President's Welcome

Welcome to the UCD Ad Astra Fellows website. University College Dublin is in a phase of intense development, and the UCD Ad Astra Fellowship scheme provides an opportunity for high-potential early-stage academics to come on an exciting journey with us. We are looking for the best and brightest talent from around the world to come and be a part of Ireland’s Global University, as we expand our faculty numbers, reducing our student:faculty ratio and allowing us to introduce exciting new pedagogical approaches that will prepare our graduates for a future society transformed by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Already the biggest producer of research output in Ireland, our ambition is to be known around the world as an excellent research-intensive university, where a suite of strong disciplines forms the foundation for high quality interdisciplinary research, scholarship and innovation. Through this combination of world-leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary research we will vigorously tackle significant global issues and challenges, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you share our values of excellence, creativity, integrity, collegiality, engagement and diversity, and want to build your career in an ambitious research-intensive university in one of Europe’s most vibrant, friendly, cosmopolitan and connected cities, please grasp this opportunity to join us.

Professor Andrew J Deeks
UCD President

Ad Astra Fellows Overview


UCD is a research-intensive global university with purpose, drive and ambition. To contribute to the achievement of our mission and vision, we wish to hire additional faculty who share our ambition and our values: excellence, creativity, collegiality, engagement, integrity and diversity.

UCD has developed a new Central Pool Academic Appointments initiative that is aligned with the University Strategy key objectives:

1. Increase the quality, quantity and impact of our research, scholarship and innovation.
2. Provide an educational experience that defines international best practice.
3. Consolidate and strengthen our disciplines.
4. Conduct strong interdisciplinary research and education in important areas of national and global need.
5. Attract and retain an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff.
6. Build our engagement locally, nationally and internationally.
7. Develop and strengthen our University community.


The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is one part of this initiative. Approximately 65 appointments will be made at Lecturer/Assistant Professor grade each year targeting high potential early-stage academics. Applications are invited across all academic disciplines represented in UCD. Excellence, creativity and the interest and capacity to engage across disciplines are underpinning values.

The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is extremely competitive and applicants are expected to have research outputs in the pipeline that will readily transition to research activity within UCD.


Ad Astra Fellows Apply Now

Closing Date 22nd April 2019

Apply Here

Why Choose UCD?

Why Choose UCD?

University College Dublin is a scholarly community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. A research-intensive university and ranked within the top 1% of world universities, UCD is both distinctively Irish and global in its standing, reach and impact.

Learn more about the university and our leadership team along with details of our strategic plan which sets out the university’s mission, values and the vision for what UCD should be by 2020.


UCD is one of the world’s elite universities – among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

The university has fourteen subjects in the world’s top 100 and 35 within the world’s top 200 (QS Subject rankings 2019.)

UCD’s field-weighted citation impact (2013-2017) is 1.74 or 74% above world averages, reflecting the quality of research.   

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Industry Partnerships

The University has a focus on six research priorities, which map to critical global research challenges.

Our six priority areas are: Agri-Food; Culture, Economy and Society; Energy; Environment; Health; and ICT.  

UCD has collaborated with over 1,000 companies on research programmes and receives funding from over 250 partner companies across the six research themes.

Industry Partnership

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Why Choose Ireland?

Ireland is a small country with a big heart and hundreds of years of history behind it.  It is steeped in culture and no matter what your interests are, this country has something to offer for everyone. 

Dublin is an exciting and vibrant city which is also a gateway to some stunning and picturesque rural areas including nearby Co. Wicklow.

Dublin takes pride in its rich history and culture.  Our music, art and literature have travelled the world and made an impact on millions of hearts and minds.   It is a truly global city, and while walking around the streets you will hear the many languages of a new Dublin. These new influences and adopted voices now play a role in defining the multi-faceted culture which resides in Dublin today.  Through this mixture of new and old you will find a Dublin which has grown into the cosmopolitan and vibrant city which is proud of its rich past but continuously striving towards the future.

UCD is located within 4km's of Dublin city centre.  The Belfield campus is a modern campus where employees can avail of world class facilities and participate in a range of engagement activities.