HRB Postdoctoral Internship Programme 2021-2022 Round 2 (Next call expected in Q4 2023)

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. The HRB Post-doctoral Internship Programme aims to provide early career researchers with a recent PhD or MSc the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a state agency, alongside experienced research management professionals.

Successful applicants to this Programme, referred to as post-doctoral interns, will be awarded a ‘non-research grant’ and they will be the grant holders of these grants and will be employees of the Host Institution. Their regular place of work will be at the HRB.

This is the round 2 of the fourth call of this programme and we would expect to appoint four interns.
Key changes to the round 2 of the call are:

  • Applicants will have the opportunity to select their preferred rotations in the cover letter and we will accommodate them as far as practical, guaranteeing at least one of the two preferred rotations.
  • The following eligibility criterion has been removed:

"Applicants must have been working in Ireland for 12 months prior to the deadline for applications."



Additional Information

The duration of a HRB Internship is 24 months.

The HRB Post-doctoral Interns will rotate between two out of three HRB business areas for a 12-month period each:

  1. the Research Strategy and Funding Directorate;
  2. the Health Information and Evidence Directorate; 
  3. the Secretariat for the HRCDC and the National Office for Research Ethics Committees.

Throughout the programme the interns will also spend 20 % of their time working on communication-related projects with the HRB Communications Team.

For detailed roles and responsibilities, please refer to the guidelines.
Salary and related costs (PRSI and Employer’s pension contribution) at the appropriate point on the IUA’s Researcher Salary Scale1  (Post-doctoral Researcher PD1 Point 1 in year one and Point 2 in year 2) 




Ideally, applicants will have a keen interest in health research and will be familiar with the HRB and its core functions.

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:

  • 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 (07 June or early September 2022).

Note: Previous HRB Interns are not eligible to apply.

Successful candidates must be available to take up the Internship by 07 June or early September 2022. Applicants must have the support of a Host Institution and an Institutional Sponsor (please read carefully the Guidance Notes).

Each applicant should have the following skills and attributes:

  • Is flexible and willing to adapt, positively contributing to the implementation of change
  • Quickly gets up to speed in a complex situation, rapidly absorbing all relevant information/data (written and oral)
  •  Assumes personal responsibility for and delivers on agreed objectives/ goals
  • Communicates in a fluent, logical, clear and convincing manner verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates high levels of initiative, taking ownership for projects and demonstrating self-sufficiency.

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 Human Resources 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 22 April 2022 at 13.00.


Please send relevant documents to

Opening date
11:00 01-04-2022
Closing date
13:00 22-04-2022
Late April 2022
28 April 2022
Decision expected
04 May 2022
Next call expected