There are several new funding options for hosting postdoctoral fellows to UL opening this year, in addition to the annual schemes in operation, these are listed them below by deadline date.

List of current and forthcoming calls for postdoctoral schemes which can be hosted in UL:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Disciplines, main requirements Call Opens Deadline for Applications
Irish Research Council New Frontiers award (NEW) The New Frontiers Research Programme will fund individual awards at all career stages and across all disciplines. (Scope and T&Cs of programme to be finalised) TBA Early 2017 Early 2017
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship  
All disciplines. Fellowships of one or two years duration
Late September 2017 End November 2017
Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Post-Doctoral fellowships
Fellowships usually two years, working with a business, company, charity, not-for-profit or a semi-state commercial organisation. All disciplines.
March 2017 Late June 2017
Irish Research Council EU Co-funded Fellowships CAROLINE MSCA COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship
Incoming and outgoing fellowships with secondment in Non-Governmental Organisation or International Organisation. Two to three years duration. All disciplines.
End August 2017 End October 2017
Enterprise Ireland
EU Co-funded fellowships
Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme Disciplines related to the 15 EI Tech Centres. 50 fellowships of 3 years duration for incoming mobility only to the Centre Hosts, with an enterprise secondment option during the fellowship. 30th Jan 2017
1st March 2018
31st March 2017
30th April 2018
EU Marie Curie

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)  1-2 years duration, mobility rule, secondment is optional.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) Global Fellowships 2-3 years, (2 yrs outgoing, third year return) secondment optional

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) Society and Enterprise Panel 2 years based in charity,business; optional secondment

11th April 2017 14th Sept 2017


Several research centres at the University of Limerick are actively looking for talented researchers to apply with them to the Irish Research Council, EU Marie Curie Fellowships scheme and other funding agencies.

The types of fellowship and eligibility conditions are described above.

UL has a strong record of successful Individual Fellowship applications. In addition, UL offers an attractive environment for researchers, with many academic hosts holding the EU’s “HR Excellence in Research” award. Researchers applying with UL can avail of dedicated support from our research office and from the Irish National Contact Point. To read more about moving to Ireland, visit the EURAXESS Ireland webpage.
UL groups and centres currently seeking postdoctoral applications:

The offers below are listed by research group or institute:

The list of offers will be updated as soon as new offers are received.  Please note this list is not exhaustive. If you do not see an offer which matches your interests, please contact the UL research centre or supervisor directly.  The following websites are useful for identifying hosts:

UL Institutes & Centres

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summary of Fellowships available at UL in 2017-18

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are open to the most promising researchers of any nationality, age or discipline. The University of Limerick welcomes Marie Curie fellows annually especially to our Research Institutes and Centres and provides excellent research mentoring, facilities and a welcoming environment for all researchers. Our Research Support Services offers practical assistance with the preparation of your proposal.

Why University of Limerick?

With an excellent track record in research and innovation, the University of Limerick has an established reputation as Ireland's leading university in industry-led research. This has resulted in significant research commercialization activities and collaborations between our leading researchers and industry.

A research skills training programme and career development training is available to all postdoctoral researchers at UL. Details of our 2017 programme will be available shortly.

As applicants are strongly encouraged to incorporate a short secondment to another organisation into their fellowship plans, we can help you identify, plan and write this section of your proposal.  With the University of Limerick’s strong links with industry, including one of the largest placement programmes in the European Union covering over 1,600 employers globally, we can support fellows in arranging these valuable secondments.

What is a European Fellowship?

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) aims to enhance the creative and innovation potential of experienced researchers (i.e. in possession of PhD or with at least 4 years of research experience full time) through advanced training and mobility. The goal is to support researchers in attaining a leading independent position, e.g. principal investigator, professor or other senior position in education or enterprise. The fellowship duration is 12 to 24 months and primarily covers the salary of the researcher with several other allowances, see below.

What research areas are funded?

All areas of research are covered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, including STEM subjects and the social sciences, humanities and economic sciences. There are 8 evaluation panels in Chemistry, Social Sciences and Humanities, Economic Sciences, Information Science and Engineering, Environment and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and  a new panel, Society & Enterprise (in 2016).

Are you eligible?

