HRB Internship Programme 2019

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.


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 in year 1 of the HRB Internship Programme and Level 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). They should not have earned their higher degree more than 36 months before applying for the Internship Programme. Candidates who have completed their research for a higher degree, but have not yet graduated, may apply for the Internship if they have successfully conducted their viva examination.

Applicants must have been funded through a peer-reviewed grant from the HRB or other funding agency within the previous 30 months. Applicants may be currently working in a host institution, or they may have reached a natural break in their career.

Candidates must be available to take up the Internship by 6 January 2020. Previous HRB Interns are not eligible to apply. Applicants must have the support of a host institution. See for a list of approved HRB host institutions and details of the HRB’s host institution policy. Prospective applicants are advised to contact a host institution for guidance.



Details on the application process will be updated soon.


Karen O'Donnell
HR Officer
Email: internship(at)


Karen O'Donnell
HR Officer
Email: internship(at)

Opening date
12:00 26-08-2019
Closing date
17:00 19-09-2019
Early October 2019
Mid October 2019
Decision expected
Early November 2019
Next call expected