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. 

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 bursary of up to €3000 to include;

  • Hotel or 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.

A biogeochemical study of labourers from the South African mineral revolution - Dr. Linda Mbeki

June - August 2022

The UCD Institute for Discovery, UCD Humanities Institute and the UCD School of Medicine welcome Linda Mbeki, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, and Assistant Curator, Iziko Museums of South Africa, for a three-month Discovery Early Career fellowship exploring “A biogeochemical study of labourers from the South African mineral revolution.

Read full article here.

May AI Be With You: Outcomes, Opportunities and Obstructions of the Digital Revolution, EU Erasmus+ UniSA Monnet Network Meeting - Professor Anthony Elliott

June 2022


The UCD Institute for Discovery, welcomes Professor Anthony Elliott, Dean of External Engagement, Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network at the University of South Australia for a Discovery Distinguished fellowship.

Professor Elliott is also Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) in the Graduate School of Human Relations, Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Anthony Elliott was born in Australia and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was supervised by Lord Anthony Giddens, architect of Third Way progressive politics. Professor Elliott was formerly Director of the Hawke Research Institute at UniSA (2012-2016), and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Head of the Department of Sociology at Flinders University (2006-2012).

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