1. The researcher must, at the deadline for the submission of proposals, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
2. The researcher may be of any nationality.
3. The mobility rule applies, i.e. the researcher must not have lived, worked, or studied in Ireland for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The IF may also assist researchers to resume a career in research after a break. There are exceptions to this – see FAQ below.

Why should you go for an IF?

• Income: Yearly gross living allowance of €63,333* (plus mobility allowance of €7,200 and family allowance of €6,000 if applicable), resulting in a typical Fellowship Budget of ~€85,000 per annum. Plus the host institution receives €17,400 p.a. institutional unit cost.

• Prestige: These fellowships are highly competitive and obtaining one adds distinction to your CV.

• Independence: The fellow (applicant) determines the fellowship topic and destination.

• Mobility: The fellow gains valuable experience of working in a new EU Member State or Associated Country.

*A country correction coefficient applies to the living allowance (113.5% for Ireland).

Note: The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Therefore, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security and pension contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. In line with current Irish government policy, the University of Limerick automatically enrols all employees into its pension scheme.

When are calls and deadlines in 2016?

The IF call opens on 11th April and applications must be submitted by 14th September, 2017.

This is an annual funding call with one deadline per year. Details of all Calls, including application documentation, may be found on the Participant Portal. This is the Guide for Applicants IF 2016.

When will I hear the result?

Proposals are evaluated in November-December and results will be known by February 2018. The grant agreement should be signed in May 2018.

What if I don't succeed?

In 2015, the success rate for European fellowships was 14%, and for Global fellowships 11%. Approximately 1160 individual fellows were funded. There are several alternatives, for example:

1. The Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowships schemes are open to applicants of any nationality – see call dates above. See last year’s call Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016

2. NEW there are new schemes co-funded by Marie Curie – see CAROLINE (all disciplines) and CAREERFIT (available in a range of Technology Centres) listed above

Keep an eye on for more information on these calls. We assist all UL applicants for these schemes.

Support for UL applicants to postdoctoral fellowship schemes

1. Firstly get in contact early, ideally two months before the deadline. The UL research office team can assist you with verifying your eligibility and finding a mentor affiliated with the University of Limerick. Contact us at your earliest convenience (e-mail

2. We will also work with you on the proposal, so that you can benefit from our guidelines, templates and other supports. If you visit the University, please arrange to meet with us. Our applicants follow the schedule below:

Draft proposal writing (June-July) Applicants register themselves and their proposal in the online Participant Portal using the validated PIC of University of Limerick  = 999809071. Applicants write their proposal with input and support from their mentor and the research office EU team.

Feedback on the proposal (July-August) Applicants should send their draft proposal (80% ready) to the EU team for feedback.

3. Keep an eye on the Irish National Contact Point website for Events & Training We highly recommend these webinars and workshops provided by the Irish Universities Association.

Annual schedule for applicants to the Marie Curie Fellowships at UL

Date Activity Who is involved?
May-July Draft your IF proposal Applicant, UL mentor, UL Research Office
August Finalizing your IF proposal Applicant, UL supervisor, UL Research Office
September Submission Deadline Applicant
February Outcomes announced  
February-March Contract negotiations UL Research Office and Human Resources Office
May 1 The earliest start date at UL  

Where can I find out more about applying?

More information can be found on the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions website.

For further information, please send your cv and a summary of your fellowship research project to any of the contacts above or:
Sharone O’Loughlin,
Research Support Services
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Phone: + 353 61 202160

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the Coordinator?
A: Project proposals are submitted by the host organisation, which is represented by the supervisor, in liaison with you, the researcher.

Q: What exceptions are there to the mobility rule?
A: Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Also an exception is made for the Career Restart and Reintegration options in European Fellowships; no more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the deadline. In the case of the Global Fellowships, the Mobility Rule applies only to the country outside Europe.

Q: If this is not for me but I am still interested in international fellowships, where else can I look for funding?
A: There are a number of other sources for research fellowships open to international applicants such as Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Funding, Science Foundation Ireland, and Health Research Board


MSCA websites:

Horizon 2020 Work Programme for MSCA

MSCA-Individual Fellowship in a nutshell


For questions regarding postdoctoral fellowships at UL, please send a cv and a research proposal outline to: Sharone O’Loughlin, Research Support Services Email: