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 Republic of Ireland. The agreement aims to strengthen the internationalization of excellent Irish researchers 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 the 2016 scheme, potential GROW hosts in Ireland include the 12 SFI-funded Research Centres and laboratories in publically funded institutions holding certain awards from Science Foundation Ireland.
Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows are encouraged to contact potential GROW hosts in Ireland through the relevant contact point(s) listed within these links. The contact points will receive enquiries from interested NSF candidate fellows regarding the possibility of undertaking a research project in the selected research group and will liaise with prospective candidates to provide them with the required documents that the fellows will submit to the NSF. These include:
- A letter of collaboration that includes a plan for the stay in Ireland
- A biographical sketch of the responsible professor/researcher at the Irish host group
Information on eligibility requirements and schedule for submitting proposals can be found on the NSF website.
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.
How to apply
The NSF submission deadline is December 4, 2016, further details of which are available on the NSF GROW website.