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1 Postgraduate Scholarship Schemes 2014 Investing in People and Ideas

2 Two Councils become one The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland

3 Excellence Investing in Ideas All Disciplines

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5 Excellence Exploratory Research Investing in Ideas All Disciplines Interdisciplinary

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7 Investing in People Excellence Exploratory Research Individual researchers Early stage career development Investing in Ideas Policy advisory role Structure & transferable skills All Disciplines Interdisciplinary

8 EU Networks &Opportunities NORFACE ERA-NET

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10 IRC SCHEMES 2014 Postgrad Government of Ireland 12 th March 2013 Enterprise Partnership Scheme Andrew Grene Scholarship Postgraduate Scholarships Government of Ireland Deadline Jan 2014 Enterprise Partnership Scheme Employment ProgrammeTBC Postdoctoral Fellowships Government of Ireland Deadline Feb 2014 Enterprise Partnership Elevate Marie Curie International Mobility Fellowship Research Project Grants (AHSS only) Starter Grants Advanced Grants Interdisciplinary Grants TBC Networking & Travel Grants UlyssesTBC New FoundationsTBC

11 Postgraduate Scholarships Government of Ireland Scholarship Scheme: GoI Postgraduate Scholarships Andrew Grene Scholarship National Forum for T&L Scholarships STEM Education Scholarships Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarships

12 Postgraduate Scholarships All Disciplines & types of research Value of Award (Stipend €16k; Fees <€5,750 if not met by other source) Eligible direct research expenses <€2,250pa Full-time scholarships held at a recognised Irish HEI (does not include Northern Ireland) Structured Degrees eligible

13 Postgrad Eligibility Anyone (EU & non-EU*) EU applicants are defined as ordinarily resident within a Member State of the EU/Ireland. With 1 st or upper 2 nd class honours primary degree (or equivalent); Has not previously held or holding IRC award Is not a permanent member of staff* Two attempts only

14 Duration of Scholarship Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible.

15 Research Masters = 12 months

16 Duration of Scholarship Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible.

17 Structured Research Masters = 24 months

18 Duration of Scholarship Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible.

19 Traditional Doctoral Degree = 36 months

20 Duration of Scholarship Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible.

21 Structured Doctoral Degree* = 48 months

22 Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible. New Start OR already registered & part-completed?

23 Sept/Oct 2014 = New Start

24 Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible. New Start OR already registered & part-completed?

25 Prior to Sept/Oct 2014 = Already registered & completed part of Degree

26 Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible. How much funding can I get?

27 Degree typeDuration of full degree Date of first registration Indicative duration of funding to be given Research Masters Degree 12 monthsSept/Oct 2014ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2014 are ineligible. Structured Research Masters Degree 24 monthsSept/Oct2014TWO Years Sept/Oct 2013*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2013 are ineligible Traditional Doctoral Degree 36 monthsSept/Oct 2014THREE Years Sept/Oct 2013*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2012*ONE Year Registrations prior to September2012 are ineligible. Structured Doctoral Degree 48 monthsSept/Oct 2014FOUR Years Sept/Oct 2013*THREE Years Sept/Oct 2012*TWO Years Sept/Oct 2011*ONE Year Registrations prior to September 2011 are ineligible. How much funding can I get?

28 Postgraduate Scholarships Masters (1 or 2yrs ), PhD (3 or 4 years) Irish Research Council, 66% = €16,000 p.a. Enterprise Partner, 33% = €8,000 p.a. Researcher based in Irish HEI with placement opportunity in Enterprise Partner Enterprise Partner based anywhere in world Enterprise Partnership Scheme

29 Preparing an Application Read the T&C and Guide for Applicants Talk to Supervisor/Enterprise Partner/Two Referees ASAP!! Talk to Research Office about FAQ Ethical approval? Biological Sex/Gender Dimension Statement? Data management, Protection & Security

30 How to win PG award…. Make a proper plan of action. Think about your proposed study! Description of project; methodology; research plan) is key – it’s worth 50 marks. Answer all questions (or write n/a where not applicable). Word counts are maximums not targets! Remember first impressions do count!! Grammar, sqell cheak, proof read.

