November 2020 | Samhain 2020

Fourteen UCD Research Projects Secure €10.2 million in Funding through the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme

Tue, 3 November 20 14:30

Following the announcement by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science on 27/10/20, we are delighted to announce that we have been granted funding (covering 90-100% of tuition fees) for applicants to undertake the following programmes in Jan 2021

Please see below list of ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS for recruitment purposes


  1. Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

 To be eligible the applicant must have been:

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  • In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
  • Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status.

It should be noted that acceptance on to a postgraduate course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.  Returners will not pay any course fees.


  1. Jobseekers and Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

People in receipt of PUP or a jobseekers payment can participate on approved July Stimulus part time postgraduate courses.  This category of participant is not liable to pay a fee under this scheme.  In addition, in terms of the priority categories as set out in the call document, this category of applicant should take priority in the allocation of additional places in the recruitment of participants to approved postgraduate part-time courses.


  1. The Employed

Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation.

Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.


  1. Formerly Self-employed

To be eligible those who are formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed.  Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.


Recent graduates 

Full and Part time Postgraduate courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in these courses, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.


Eligible participants must have at least a Level 8 qualification or equivalent prior to acceptance onto a course. Exact academic eligibility requirements will be determined by individual providers and may depend on the nature of the course.


Further eligibility details: