Three new Marie Curie Fellows set to join University of Limerick

Dr Mehakpreet Singh & Dr Ibrahim Saana Aminu, Bernal Institute
Dr Arash Kia, Kemmy Business School

The University of Limerick is set to welcome three new Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellows in 2019 with two more on the reserve list. Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellowships have been awarded to;

  • Dr Mehakpreet Singh working on mathematical modelling of particulate processes for pharmaceutical drug manufacturing with Prof Gavin Walker, Bernal Institute. Dr Singh achieved a score of 100% for his project.
  • Dr Ibrahim Saana Aminu looking at novel porous graphite as cathodes for advanced aluminium-ion batteries and working with Prof Kevin Ryan, Bernal Institute.
  • Dr Arash Kia whose research will apply machine Learning to Cyber Risk Analysis and Mitigation. Dr Kia will be working with Dr Finbarr Murphy, Kemmy Business School.

In addition, two IRC Caroline Marie Curie Fellows have been successful in the Departments of History and Psychology and details of these will be announced shortly.

The quality of the candidates applying to work at the University of Limerick is evidenced in their success rate, where 46% of the University of Limerick proposals received a score of 85 or higher and will therefore be awarded a Seal of Excellence. The University has also had three consecutive years of success in the Marie-Curie COFUND Programme which will fund 48 international Fellows over the next four years.

Candidates and supervisors interested in applying for future Marie Skłodowska-Curie calls can avail of a dedicated Marie Curie Masterclass programme which will take place in late May 2019.

Sharone O’Loughlin explains “These interactive training days focus on proposal preparation for the 2019 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) call. In 2018, our Masterclass welcomed 13 talented applicants from across the world and their University of Limerick supervisors. With three awards confirmed, our success rate was 23% so far, with another two candidates on the reserve list. This compares to a 12% success rate for the programme in general.”

Apply for our Marie Curie Masterclass May 2019

The two-day Masterclass is open to eligible applicants who plan to submit a proposal for the 2019 MCSA Individual Fellowship call with University of Limerick as their future host institution and who have the support of a University of Limerick supervisor. Researchers currently working at the University of Limerick and who want to apply for a MSCA Global Fellowship are also welcome. Attendees travel and accommodation costs from 28-29 May (maximum 2 nights) will be reimbursed by the University, up to specified limits. The deadline for applications to the Masterclass is 5pm, 29th March 2019.

To find out more, contact Sharone O’Loughlin, Research Support Services, UL. Email: or Dr Orla Power-Grant in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Email: