Eligibility Criteria

Applications are open to researchers of any nationality who are in possession of a PhD degree or have 4 years’ Full-time research experience. Applicants must comply with the mobility rule.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and must agree to the programme’s Terms & Conditions.
  • Applicants must comply with the Transnational Mobility Rule: at application deadline, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline: 20th of February 2020. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Researchers at risk and those returning to the workforce have special relaxed mobility rules, see the guide for applicants for details.
  • Applicants must at the time of the call deadlines, possess a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience in academia or industry. FTE research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.


  • The proposal must be complete, in English and in the template provided on the website.
  • The proposal must be received on or before the call deadline (20th of February 2020 @ 17:00pm Irish Time) through the online application system which will be hosted on the ELITE-S website.
  • Only one application per applicant may be submitted per call (resubmissions for the second call from unsuccessful applicants are encouraged).
  • Proposals must describe a research project to be implemented during a 2-year period. 
  • Projects must adhere to the ethical standards applicable to the MSCA and ELITE-S programme, as stated in the programme documentation (Check Guide for Applicant).
  • The Supervisor named for the project must agree to act as supervisor for the duration of the Fellowship, evidenced by letter of support or e-mail to be included in Part A – Administrative information.
  • The proposal topic must be in line with ELITE-S technology and application areas and provide a clear impact on standards through a specific work package on standards as stated in Part B template).
  • Proposals must include a planned secondment period in the non-academic sector.  If a company is not defined, at least the kind of company, outcomes of the secondment and timing needs to be defined at this stage.

Host Organisation

  • Fellowship must be based in one of the ELITE-S third-level institutes listed, which will normally be the institute of the Supervisor.
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