Visiting Global Fellowship Programme

The UCD Institute for Discovery creates a culture of idea exchange and collaboration that drives cutting edge research excellence. It provides a highly interdisciplinary research environment to address complex challenges, generate innovative solutions, raise new questions and discover unexpected connections.

Discovery Visiting Global Fellowship Programme

This programme supports both established and early stage career researchers with a reputation for excellence, to visit UCD and engage with the university community across disciplinary boundaries.

Through our Visiting Global Fellows Programme, we invite eminent and highly distinguished researchers from leading global institutions to visit us in Dublin, Ireland.

UCD Discovery Visiting Global Fellows 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.

Visiting Global Fellows may be nominated by Academic Schools at UCD, and invited to the University by UCD Discovery.

Due to the worldwide travel restrictions during the academic year 2020-2021, UCD Discovery launched Zoom for Thought, a new platform which allows Discovery to invite Virtual Visiting Fellows to UCD.  Discovery Director Professor Patricia Maguire has hosted some of the world’s finest interdisciplinary minds to chat about a range of thought-provoking topics. 

Visiting Global Fellows will visit UCD between 1 January 2022 and 31 August 2022.

UCD Discovery supports three Fellowship Types

Discovery Distinguished Fellows are established world leaders in their field with an international reputation for interdisciplinary leadership, research and impact. Their visit is championed by a UCD researcher who works 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 are 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.

The University provides all Visiting Global Fellows with:

  • A stipend of €3000 per 28 day visit (or per day sum for shorter visits)
  • Self-catered accommodation, in a university one bedroom flat or equivalent
  • Return airfare in economy class, booked by the University 
  • Transfers to and from UCD
  • Access to the University's computing and library facilities.

The University cannot offer a buy-out for teaching at the home institution. Candidates will usually be on a sabbatical or research leave, or indicate a time when they are free during the year.

Collaboration with UCD Faculty

Discovery Visiting Global Fellows are expected to contribute to the scholarly community at UCD. This includes interacting with staff and students, and participating in the scholarly activities of Schools, Centres and Institutes. 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. Senior Global Fellows will normally give a public lecture or similar during their visit.