Application and Selection Procedures

Candidates will apply through the link on

Applications will consist of a cover letter, in which the applicant will describe how their academic interests fit with those of UCD, a complete CV including all research publications and research grants to date together with any publications submitted for publication but not yet published, and the names and contact details of three potential referees.

School, College and Central committees will support the scoring of all applications in accordance with the Central Pool Academic Appointments Policy. This scoring includes the track record and potential of the applicant; the student:faculty ratio in the relevant school relative to comparator group norms for the discipline; the size and strength of the relevant UCD discipline group/research group; the future potential of the relevant disciplinary or cross-disciplinary areas; the alignment of the applicant with the priority areas of UCD; the contribution the applicant will make to EDI goals; and the current and future availability of suitable facilities.

Failing to meet a threshold criterion under any category will result in exclusion.

As, with the exception of the track record and potential of the candidate, the scores are influenced by the situation within UCD and in particular within the individual schools, prospective candidates should contact the Head of School of their chosen school before submitting an application for advice as to whether their application will be competitive.

Applications will be assessed at School, College and University level, and only applications considered to be competitive at the next level will proceed to that level. Applicants whose applications do not proceed will be advised as soon as practicable.

Applicants short-listed at the University level will be invited to interview and present a seminar to potential fellow colleagues. Scores will be adjusted based on performance in both the interview and the seminar, and a final decision will be made on whether or not an offer will be made.

This comprehensive and robust selection process will assist UCD in deciding who will join us as Ad Astra Fellows.