Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute is pleased to announce the call for applications for the  MU Social Sciences Institute Visiting Research Fellowships Scheme.
 

MU Social Sciences Institute Visiting Research Fellowships

CLOSING DATE: 17th May 2019

Introduction

MU SSI will award a number of Visiting Research Fellowships in the social sciences for the period June 2019-June 2020. The Fellowship Scheme is designed to enhance the research community of the University by fostering collaboration between Visiting Fellows and academic staff at MU. Fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant research culture in the Institute (see www.maynoothuniversity/mussi ) and across the wider university, Dublin city area and the region.

Facilities
Visiting Fellows will be provided with desk space, access to library and other IT resources. The institute a diverse group of researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and postgraduates in different disciplines. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute Visiting Fellowships are open to all disciplines in social sciences. 
The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th May 2019. Applications must be submitted by email to mussi@mu.ie .

Eligibility:
All applicants must hold a PhD. EU and non-EU citizens are eligible to apply. Awards are subject to the successful meeting of visa and any other requirements which are the sole responsibility of the applicant to organise in advance of their tenure at the Institute.

Application:
A complete application consists of a four-page proposal (maximum) PLUS a brief letter of support from a member of MU staff relevant to your project. It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify this member of staff and to organise the support letter. This person will be your designated staff sponsor for the duration of the fellowship.

Proposal

  • Page 1: List your name, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number(s), the period of fellowship requested (max. one month), the subject area of your research in terms of discipline, and a brief project title. 
  • Pages 2-3: Provide a summary of the proposed research project that explains the context, significance and projected outcome and impact (journal article, book, edited volume, performance, or other form of public dissemination) of your period of research in MUSSI. Please describe the people and resources important to your project in MU and where potential exists for future collaboration.
  • Page 4: Provide an abbreviated one-page curriculum vitae stressing relevant publications and awards, and the name of one referee prepared to write on your behalf (separate from the MU person supporting the project). No other items should be appended to the proposal, which should not exceed 4 pages in length. 

Evaluation Criteria 
Applications will be judged by a peer review panel, according to the following criteria:

  • Research profile of the applicant
  • Quality of the proposed research project
  • Extent to which the proposed project would enrich the partnership between MU SSI, MU and the applicant
  • Potential of the proposed project to lead to further research collaboration, institutional links and funding bids
  • Proposed outcome(s)Application Deadline
  • The applicant should submit all materials in a single document to mussi@mu.ie by 17th May 2019
  • Applications received after this deadline or transmitted by post or fax will not be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications must include the 4 page proposal PLUS the letter of support from an MU staff member.
  • All applications will be acknowledged by email.
  • Fellowships will be administered through the MU Social Sciences Institute and all queries can be directed in the first instance to mussi@mu.ie

Award Announcement
Decisions will be announced by email. Queries about applications in process cannot be acknowledged. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged in MU SSI publicity.

Award Terms and Conditions
Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute Fellowships must be taken up during the period June 2019 – June 2020.
The Fellowship term is to a maximum of one month. There is no stated minimum term. Maynooth University has reasonably priced on campus accommodation.
The amount of the award will vary according to the length of proposed stay and the available overall budget, typically in the range €500–€1000 (to cover reasonable travel and living expenses only, which will be paid after the Fellow’s stay by the reimbursement of expenses with receipts). 
During the research period, fellows are expected to have a significant presence in the Institute.
Fellows may be asked to deliver one public lecture/workshop or seminar, which may be recorded, and to be available to meet with students at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
Fellows will be required to provide a one-page summary of their research for inclusion on our website as part of our effort to showcase the breadth and excellence of the research community that we support.
Fellows are asked to credit ‘the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute’ and use our logo in any publication or other outcome related to the award.