Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme Announced!

The Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships,

The College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies,

in association with the

James Hardiman Library,

National University of Ireland, Galway

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 in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the period January - August 2014. 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. The university has built a dedicated Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Building (AHSSRB) which will be ready for occupancy in November 2013. The AHSSRB will provide seminar rooms and offices with state-of-the-art facilities for researchers across disciplines, with space for 320 postgraduates, 16 postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers, as well as offices for project leaders. In addition to a director, the building will have key technical support staff. The building 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. Other research hubs at NUI Galway include, the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Whittaker Institute, and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute.

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 EU Framework Programme, the Marie Curie scheme, the Irish Research Council, and the Higher Education Authority's 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, and 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 The Library possesses substantial printed and electronic resources, including Early English Books Online, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, [etc etc]. 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.

Moore Institute Fellowship Application
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. As part of the award, all Fellows will be designated a staff sponsor during their period of stay. Fellows will have available desk space in the Moore Institute, with library and online access.

The closing date for receipt of applications is November 1, 2013. Applictions must be submitted by email to

Eligibility: All applicants must hold a PhD or have a substantial record or profile of practice 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.

Application: A complete application consists of a four page proposal (maximum).

Proposal Page One: List your name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, telephone and fax numbers, the period of fellowship requested (max. two months), the subject area of your research in terms of discipline or department, and a brief project title. Please also indicate where you learned about the Moore Institute Fellowships.

Proposal Pages Two-Three: Provide a summary of the proposed research project that explains the context, significance and projected outcome (journal article, book, edited volume, performance, or other format) of your period of research in the Moore Institute. If appropriate please describe the people and resources important to your project in NUI Galway.

Proposal Page Four: Provide an abbreviated one-page curriculum vitae stressing relevant publications and awards, and two named referees who are qualified to judge the proposal. No other items should be appended to the proposal, which should not exceed four pages in length.

Application Deadline:

The applicant should submit all materials together to Complete applications for 2014 Moore Institute Fellowships must be received by 1 November 2013. Applications received after this deadline or transmitted by post or fax will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered. All applications will be acknowledged by email so please ensure that you include your email address in the correspondence.

Award Announcement

Decisions will be announced by email on or before 30 November 2013. 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. Moore Institute Fellowships must be taken up during the period January-August 2014. The Fellowship term is to a maximum of two months. There is no minimum term. The scholarship award is up to €2,500 per month to cover reasonable travel and living expenses related to the term of the Fellowship. During the research period, fellows are expected to have a significant presence at the Moore Institute. Fellows will be asked to deliver one public lecture/workshop or seminar, which may be recorded, and to consider consultation with students at the undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level.

The Moore Institute must be accredited in any publication or other outocme pursuant to the award.

The Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Galway University Foundation, the James Hardiman Library, 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 sue of Galway-based resources
  • Proposed outcome

For any further query, please contact