DOROTHY Co-Fund Programme: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Public Health Crisis - (Next call in Q4 2022)

The Health Research Board (HRB), in collaboration with the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-funded by the European Union, will fund the DOROTHY COFUND programme. The programme will break down barriers between different academic disciplines by driving collaboration between researchers through funding research which will shed light on public health crises from wide-ranging perspectives. Two different calls are envisaged for this programme, in 2022 and 2023 and a total of 25 fellows recruited with an overall investment of €5.5 million. The Programme is managed by the IRC.


Additional Information

Public health crises are too complex to be tackled in silos. Responding to the need to equip European societies with experts who are specially trained to address these challenges in a cooperative fashion, we have designed DOROTHY COFUND to recruit, train and launch the careers of 25 excellent fellows through 36-month fellowships. Two calls will be run and it is envisaged the first call will be launched in Q4 2021.

Fellowships will have an international outgoing phase of 18 months, followed by a return phase to Ireland of 18 months. Fellows will be encouraged to include a non-academic secondment. 
The programme will assist fellows in accelerating their careers through excellent training and networking opportunities in the Irish and EU innovation ecosystem.


DOROTHY is open to applicants from all nationalities, provided they haven’t resided in the outgoing phase country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline and to all disciplines, provided that their research topic relates to public health crises. Applicants must be an Experienced Researcher (ER). 

The definition of ER in the H2020 MSCA programme will be applied: ERs must, at the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.


Submissions will be via SmartSimple submission portal at the IRC. Applications should be completed in English and include the applicant’s details, project description, ethics self-assessment form, applicant CV, IRC privacy notice. Please follow this link for further information.


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Opening date
00:00 23-03-2022
Closing date
13:00 23-05-2022