The Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship scheme for 2015/16

Posted: July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

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The Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships

in association with the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies,

James Hardiman Library &

Galway University Foundation,

National University of Ireland, Galway

The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies will award a number of Visiting Research Fellowships in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the period September 2015-June 2016. The Fellowship Scheme is designed to enhance the research culture of the University through collaborations between visiting fellows and staff at NUI Galway. Fellowship recipients will also 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 in the university, city and region.

Visiting Fellows will be provided with space in the dedicated Hardiman Research Building (HRB) where the Moore Institute is located. The HRB has seminar rooms, offices, and desks for a diverse community of researchers, including 16 postdoctoral fellows and 300 postgraduates in different disciplines. The HRB also has a research technologist (David Kelly) to assist with digital humanities projects and dissemination. The building provides the focus of research activity in the six Schools of the College (the School of Education, the School of Geography & Archaeology, the School of Humanities, the School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, the School of Political Science & Sociology, and the School of Psychology). 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 Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance; the Huston School of Film & Digital Media; Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge; the Irish Centre for Human Rights; the Whitaker Institute; and INSIGHT (formerly known as the Digital Enterprise Research Institute).

The Moore Institute will host fellows during their tenure. Its work is supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the European Research Council, 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.

The James Hardiman Library has major print and archival holdings housed in Special Collections in the HRB, including 300 separate collections of books and manuscripts. These range from resources for theatre and performance research led by the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, the papers of the Druid Theatre, Lyric Theatre, An Taibhdhearc (the Irish language national theatre), and Thomas Kilroy, to the papers of John McGahern and Joe Burke, as well as two major collections dealing with the recent ‘Troubles’ principally the papers of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Brendan Duddy. Special Collections also features the Douglas Hyde collection as well as other extensive folklore collections in manuscript and other formats. For details regarding the collections and access please consult

The Library offers excellent electronic resources covering all of the major academic journals. It also possesses substantial contemporary and historical printed resources; the latter include States Papers Online, Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online. 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 Friday 7 August 2015. Applications 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, email address, telephone number(s), the period of fellowship requested (max. one month), 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 and impact (journal article, book, edited volume, performance, or other public dissemination) of your period of research in the Moore Institute. Please describe the people and resources important to your project in NUI Galway and where potential exists for future collaboration. NB: We also ask you to include a brief letter of support from a member of the NUI Galway staff relevant to your project.

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 2015-16 Moore Institute Fellowships must be received by Friday 31 July 2015. 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 1 September 2015. 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 September 2015-June 2016. The Fellowship term is to a maximum of one month. There is no stated minimum. The amount of the award varies according to the length of stay and the available overall budget, up to a maximum of €2,500 per month (to cover reasonable travel and living expenses). 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 as follows in any publication or other outcome 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/Institute and external research institutions and individuals
  • Extent to which the proposed project would make use of Galway-based resources
  • Proposed outcome(s)

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