The School of Music at UCD is a leading hub of musical research in Ireland and regularly hosts externally-funded doctoral fellows.

Current Fellow

Dr Joseph Mason (2019-2021)
Mentor: Dr Frank Lawrence
Project title: Music and Violence in Thirteenth-Century France

We are currently hosting Joseph Mason as a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Irish Research Council. More information on Dr Mason's work is available here.

Fellowship Applications

The School of Music welcomes inquiries from scholars wishing to spend time at UCD on an externally funded fellowship. If UCD is able to host your application, you will get:

  • support from an individual mentor or supervisor through the application process
  • further School-level support through an internal review process
  • access to additional support from UCD Research and Innovation, including tailored guidance documents

If your application is successful, you will join a friendly and diverse group of scholars and continue to benefit from individual mentorship throughout your time at UCD. You will also benefit from the sector-leading postdoctoral career development framework offered by UCD Research Skills & Career Development.

We sometimes run competitions to select candidates to support for the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (funded by the Irish Research Council) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, but have decided to pause both competitions this year, in order to focus on supporting existing applicants. Nonetheless, if you feel that UCD would be an especially good home for your research and that you could present a compelling application, you are welcome to contact directly a potential mentor, bearing in mind the need to allow plentiful time (at least ten weeks, but ideally more) before the funder deadlines.

Applications for any other externally funded schemes are welcome. Such schemes might include Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentships (for current UK residents), Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships, and other European Research Council or Irish Research Council funding schemes. If you wish to apply for such a scheme, please contact the faculty member you are most likely to work with as soon as possible, and at least ten weeks in advance of the funder's deadline. General enquiries can be sent to music@ucd.ie.

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult with those policies here. We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy. The University last year reaffirmed its commitment to addressing racism and discrimination and the College of Arts and Humanities EDI Committee released a statement in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.