Employment Based Programme 2016: Closed

The Irish Research Council has opened the online application system for the 2016 Employment Based Programme call. The Terms and Conditions for the scheme are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Thinking about applying?

Please note that, for reasons of transparency and fairness for all applicants, the Council will not enter into email, written or telephone correspondence with any individual applicant about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply. Please do not telephone the office about the application process.

Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions, in order to answer any queries they may have.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the available documentation, you should contact the Research Office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development, as applicable) in your proposed institution. The Research Office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research Offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to schemes@research.ie with the subject ‘Employment Based Programme 2016 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage below. All queries must be submitted through this FAQ process.

Description of the Employment Based Programme

The Irish Research Council's Employment Based Postgraduate Programme is a unique national initiative. First piloted in 2012, it provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to work in a co-educational environment involving a higher education institution and an employment partner. Since its inception, the Council has created over 120 jobs for researchers who are currently embedded in a range of organisational types, across all academic disciplines and business sectors.

What is an employment partner?

An eligible Employment Partner on this Programme is a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural or not-for-profit organisation, or a commercial semi-state organisation with a physical operational base located in Ireland that will employ the Scholar for the duration of the award.

  • In brief, your organisation is an eligible employment partner if your business has a base in Ireland which can host the Researcher.
  • Your business can commit to a minimum contribution of €8,000 p.a. towards the salary of the Researcher.
  • Your business has the facilities to conduct the research and can provide mentorship to the Researcher.
  • If you are interested in receiving funding for a talented Researcher: register your interest here.

Application process
Please see the Application Flowchart 2016 document below for a diagram of the application and assessment process.

Applications (including Academic Supervisor, Employment Mentor and Referee Forms) will only be accepted through the online application system. 
As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is provided below. Indicative Academic Supervisor, Employment Mentor and Referee forms are also provided. These forms are for information purposes: all applicants (and Supervisors and Referees) must register and submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines listed below.

Important Dates

Call open

8 December 2015

FAQ Deadline

16:00 (Ireland time) 10 February 2016

Applicant Deadline

16:00 (Ireland time) 17 February 2016

Supervisor, Employment Mentor and Referee Deadline

16:00 (Ireland time) 24 February 2016

Research Office Endorsement Deadline

16.00 (Ireland time) 2 March 2016

Outcome of Scheme

27 May 2016

Scholarship Start Date

1 October 2016