Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship Scheme 2012/13 Announced!

Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships 2012/13

National University of Ireland, Galway.

In association with the

James Hardiman Library and the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, in association with the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, and the James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway, will award a number of Visiting Research Fellowships to research and practitioners in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2012-13.

Applicants for the Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships will benefit from working with the many rich collections within the James Hardiman Library, and will have the opportunity to interact with the vibrant research community housed within the arts, humanities and social sciences in the university, city and region.

The College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies is home to a thriving research community. A new Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building is under construction on campus. This is designed to integrate and house our award-winning interdisciplinary research projects in the six Schools of the College, which are the School of Political Science & Sociology, the School of Psychology, the School of Education, the School of Geography & Archaeology, the School of Humanities, and the School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures. Disciplines represented include Psychology, Education, Women's Studies, Archaeology, Geography, English, History, the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, Irish Studies, Journalism, Old & Middle Irish, Philosophy, Classics, French, Gaeilge, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Areas of established and emerging strength include Literature and History; the Irish Language; Digital Cultures; Performance and Theatre; Creative Writing; Film and Screenwriting; Applied Ethics, and the Philosophy of Art and Culture; Children, Youth and Families; Power, Conflict and Ideologies; Gender, Empowerment and Globalisation; Governance and Sustainable Development; Clinical, Behavioural and Biological Psychology; Perception, Cognition and Action; Psychology and Health; Developmental and Social Psychology; Environmental Governance; Geopolitics and Development; Political Ecology; Postcolonialism, Sustainability and Urban Planning; Nationalism and Conflict; Human Rights.

Hubs for research include the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, the Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, and the Digital Enterprise Research Unit.

The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies will host fellows during their tenure. Its work is supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Marie Curie scheme, the Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. Researchers at the Moore Institute have been recognized by the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, and by the award of a Humboldt Fellowship, a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite, the Eda Sagarra and Eugene O'Curry medals.

The James Hardiman Library has significant archives, including the papers of the Druid Theatre, Lyric Theatre, An Taibhdhearc (the Irish language national theatre), John McGahern, Thomas Kilroy and Joe Burke, as well as two major collections dealing with the recent ‘Troubles', principally the papers of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Brendan Duddy. For access details please consult It possesses substantial printed and electronic resources. The University's longstanding commitment to the Irish language provides further opportunities for engaging with the traditional arts of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Visiting fellows will have access to all the major repositories on the island of Ireland.

Galway is a city of the arts. It has a well-established network of international festivals and organisations. A short list would include the Druid Theatre Company, Macnas, An Taibhdhearc, the Galway Arts Centre, Bord Scannán na hÉireann, the Galway Arts Festival, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway Film Fleadh, Babaró, Tulca, Féile Joe Éinniú, Pléaráca Chonamara, Ealaín ar Oileán, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the Múscailt festival, and Arts in Action. The University is a key part of this ecology. Visiting fellows are invited to bring their knowledge and experience to enrich this partnership.

Creativity is a key to our identity. The National University of Ireland, Galway is situated at the centre of a rich inheritance of theatre, music, language and literature. The languages, literature, history and culture of our location are core elements in the outreach of our research, creative practise and teaching. The Burren, the Aran Islands, and Connemara are three unique landscapes in our imaginative hinterland.

Within this vibrant landscape, social sciences have a strong tradition in NUI Galway of synthesizing theoretical and practical concerns to bring critical thinking to environment-society relations. Priority research areas range from identifying the most basic properties of visual perception and brain activity to interrogating and critiquing the social and political conflicts that pervade our contemporary world. Our social scientists look for new answers to complex personal, social, economic and environmental problems.


The Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships will be administered through the Moore Institute and all queries can be directed in the first instance to

The Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships are open to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Fellows can be academic, practise based, or professional. As part of the award, all Fellows will be designated a staff sponsor during their period of stay. Fellows will have available office or desk space in the Moore Institute, with library and online access.

Complete applications for 2012-2013 Moore Institute Fellowships must be submitted online by March 16, 2012.

Eligibility: All applicants must hold a PhD or have a substantial record or profile of practise or performance. EU citizens and other nationals 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.

Award Announcement. Decisions will be announced by email on or before April 30, 2012. Queries about applications in process cannot be acknowledged. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged in Moore Institute publicity.

Award Terms and Conditions. Full terms and conditions will be supplied on receipt of the fellowship offer letter. Moore Institute Fellowships must be taken up during the period from September 1, 2012 to 30th April, 2013. The Fellowship term is up to a maximum of three months. There is no minimum term. During the research period, fellows are expected to have a continual and visible presence at the Moore Institute. Residence in Galway is an obligation of the Fellowship. The Moore Institute Fellowship must be accredited in any publication or other outcome pursuant to the award. Fellows will be asked to deliver one public lecture/ workshop or seminar, which may be recorded, and to consider consultation with students at undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level. Fellows will be asked to cite their award in the publication or presentation of any research undertaken during their stay. The award of a visiting fellowship will normally cover travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses to a maximum anticipated value of €2500 per month.

The Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Galway University Foundation, the James Hardiman Library, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria -

  • Research profile and institutional affiliation of the candidate
  • Quality of the research project
  • Extent to which the proposed project would enrich partnership between the School and external research institutions and individuals
  • Extent to which the proposed project would make use of Galway-based resources
  • Proposed outcomes

Application Form

Please use the following link to submit your application: