The IRC have announced the opening of the second MSCA Co-funded CAROLINE (Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe) call for postdoctoral fellowships.


Terms and Conditions of CAROLINE Call 2 are available on the call website, together with information for potential applicants, mentors, referees and secondment partners.


The deadline for applicants to Call 2 of the CAROLINE scheme is 16:00 (Irish time) 12th October 2017


The CAROLINE programme is open to postdoctoral researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the overarching theme of global sustainable development as set out under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. 


A key feature of the programme is collaboration between the academic sector, non-governmental organisations and international organisations. The scope of potential organisations for inter-sectoral collaboration in terms of their mission is intended to be broad, and will speak to one or more of the goals under Agenda 2030. Potential partner organisations are not limited to ‘development-orientated’ NGOs or those working in support of developing countries. 


Applicants are encouraged to develop their own links with NGOs and IOs as part of their application preparation. The IRC also have provided a list of  NGOs/IOs that have registered interest in participating in the scheme, this is available here.


CAROLINE fellowships fall into 2 categories:

  • International Fellowships (Three-Year duration – fellows will spend the first two years based with a partner NGO or IO outside Ireland, with a mandatory return year at the host RPO in Ireland)
  • Irish Fellowships (Two-Year duration- fellows will be hosted by an RPO in Ireland for two years, with a main mandatory secondment during this time to NGO or IO partners in Ireland for research and/or training).


Additional optional placements can be considered under both kinds of Fellowships

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