ENERGY21 Programme
Marie Sk?odowska-Curie COFUND Action

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Support Services for Fellows

UCD Support

UCD will offer support to all applicants during the entire period from application preparation stage until the end of the Fellowship and beyond.

The ENERGY21 Programme Manager will run a support helpdesk for applicants and Fellows throughout the duration of the Programme. Helpdesk Support will include provision of information on:

  • the application,
  • the eligibility criteria
  • the submission procedure
  • suitability of a research topic (whether it fits within the remit of the UCD Energy Institute)

The Programme Manager will also facilitate technical support for any problems associated with the online application system. 

Career Education, Information and Guidance Service

‌Fellows will have access to the supports offered by the UCD Career Development Centre which provides a professional Career Education, Information and Guidance Service to support postdoctoral researchers in making effective career decisions and managing an effective transition to the next phase of their career development. 

Induction and Training Development

All Fellows recruited for the ENERGY21 Programme will receive Induction training and will be expected to participate in the mandatory training courses devised specifically for Postdocs.

EURAXESS Service Centre

Applicants and Fellows can also avail of range of services offered by the Irish EURAXESS Office. provides information on a range of issues and areas affecting researchers, including immigration and visas, employment law, healthcare, childcare, social services and life in Ireland.

EURAXESS, in collaboration with ENERGY21 Programme, will organise a welcome event for all Fellows.

Hosting Agreement (Researcher Visa Scheme)

Ireland is a signatory of the Hosting Agreement Scheme. The Scheme offers a free and fast track service for visa applications for higher education institutions and the private sector, who wish to recruit non-EU researchers to the country. Under the Scheme visas are issued rapidly and work permits are not required. Researcher’s families can accompany them immediately and use public schooling. Family members have access to the job market and the researchers can stay on to look for a job after their contract ends.

The Scheme is operated by the EURAXESS Ireland office based in the Irish Universities Association and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. 

Co-funded by Marie Sk?odowska Curie COFUND Action of the European Union. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no “609401”.