HRB Internship Programme 2019 Round 2 (Next Call in Q3 2021)

The Health Research Board (HRB) is committed to building capacity in health research, and to encouraging and supporting early and mid-stage researchers to develop their careers. Our Internship Programme gives researchers who have recently earned a PhD or an MSc an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a State agency alongside experienced professionals.

This is the second round of the 2019 call and one position starting in March 2020 is available for this call. Four additional interns will start in January 2020


Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Early career
  • Mid career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available €124,000
Duration of funding 24 months

Additional Information

The duration of a HRB Internship is 24 months.

HRB Interns rotate between the Research Strategy and Funding Directorate and the Health Information and Evidence Directorate, spending one year in each Directorate. Interns have an opportunity to experience each business area. They enhance their understanding of research governance and policy issues in areas such as ethics, data management, public and patient involvement, intellectual property, and research prioritisation. Each rotation includes a communications project. Interns are exposed to:
•    The way funding decisions are made and the critical success factors involved in securing funding
•    How calls are developed and best practice peer review processes
•    Factors involved in grant monitoring and evaluation
•    The research governance and policy environment in which national and international research operates
•    How health information is collected, collated and analysed
•    The process for designing and conducting evidence synthesis and reviews
•    How evidence can be effectively used to inform policy and drive the development of new and existing services.

For detailed roles and responsibilities, please refer to the guidelines.

The Internship Award includes salary and related costs (PRSI and employer’s pension contribution) and an overhead contribution (25%). Salary costs will be paid at the appropriate point on the Irish Universities Association’s Researcher Salary Scale (Level 2 Point 2 in year 1  and Level 2 Point 3 in year 2 of the Programme).



Ideally, applicants will have a keen interest in health research and will be familiar with the HRB and its core functions. Applicants should have the following attributes:
•    Good communication skills
•    Strong organisational skills
•    Attention to detail
•    The ability to work well in an office environment, as part of a team and under their own initiative.
The HRB Internship Programme is targeted at researchers with a degree in a health-related area who have recently earned, or will shortly earn, a higher degree (MSc, PhD).

Applicants may be currently working in a host institution, or they may have reached a natural break in their career.

Applicants must
•    Being currently working in Ireland for the last 12 months;
•    have a PhD or MSc by the deadline for applications of the Internship Programme;
•     If not yet graduated for the higher degree, must have successfully conducted their viva examination/written dissertation by the start of the internship programme (02 March 2020).

Note: Previous HRB Interns are not eligible to apply.

Candidates must be available to take up the Internship by 2 March 2020. Applicants must have the support of a host institution.


To apply for a HRB Internship, please complete the signature form (in Appendix 2 of the guidance notes), and submit it along with a curriculum vitae and cover letter, addressed to  Annalisa Montesanti at the HRB. The CV and cover letter should emphasise relevant qualification, skills, current employment status, career plans and interests. Applications should indicate an available start date. These documents must be submitted by email to no later than 12 December 2019 at 3 p.m.



Please send relevant documents to


Dr Annalisa Montesanti
Programme Manager
Email: internship(at)

Opening date
10:00 25-11-2019
Closing date
15:00 12-12-2019
December 2019
Second week in January 2020
Decision expected
Mid Januay 2020
Next call expected