-2019

Dr Laura Lovejoy, a graduate of UCC and UCD, will undertake her NUI-Fulbright award at New York University.

Dr Laura Lovejoy is an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the School of English at University College Cork. As a Fulbright-NUI Scholar to the Department of English, New York University, she will research early twentieth-century literary representations of commercial sex, investigating how novelistic depictions of commercial sex intersect and diverge across geographical and cultural borders.

 

Dr Cian O'Leary, a graduate of RCSI and UCC, will undertake his NUI-Fulbright award at University of California, San Diego.

Dr Cian O’Leary is a Pharmaceutics Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and a Principal Investigator in the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. As a Fulbright-NUI Scholar in the Dept. of Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego, he will undertake research to develop tissue-engineered in vitro models of breast cancer metastasis with the objective to address critical bottlenecks in the discovery of novel anticancer therapeutics.




NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

In 2018, one NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities was offered to NUI graduates in all branches of the Humanities at a value of €80,000 (€40,000 a year for two years).

The competition is now closed for applications.

The NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities will be offered again in the 2020 NUI Awards competition.

L-R: Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile and Dr Niamh Wycherley, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Irish and Celtic Studies; Dr Brian Hughes and Dr Bronagh McShane, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities.

L-R: Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile and Dr Niamh Wycherley, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Irish and Celtic Studies; Dr Brian Hughes and Dr Bronagh McShane, recipients of the 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Humanities.



The NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships are funded by a special NUI Fund. The main purpose of these Fellowships is to encourage and support doctoral graduates of proven academic excellence to advance their scholarly research. It is expected that the research undertaken will result in a substantial contribution to knowledge, worthy of publication, and contribute to the learning culture in the constituent institutions.





Recent Recipients of Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

Dr Brian Hughes, a graduate of Maynooth University, was a 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities

"I held the NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities from 2016–17, prior to taking up my current position as a lecturer in the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. My Fellowship was hosted at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University. Holding the NUI Fellowship allowed me to build upon my PhD and previously published research. My PhD examined the nature of low-level violence in Irish communities during the Irish Revolution (c. 1913–23), including the interaction between the IRA and local loyalists. The new project developed during my Fellowship is a natural extension of this as it traces southern Irish loyalist migration in the decade after 1922, and the experiences of those who left southern Ireland in this period.

The NUI Fellowship has been invaluable to my career progression. It allowed me the time and space to develop a new research agenda, to build my reputation as a historian, and to augment my research profile. Working at An Foras Feasa also allowed me to interact with colleagues from the digital humanities and this interdisciplinary environment has had a further positive impact on the quality and impact of my research."


Dr Bronagh McShane, a graduate of Maynooth University, was a 2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities

2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipients in the Humanities, Dr Bronagh McShane, Maynooth University/NUI Galway; Dr Brian Hughes, Maynooth University.

2016 NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipients in the Humanities, Dr Bronagh McShane, Maynooth University/NUI Galway; Dr Brian Hughes, Maynooth University.

"During the tenure of my NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship, I will be based at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. My project will provide a comprehensive, long-term study of the experiences and activities of Irish women religious from 1530 down to the mid-eighteenth century, a period of tumultuous religious change and upheaval. The suppression of religious houses in Ireland during the 1530s and 1540s marked an abrupt end to a formal way of religious life, which traced its origins back to the early Christian Church.

It (the NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship) will allow me to conduct a number of vital research trips to archives and repositories in Ireland, the UK and Europe where I will consult essential primary source documentation necessary for the completion of my research. The NUI award will also greatly assist me in the dissemination of my research. As an NUI Fellow, I plan to deliver a number of conference presentations, both nationally and internationally."


NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences

Dr Christopher Broderick, 2017 recipient of the NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences.

Dr Christopher Broderick, 2017 recipient of the NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences.

In 2017, one NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences was offered to NUI graduates in all branches of the Humanities.

The value of the Fellowship was €80,000 (€40,000 a year for two years).

The NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowships are funded by a special NUI Fund. The main purpose of these Fellowships is to encourage and support doctoral graduates of proven academic excellence to advance their scholarly research. It is expected that the research undertaken will result in a substantial contribution to knowledge, worthy of publication, and contribute to the learning culture in the constituent institutions.

The NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences will be offered again for competition in 2019.


 

 

 


Comhaltacht Iardhochtúireachta OÉ sa Léann Éireannach agus Ceilteach

Cuireadh an Chomhaltacht Iardhochtúireachta seo, maoinithe ag Ciste Adam Boyd Simpson agus Eleanor Boyd, ar fáil do chomórtas i measc céimithe OÉ in 2016.

Is é €80,000 an luach a bhí ar an gComhaltacht (€40,000 in aghaidh na bliana ar feadh dhá bhliain).

Is é príomhchuspóir na Comhaltachta seo ná chun spreagadh agus tacaíocht a thabhairt d’iarrthóir iardhochtúireachta ar shárchaighdeán acadúil a dtaighde scolártha a chur chun cinn i réimse an Léinn Éireannaigh agus Cheiltigh. Beifear ag súil gurb é toradh an taighde ná go gcuirfear go mór leis an eolas agus gur fiú é a fhoilsiú agus go gcuirfear leis an gcultúr foghlama sna comh-institiúidí.

 

NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Irish / Celtic Studies

This Post-Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the Adam Boyd Simpson and the Eleanor Boyd Fund, was offered for competition amongst NUI graduates in 2016.


The value of the Fellowship was €80,000 (€40,000 a year for two years).

The main purpose of this Fellowship is to encourage and support a post-doctoral graduate of proven academic excellence to advance their scholarly research in the area of Irish / Celtic Studies. It is expected that the research undertaken will result in a substantial contribution to knowledge, worthy of publication, and contribute to the learning culture in the constituent institutions.