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Succeed and Lead Fellowship Programme

The Faculty of Education and Health Sciences has created a post-doctoral research Fellowship Programme.  The aim of the Succeed and Lead Fellowship Programme is to attract excellent, ambitious and talented postdoctoral researchers, create a supportive environment around them so that they can conduct excellent research and put them on a pathway towards independence and develop our next generation of research leaders.

Applicants should have a strong academic track record, a growing reputation in research and specialist knowledge required to develop a research portfolio in collaboration with their research leader. We recognise the challenges that early career researchers face to get time, resources and the mentorship required to develop research independence.  We seek to bridge this gap by providing talented and ambitious researchers with: 

  • A competitive salary* 
  • Support for research and travel costs
  • Access to world class facilities
  • Direct mentorship from a panel of research leaders
  • Participation in our bespoke training, development and leadership programme  
  • A supportive environment within a community of Fellows 
  • Excellent networking and inter-disciplinary collaboration opportunities 

*Salary level is dependent on funding source and experience

Key Aspects of the Fellowship Programme

During the first 18 months of the Fellowship, Fellows participate in a development programme that provides a range of professional development opportunities.

Discover further information on the Training, Leadership and Development Programme 

Fellows will meet quarterly with the steering group members. The meetings represent a shared learning opportunity. Each Fellow will provide an update on their research and training activities with reference to their career development plan. As CV advancement and benchmarking is an important component of researcher development, this will be specifically addressed at the quarterly meetings. Fellows will be prompted to consider all experiences that have contributed to their CV advancement, leadership skills and key learning.

Feedback will be a two-way process where Fellows will have an opportunity to provide comment or feedback on the programme and to seek guidance from the steering group on any areas of difficulty. These meetings will be used to facilitate Fellows’ leadership skills, so each Fellow (supported by their research leader) will organize and Chair these meetings in rotation.

The research leader is the primary research mentor to each fellow and will oversee implementation of the career development plan. The research leader and Fellow will meet twice annually to review in detail the career development plan.

The quarterly meetings provide a forum for Fellows to discuss aspects of their career development and to seek assistance, as required, from the steering group. Other members of the steering group may offer assistance to Fellows should they have requisite content expertise.

The training development and leadership programme will take place over the initial 18 months of the fellowship. During this time, Fellows will undertake a maximum of 10 training days. The core competencies outlined above will take 3 days. An additional day will be dedicated to the quarterly meetings. This allows 6 days for elective training (of specialist & core transferable skills) to be undertaken, based on the training needs identified through the research performance & career development plan and with the agreement of their research leader.

The Succeed and Lead Fellowship Programme is facilitated and overseen by a steering group. Membership of the steering group includes:

  • Prof. John Forbes (Chair, Health Economics)
  • Dr Rose Galvin (Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy)
  • Prof. Stephen Gallagher (Assistant Dean, Research)
  • Prof. Merrilyn Goos (Chair, STEM Education)
  • Ms Alison O Regan (Human Resources Representative)
  • Dr Patrick Kiely (Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology)
  • Prof. Anne MacFarlane (Chair, Primary Healthcare Research)
  • Prof. Rachel Msetfi (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences)
  • Dr Orla Power-Grant (EHS, Research Funding Officer)
  • Prof. Catherine Woods (Chair, Physical Activity and Health)

Every 6 weeks the group will meet to discuss progress and oversee the management of the programme.