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The School of Music at University College Dublin invites expressions of interest from scholars wishing to apply for Government of Ireland (GOI) or Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships are open to candidates of all nationalities wishing to pursue postdoctoral research for a period of one to three years, depending on the scheme, with mobility requirements in the case of MSCA Fellowships.

Fellowship Applications

We are selecting applicants for both schemes as part of a single competition. You are welcome to apply for support for only one scheme of your choosing or for both schemes together. Please note, however, that it is not possible to apply for more than one type of fellowship within each scheme (for example, to apply for both a one-year and a two-year GOI postdoctoral fellowship).

Successful applicants for both schemes are likely to have at least one significant peer-reviewed publication. For the purposes of this internal competition in particular, we are happy to hear about work that is forthcoming or in press – please simply list this appropriately on your CV. There should be an excellent fit between your research and that of a potential mentor or pair of co-mentors (see faculty research profiles). Please note that Professor Harry White is not available to act as mentor for these competitions and that Professor Thérèse Smith is available as mentor only for one-year projects. In the case of interdisciplinary projects, you are welcome to suggest co-mentors from outside of the School of Music.

If you would like UCD to consider hosting an application, please send the following as a single PDF document to (opens in a new window)music@ucd.ie by 5pm Irish time on 7 May 2024.

  • A covering note detailing which exact scheme or schemes you wish to apply for and confirming that you meet the essential eligibility criteria with regard to mobility (MSCA) and time since PhD (MSCA and GOI). If you intend to apply for a MSCA Global Fellowship, please also indicate which global partner you would intend to include, and whether you have yet been in contact with that institution.
  • CV
  • A short summary (1,000 to 2,000 words) of your proposed research project, to include aims and/or objectives, central research questions, and methodology.
    • If applying for a one-year GOI fellowship, this summary is likely to cover the overall scope of your dissertation, but should also include details of the specific publications you wish to work on arising from your dissertation.
    • If applying for both a MSCA and an GOI fellowship for a substantially similar project, only one such summary is required. You may, however, take the summary as referring primarily to the proposed GOI application, and add an optional additional statement (up to 500 words) detailing how a MSCA application would depart from this.
    • If applying for MSCA and GOI fellowships for substantially different projects, you may include two summaries of 1,000 to 2,000 words each.
  • A short description (up to 350 words) of how your work would fit with that of a potential mentor (or mentors) and, where applicable, with other members of the School or University. Again, please note the importance attached to this fit.

We recognise the competing time pressures of early career scholars and seek to keep this internal selection process as simple as possible. As such, we do not require a cover letter, writing sample, or any other materials. We are also happy at this stage for considerable flexibility in length of summary research proposal, to allow you to reuse other materials as easily as possible. As long as that proposal stays within the range specified above, its length will not be taken into account in the selection process. You are encouraged to contact informally a potential mentor in advance of the above deadline, but are not at all obliged to do so.

Other enquiries may be sent to (opens in a new window)music@ucd.ie. Please note that we are unable at this stage to provide general advice on whether there is a suitable mentor in the School. We would advise instead that potential applicants review individual faculty interests and contact the best-matched potential mentor directly in the case of any doubt

Further application details listed below:

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships - 2024 Applications

Please note that the information presented here is provisional, based on details of the most recent round, as the next round of this scheme has not yet formally opened.

The Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme allows fully-funded fellowships of either one or two years. One-year fellowships allow the opportunity to develop publications from your PhD. Two-year fellowships allow the opportunity to develop either a new project or a project that expands significantly on your PhD. Neither route is known to be more or less competitive (and the School has had significant success with both in recent years); the difference is only in the scheme aims.

The salary for Fellows starting in 2024 is €42,783, rising to €43,371in the second year of two-year fellowships, with a €5,000 p/a research allowance.

Applicants should have been awarded their PhD within the 5 years leading up to 31 May 2025 (the date of graduation is used for this purpose). Applications are also permitted from final year dissertation students, as long as the PhD is due to be completed, including submission of corrected thesis, by 31 May (it is not necessary to have graduated in this instance). There are no prior nationality or residency requirements. The average success rate in recent years has been around 15%. More information is available at:(opens in a new window)(opens in a new window)http://research.ie/funding/goipd/

The final funder deadline is expected to be in mid-to-late October 2024.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships - 2024 Applications

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships - 2024 Applications

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships offer a greater number of fellowship routes and eligibility options than do GOIPD Fellowships. We therefore strongly advise that you check carefully your eligibility against the details provided directly by the European Commission (see links provided below).

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships allow fully-funded fellowships for one to three years. The purpose of the fellowships is to "enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility." This is usually achieved (in a university setting) through the completion of an individual research project under the supervision of an experienced academic. The key eligibility requirement is some kind of international mobility. There are two schemes:

European Postdoctoral Fellowships: For researchers wishing to move from any country to the relevant EU member state or associated country (in this case, Ireland). Researchers would stay at UCD for a period of 12-24 months.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: Allow an outgoing phase of 12-24 months in an institution in a “third country” (not an EU member state or associated country), followed by a 12-month “return period” to an EU or associated country institution (in this case, UCD).

In practice, European Fellowships are suitable for researchers wishing to move to Ireland from any other country. Global Fellowships are suitable for researchers wishing to spend time in Ireland and another country. Current Irish residents wishing to spend time at UCD through a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship would normally be eligible only for the Global Fellowship route.

Applicants should have been awarded their PhD within eight years of the MSCA deadline (11 September 2024). Career breaks and “experience outside research” do not count towards the eight-year maximum, nor does time spent in third countries by EU / associated country nationals or by long-term residents who wish to reintegrate into EU / associated country research.

The fellowships provide a living allowance equivalent to a competitive salary, alongside additional mobility and family allowances where applicable; exact amounts vary depending on personal circumstances, fellowship route, and host country (for the outgoing phase of Global Fellowships).

An overview of the relevant information is available (opens in a new window)here, and further details are available (opens in a new window)here.

The final funder deadline will be 11 September 2024.

Current Fellows

Dr Chrysi Kyratsou, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow 
Mentor: Dr Jaime Jones
Project Title: Musicking Encounters And Pathways To Inclusion: Uses Of Music Among Asylum- Seekers In Greek Reception Centres

(opens in a new window)Dr Francesco Milella, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentors: Dr Tomás McAuley (Music) and Dr Ivar McGrath (History)
Project Title: The impact of the Atlantic circulation of Italian opera in the crisis of the Spanish empire between 1770 and 1820

(opens in a new window)Dr Sarah Raine, Science Foundation Ireland-Irish Research Council Pathway Fellow
Mentors: Associate Professor Jaime Jones (Music)
Project Title: Improvising Across Boundaries: Voicing the experience of women and gender minority improvising musicians

Recent Fellows

Dr Kyle Kaplan, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow (2022-2023)
Mentors: Dr Tomás McAuley (Music) and Professor Brian O’Connor (Philosophy)
Project Title: Intimate Critique: Henze, Adorno, and the Aesthetics of Recommitment

Dr Matthew Thomson, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-2023)
Mentor: Dr Frank Lawrence
Project Title: Courtly Song and Bodily Desire in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century France

Dr Patrick Nickleson, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-22)
Mentor: Dr Jaime Jones (Music)
Project Title: X-Marks: First Nations and Settler Epistemologies of Graphic Scores

Dr Joe Mason, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-21)
Mentor: Dr Frank Lawrence (Music)
Project Title: Music and Violence in Thirteenth-Century France

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