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SFI/GROW Research Centres in Ireland

Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) - National Science Foundation (USA)

In 2013 Science Foundation Ireland, Ireland’s principle science and engineering research funding agency, concluded a cooperation agreement with the National Science Foundation of USA (NSF), which allows NSF Graduate Research Fellows to carry out research visits in the Irish research centres. The agreement aims to strengthen the internationalization of the Irish centres of excellence and to give U.S. students the opportunity to gain international experience in a research environment at the highest level.

The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide enables NSF Graduate Research Fellows to gain international research experience and establish collaborations with counterparts at research institutions in partner countries around the world. For more information click here.


NSF funds the student scholarships and travel expenses. In Ireland, visits of between three and twelve months will be supported. SFI will provide support for the visiting Fellow´s additional living expenses through the Irish host institution. Anticipated support for additional living expenses will be approximately € 1700 per month.

Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows are encouraged to contact the relevant contact point(s) at the Irish Research Centres listed at the link below. The Centre contact points will receive enquiries from interested NSF candidate fellows regarding the possibility of undertaking a research project in the selected Centre and will liaise with prospective candidates to provide them with the required documents that the fellows will submit to the NSF. These include:

a) a letter of collaboration that includes a plan for the stay in Ireland
b) a biographical sketch of the responsible professor/researcher at the Irish host Centre

 Information on eligibility requirements and schedule for submitting proposals can be found on the NSF website.

 Click here to view the details on the participating Irish Research Centres.


How to apply

The deadline for NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide is January 8, 2014.

The call (NSF Dear Colleague Letter) can be read here.


For more information on the SFI/GROW scheme please contact:
Ms Ciara Cotter: