Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The Moore Institute Research Visiting Fellowships,

The College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies,

National University of Ireland, Galway.

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 to research and practitioners in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2011-12.

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.

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. 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.

A complete application consists of four copies of a four-page proposal and two letters of recommendation in sealed, signed envelopes. The applicant should submit all materials together. Complete applications for 2011-2012 Moore Institute Fellowships must be received by March 1, 2011.

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.

Proposal Page One: List your name, institutional affiliation (if any), preferred postal address, email address, telephone and fax numbers, the period of fellowship requested (max three 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. No other items should be appended to the proposal, which should not exceed four pages in length.

Letters of Recommendation: Applications must include two confidential letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to judge the proposal. All letters should be sent to the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope, to be submitted to the Moore Institute with the proposal. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted to the Institute independently. Faxed and emailed letters will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: Complete applications for 2011-2012 Moore Institute Fellowships must be received by March 1, 2011. Applications received after this deadline or transmitted by fax or email 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.

Complete applications should be sent to:

Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships
Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies
National University of Ireland, Galway

Award Announcement. Decisions will be announced by letter, posted on or before April 15, 2011. 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, 2011 to 30th June, 2012. The Fellowship term is to a maximum of three months. There is no minimum term. 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. 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.