Visiting Fellowships

Discovery Research Fellowships


The UCD Institute for Discovery creates a culture of idea exchange and collaboration that drives advanced research excellence. It provides a highly interdisciplinary research environment to address complex challenges: generating innovative solutions, raising new questions and discovering unexpected connections.

To further our mission of bringing together the world’s best researchers to address world-class problems, we invite applications to our 2018-19 Discovery Research Fellowship Programme. This programme will support both established and early career researchers to visit UCD and engage with the university community across disciplinary boundaries. Discovery Research Fellows will contribute to the research activities of the university and seed strong research collaborations with local research groups, with a view to continued engagement beyond the period of the fellowship.


Three Fellowship Types  

Discovery Distinguished Fellows are highly distinguished researchers with a global reputation for interdisciplinary research and impact. Their visits will be championed by a UCD researcher who will work with the institute to curate a series of high-quality engagement events with the university community.

Discovery Early Career Fellows are early career fellows (2-12 years post PhD) with the potential to produce world class research whose research cuts across disciplinary boundaries. They will work with local UCD researchers on topics of mutual interest and fully take part in the research life of the university.

Self-funded Fellows will be self-funded visitors to the university whose research straddles a number of disciplines and who would benefit from affiliation with the Institute for Discovery. These fellows will benefit from ‘in-kind’ supports from the Institute, such as networking supports, engagement activities, institutional affiliation etc.

Collaboration with UCD Faculty

Fellows are encouraged to communicate in advance with any research groups or individuals with whom they would like to collaborate. The Institute can help applicants to identify potential collaborators prior to their visits, as well as arranging networking activities during the fellows’ visit.

Evaluation Criteria.

All applications will be evaluated by the Discovery Research Fellowship Selection Committee according to the following criteria:

1. International standing and interdisciplinary contribution of the candidate as appropriate to the career stage of the candidate (40%)

2. Quality of the proposed interdisciplinary research activities while at the Institute (30%)

3. Contribution to the wider scholarly community at UCD, including future projected interdisciplinarity collaborations.  (20%)

4. Collegiality and ability to contribute to the community of ID Fellows (10%)

In selecting the final list of successful Fellows, the Selection Committee will also take into account

  • the gender balance of fellows
  • the geographical and disciplinary diversity of the Fellows in each period
  • the balance between established scholars/practitioners and emerging talent

For more information and to apply please contact discovery [at]