Employment Based Programme 2017

The 2017 Employment Based Programme for 2017 is now Closed.

The information below is for information purposes only as the Call for 2017 is closed. It is anticipated that the 2018 Employment Based Programme Call will open in December 2017. Please note that this is subject to change. 


The Terms and Conditions for the scheme are available for 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.

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 2017 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage below. 

All queries must be submitted through this FAQ process. Please do not telephone the office about the application process.

Description of the Employment Based Programme

The 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.

What is an employment partner?

Employment Partner shall mean a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation, a semi-state commercial organisation or eligible public body with a physical operational base located in Ireland that will employ the scholar for the duration of the award.

Public Body shall mean a public service body with specific scientific or cultural infrastructure that is integral to the conduct and completion of the proposed research.

Eligibility: If a public body or HEI is a research performing organisation eligible to apply independently for Irish Research Council schemes, it is not eligible to be funded as an employment partner under this scheme.

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 2017 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. The online application system is now open and a Guide for Applicants is posted below.

As an aid to preparing an application prior to the opening of the online application system, 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

14 December 2016

FAQ deadline 

16:00 (Ireland time) 10 February 2017

Applicant deadline

 16:00 (Ireland time) 16 February 2017

Supervisor, employment mentor and referee deadline

  16:00 (Ireland time) 23 February 2017

Research office endorsement deadline

 16:00 (Ireland time) 2 March 2017

Scheme outcome

25 May 2017

Scholarship start date

1 October 2017

NOTE: once the online application system opens, guideline documents will be made available here for applicants, supervisors, employment mentors, referees and Research Offices. Documentation in Irish will follow.