Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND CAROLINE Fellowship for International Researchers in Ireland, 2019

Applications are invited for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe (CAROLINE) for the year 2019. Successful candidates will carry out research either in Ireland or abroad and will gain inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary exposure through this programme.

The aims of the fellowships are to support suitable highly qualified experienced researchers in any discipline to conduct research relevant to the overarching theme of global sustainable development as set out under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection.

The mission of the Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland5. The Council is an associated agency of the Department of Education and Skills and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority. The core function of the Council is to support excellent research across all disciplines and career stages. The Council also has a particular role in supporting research with a societal focus and has established partnerships across government and civil society.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: September 6, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.
  • Study Subject: CAROLINE will attract experienced researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection.
  • Scholarship Award:
  • While the award is made to the individual fellow, the fellowship fund is administered through the appropriate office within the fellow’s home host organisation.
  • The value of the CAROLINE fellowship will be calculated using the principles of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2014–1513 and will consist of the following components:
  • Payment to the home host organisation for the fellow’s living allowance 15. This amount will be determined using the base rate of €55,800 per annum, which will be adjusted by the applicable country correction coefficient as specified by the European Commission for each year of the fellowship, depending on the country of the fellow’s residence in the given year.
  • Payment to the home host organisation for the fellow’s mobility allowance in the amount of €7,200 per annum, for year 1 and 2 of the Irish fellowships and for year 1 of the International Fellowships.
  • Payment to the home host organisation for the fellow’s family allowance in the amount of €6,000 per annum, where applicable18.
  • Payment to the home host organisation for the fellow’s eligible direct research, training and networking costs to enable the fellow to carry out the fellowship, in the amount of €9,600 per annum. Eligible direct research, training and networking costs include essential research supplies such as small consumables; pay-as-you-go access to national research infrastructure; software and hardware critical for the research to be obtained in the first year of the award; archival research costs; books and journals; conference travel and participation; generic and/or specialist disciplinary skills training; and publishing and write-up costs. The only eligible vouched expenses necessary for the implementation of the fellowship, incurred within the funding term and invoiced during the funding term will be funded. Membership costs, stipends for students, salary for research assistants or similar salary costs are not eligible for direct research costs under the scheme.
  • Contribution towards indirect research costs in the amount of €1,752 per annum to support the main partner organisation with costs associated with hosting the fellow, guiding, monitoring and documenting their training and development, and supporting good working conditions.
  •  Health insurance for CAROLINE fellows not eligible for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or where fellows are outside of the scope of EHIC. Eligible fellows will liaise directly with the Council before the relevant arrangements are made.
  • Paid maternity leave in line with Irish policy and the Council’s policy as outlined in Clause 10.
  • The maximum that can be spent in any year of a CAROLINE fellowship is the relevant annual allowances as specified in the offer letter, plus any unspent balance of eligible direct research support expenses carried over from the previous year of the fellowship if applicable. Apart from this, funds may not be carried forward from one year to the next.
  • Funding will be provided only for the implementation of the research project and the career training and development plan as presented in the application form. If any departures from this are intended or become apparent, the prior consent of the Council must be sought.
  • Expenses related to activities that occur outside the funding term are not eligible under the fellowship.
  • Nationality: Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in Ireland

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply.

Entrance Requirements: All CAROLINE applicants must fulfil the criteria for one of the following two experienced researcher types:

Experienced researcher type 1

Has been awarded their doctoral degree within the seven-year period before the time of recruitment. Eligible career breaks of up to five years are taken into account8. For the purposes of this condition, the date of graduation will be taken into account.

Experienced researcher type 2

  • Does not hold a doctoral degree, but holds a master’s degree or an undergraduate degree such as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent9, enabling him/her to embark on a doctorate in Ireland or the country in which the qualification was obtained; and
  • Before the time of recruitment, has completed at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience following the qualification which would enable her/him to embark on a doctorate in Ireland or the country in which the qualification was obtained.
  • CAROLINE fellows must be able to communicate to the requisite standard through the English language. A statement confirming the same by the home host institution will be required as part of the endorsement of the application.

Mobility requirements:

4.5.1 Applicants for the Irish fellowship:
4.5.1.1 Eligible applicants are those of any nationality or residency who have not been in Ireland and in the country of the proposed placement, if relevant, for more than twelve months in the three years prior to the time of recruitment.
4.5.1.2 For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the duration of the refugee procedure will not be counted as a period of residence in Ireland and/or in the country of the proposed placement, if relevant.
4.5.2 Applicants for the International fellowship:
4.5.2.1 Eligible applicants are those who have not been in the country of the proposed secondment and in the country of the proposed placement, if relevant, for more than twelve months in the three years prior to the time of recruitment.
4.5.2.2 For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the duration of the refugee procedure will not be counted as a period of residence in the country where the secondment is to be undertaken and/or in the country of the proposed placement, if relevant.
4.5.2.3 If the secondment is to be undertaken in a country other than an EU member state (MS) or an associated country (AC), the applicant must either be a national/resident citizen of an EU MS or AC, or have been continuously active in research for five years’ full-time equivalent in a MS or AC, prior to the time of recruitment. If this condition is not met, the applicant will be deemed ineligible.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Online Application

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