Is UCD ENERGY21 Fellowship Programme open to applicants from any country?
Applicants from any country in the world can apply for all three types of Fellowships, provided that they meet mobility criteria for the Fellowship type appropriate for them. Applicants for Incoming Fellowships Level 1 and 2 at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Applicants for the Reintegration Fellowships should meet the following criteria: (i) hold a doctoral degree; (ii) have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 4 years in the last 6 years at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals; and (iii) were resident in Ireland for over four years before the commencement of their research in the Third Country.
Is there a restrictive criterion related to countries a researcher is currently working in when applying for the Reintegration Fellowship scheme?
Researchers who wish to apply for the ENERGY21 Reintegration Fellowships must must have been resident in Ireland for over four years before the commencement of their research in the Third Country and hold a doctoral degree. In addition, researchers must have worked for at least 3 years in the last 5 years in an Other Third Country at the time of the deadline of the call they apply for. Third countries are countries which are neither EU member states or third countries associated with FP7.
Is there an age limit for Incoming Fellows and Reintegration Fellows applying for the UCD ENERGY21 Fellowships?
ENERGY21 Programme has no age limit for any researchers applying for its Fellowships. Applicants have to meet the specific eligibility criteria outlined in detail in the Eligibility Criteria section of the website, but age is not one of them.
Can someone with research experience but without a PhD apply?
Researchers who apply for ENERGY21 Incoming Fellowships Level 1 and 2 must, at the time of the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience. All candidates for reintegration scheme must be in possession of a doctoral degree.
At least four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience applies to researchers who have been working on their PhD for at least four years and are near completion and those who have four years of full time experience in research, but are not working towards PhD completion (examples of such researchers include: someone with MD (medical doctor, which is not considered equivalent to a PhD in the Marie Curie Actions) or a research assistant in academia or industry).
How can I calculate required research experience when applying for Fellowships under ENERGY21?
All research undertaken after the researcher has gained a university degree/diploma giving them access to doctoral studies (the degree/diploma must entitle the holder to embark on doctoral studies without having to acquire any further qualifications) can be counted. Research experience in an organisation where research activity was only part of applicant’s duties will not be counted as full time research experience. Applicants lacking the requisite years of full-time postgraduate research experience by the deadline for the submission of proposals are not eligible.
What is the PhD completion date that I should use to determine the length of my post-PhD experience?
The PhD completion date to be used to calculate the length of applicant’s post PhD experience is the viva date, provided that the researcher has successfully passed the viva and has been recommended for the PhD award as a result of it.
I have taken a career break, but would like to return to research, can I apply?
UCD wishes to encourage those researchers who have temporarily left research to return to their research careers. UCD also wishes to value those working experiences that do not qualify as pure ‘research experience’, but that nevertheless are valuable experiences in the researcher’s career, such as periods in project management. UCD also wishes to value research experience in other sectors, such as industry, where applicants may not have been in a position to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Therefore, career breaks of up to 5 years are taken into account.
Career breaks include parental leave, maternity leave, caring leave, or periods of working in an industrial or governmental/public sector setting where the applicant was not in a position to publish peer-reviewed publications, or periods spent working in a purely teaching position where the applicant was unable to continue their research.