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SFI Policy on PhD Equivalence

In order to be eligible to apply to the majority of SFI programmes, applicants are required to hold a PhD degree or equivalent. Details are provided in the relevant call documentation. This policy is based on recognised best practice and is in keeping with the recommendations of other international and national funding bodies, and will be adhered to with effect from March 31st 2015. For equivalent qualifications, as outlined in this policy, applicants must contact SFI for approval prior to submitting a grant application. In addition, SFI award holders (current or past) who have previously been deemed equivalent and who did not hold a PhD at the time of application are required to contact SFI prior to submitting an application.


To view the SFI Policy on PhD Equivalence in PDF format, please click here.


Any queries relating to this policy should be addressed to Please put “SFI policy on PhD equivalence” in the subject line.


Last Updated June 8th 2016.