31 Things to think about…. Be focused!! Keep prose simple, declarative and precise in all sections – do not write in ‘essay mode’. Use jargon free language. The IRC Budget is extremely limited & we get thousands of applications:  How can you make your application stand out?  Think about potential outputs/dissemination International reputational risk particularly for HEI and supervisor if application is poor Should not apply just for the sake of it!

32 FAQs The FAQs will be available on the website. Queries from Research Officers that are not addressed on the FAQs list may be sent to The question and answer will then be posted on the website. The IRC will not enter into individual correspondence to ensure transparency and equity of access to information.

33 Application Process The IRC provides full guidance on using the online system APPLICANT: Individual applicant registers online Sent login details Fill in application form (English or Irish languages only) Provide contact details for other parties 28 th January 4 pm (GMT) Review your application & submit by 28 th January 4 pm (GMT)

34 Application Process The IRC provides full guidance on using the online system SUPERVISOR/ENTERPRISE PARTNER/REFEREES: Supervisors and the Enterprise Partner need to pre-register on system (Enterprise Mentor & Referees don’t) All parties are sent login invitation Fill in specific form 4 th Feb 4pm (GMT) Review & submit by 4 th Feb 4pm (GMT)

35 Application Process The IRC provides full guidance on using the online system HOST HEI ENDORSEMENT: Sent notice that application is ready to review Check all relevant parts 11 th Feb 4pm (GMT) Endorse & submit by 11 th Feb 4pm (GMT) No alterations can be made once application is submitted Applicant sent confirmation of endorsement

36 Assessment Procedure Separate Pots of Funding for:  GOI AHSS applications  GOI STEM applications  EPS Postgraduate applications Focus on funding excellence, originality and potential No subject quotas, no favoured topics nor disciplines No bias towards PhDs (3 or 4years) or Masters (1 or 2 years) No bias for ‘new applications’ versus ‘already started’

37 Evaluation Process Four-phase approach: 1.Eligibility Check and Adherence to Terms & Conditions; 2.Remote evaluation by Outer International Assessor Board, scoring & ranking; 3.Remote evaluation by Inner International Assessment Board; 4.Assessment Board meeting in Dublin, final scoring & ranking; [Project 50%; Applicant 30%; Environment 20%]

38 Lack of awareness of ethical considerations; Process – significant and feasible; Need for clear methodological approaches Importance of certain skills – pre and post PhD e.g. languages; Choice of supervisor & HEI – very important and generally not treated as such; Referees should be more to the point (frank) General Assessor Comments…. (why applicants don’t get funded)

39 Apparent lack of input from Graduate Studies Office/Supervisor/Mentor/Department/ Research Advice Read Terms and Conditions carefully Read and re-read Evaluation Criteria whilst completing the application form Read your completed application before submitting – proof read at least and ask a second person to read it for you Listen to any advice given! General Assessor Comments…. (why applicants don’t get funded)

40 Executive Staff Postgraduate Programmes  Olive Walsh, Programme Manager  tbc, Research Support Officer Enterprise Programmes  Dr Ross McKiernan, Programme Manager  Dr Johanna Archbold, Research Support Officer  Margaret Egan, Invoicing Research Support Officer

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42 Conflict Resolution Unit Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade Andrew Grene Scholarship in Conflict Resolution Women, peace and security; 2. Mediation; 3. Conflict prevention; Supporting statement that demonstrates the appropriateness of project to the DFA themes

43 National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2014 Focus on the priority enhancement theme of ‘Teaching for Transitions’ All disciplines are eligible to apply Further information on areas of interest are in Appendix 2 of T&C.

44 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Postgraduate Scholarships 2014 SFI has responsibility for the Discover Science and Engineering (DSE) Programme. Focus on improving country’s capacity to deliver effective STEM education at primary and post-primary levels Further information on areas of interest are in Appendix 3 of T&C.


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