ELITE-S Fellowship Programme

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action for intersectoral training, career development and mobility.

About ELITE-S:

ELITE-S will offer 16, prestigious, two-year fellowships in technology and standards development to address the European Commission’s 5 priority areas: 5G, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Data Technologies.

ELITE-S is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action for an intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship programme, based at the ADAPT Centre in Dublin City University and its academic partners:

The technologies, application areas and ICT standards areas addressed by ELITE- S are:
  • RegTech (Regulations Technology)
  • Security
  • Trust and e-Signatures
  • Machine Learning
  • Semantic Web
  • 5 G
  • Internet of Things
  • Open and Big Data
  • Interoperability
  • Data and Process management
  • Content Analytics and Preservation
  • Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Long Term Data Preservation
  • Data Governance
  • IT Service Management
  • Data Quality and Master Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Regulations and Compliance
  • Data Technologies
  • Digital Health
  • Digital Government
  • Digital Content
  • FinTech
  • PayTech
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Buildings
  • Smart Transport

About the Fellowships

ELITE-S Fellowships are for experienced researchers (who have a PhD or at least 4 years of research experience) of any nationality, seeking a prestigious career developing position in Ireland. At the application deadline defined for the specific call, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years. See the current call for more details.

ELITE-S welcomes applications from Researchers at Risk and candidates who have had career breaks and are looking to return to a research-based career, and from candidates who have had a non-traditional career path, including those who have built up research experience but who may not have gained a doctoral qualification (see Eligibility Criteria).

ELITE-S applicants will have freedom to choose their research project within the broad remit of the programme aims, supervisor and secondment organisation where they’ll develop ground-breaking research and an impact on standards.

Fellows will conduct their research in one of the host Institutions, undertake career development focused on becoming standardisation leaders, take part in a secondment period in industry, and work with Standards Developing Organisations such as the ISO, W3C, OGC and NSAI.


All ELITE-S Fellows are required to undertake a secondment with an industry partner that suits their research, training and development needs.

At proposal stage, supervisors will provide support in designing the secondment period.

Training & Development

The ELITE-S programme is designed as a full research training and career development programme, with a series of training and career development activities and opportunities offered to the Fellows. At the start of the fellowship, each fellow will develop a Personal Career Development Plan to support them in their current role as well as to prepare them for their future career trajectory. 

The ELITE-S training programme is structured into domain-specific and transferable skills, and offers a wide range of training elements for Fellows, that include:

  • Supervised Interdisciplinary and intersectoral research project
  • Complementary advanced research and transferable skills training
  • ELITE-S Summer/Winter Schools
  • Intersectoral and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge (through secondments and/or short visits to ADAPT industry partners)
  • Specific training in communication and outreach activities
  • Compulsory induction training delivered by ADAPT that includes research ethics, gendered innovations training, Open Science and research practices at the start of all fellowships
Full details on the open call can be found in the following links
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