CAROLINE MSCA COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowships*

The IRC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme entitled CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’ will provide experienced researchers** with an opportunity to obtain a prestigious research mobility and career development Fellowship. Successful candidates will carry out research either in Ireland or abroad and will gain inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary exposure through this programme.

CAROLINE will attract experienced researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. The 17 goals within Agenda 2030 are relevant for researchers across all academic disciplines and will be of interest to researchers with diverse career objectives in mind, including those within academia, civic society, and industry.

A key feature of the programme is collaboration between the academic sector, non-governmental organisations and international organisations. The scope of potential organisations for inter-sectoral collaboration in terms of their mission is intended to be broad, and will speak to one or more of the goals under Agenda 2030. Potential partner organisations are not limited to ‘development-orientated’ NGOs or those working in support of developing countries. 

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713279.

**For the purpose of the scheme, “Experienced researchers” are defined as those who are in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

***To access information about the current call (Call 2), please visit the Call 2 webpage here.***


The Council held a webinar on Friday 13 May 2016 for prospective applicants, Research Officers, as well as representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations (IOs). The webinar’s recording is available to view here.

UN Resolution “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”



Terms and Conditions for CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’ MSCA Co-funded 2017 call (Call 1) are available online here

Important dates

FAQ deadline

16:00 (Irish time) 21st November 2016

Applicant deadline

16:00 (Irish time) 30th November 2016

Referee, academic mentor, referee, secondment mentor and placement mentor deadline

16:00 (Irish time) 7th December 2016


Research office         endorsement deadline

16:00 (Irish time) 14th December 2016

“Time of recruitment”

31st March 2017

Scheme outcome

April 2017

Deadline for submission of agreements between home host organisations and main partner organisations to the Council

30th June 2017

Fellowships start date

1st October 2017


Call 1 (Closed) - Information for prospective applicants, mentors and referees

Call 1 (Closed) - Information for NGOs/IOs interested in participating in the scheme