Eligibility Criteria

All Fellowships

The target applicants must be experienced researchers, in possession of a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of the PROCESS Call Deadlines. Researchers may be of any nationality.


Standard Fellowships

Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the Call deadline.  This is a mandatory requirement to demonstrate reseracher mobility. 

Career Restart and Reintegration Fellowships

Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Republic of Ireland for more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the Call deadline


Career Restart Fellowships

The applicant must have undertaken a career break in research (i.e. he/she must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the Call deadline). Whether or not the researcher has been active in research is determined on the basis of Fellowships or employment contracts in the domain of research.


Reintegration Fellowships

The applicant must be a national or long-term resident of a Member State or Associated Country and must move or have moved from a Third Country directly to the Republic of Ireland.


  • It is mandatory for the researchers to contact their proposed supervisor to obtain their guidance during the proposal preparation stage. 
  • It is mandatory for the applicant to contact the PROCESS Programme Manager to ensure that the project idea fits the remit of the PROCESS programme.
  • The main academic supervisor must be a Principal Investigator based at the University of Limerick with relevant expertise and eligible matching funding. 
  • All applicants must have two supervisors: a main academic supervisor and a secondment (non-academic) supervisor. PROCESS will help applicants secure non-academic mentor.
  • All supervisors must align with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
  • The host organisations for secondments must be involved in activities relevant to the proposed research, and with the capacity and infrastructure to train the researcher and support the research work. 
  • Total secondment time allowed: 6 months (min. 3 months), which can be divided into shorter mobility periods (min. 2 weeks). The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the Fellowship. 


Short visits to international collaborators will also be encouraged provided that they fit with the developmental needs of the Fellow and/or research project. Short visits (e.g. for lab work) will be distinguished from "secondments" since they have a different nature and pursue different objectives.

Any work done will be supervised directly by the Fellow’s supervisor. Researchers will be required to complete an Ethics Questionnaire to capture any potential ethics issue

 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.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.