The Irish Research Council has launched the 2020 round of its Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships for all subject areas. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 November 2019, 4pm (GMT). Applications must be made in conjunction with a suitably qualified Academic Mentor at an Irish Higher Education Institution or Research Performing Organisation. The UCD School of Classics has hosted six postdoctoral fellows in the last six years.

Please contact Helen Dixon ([email protected]) as soon as possible if you are interested in applying for a Fellowship through the School of Classics at University College Dublin. Please also contact your potential mentor directly to discuss your proposed project.

Here are the research interests of members of the UCD School of Classics:

Martin Brady: Augustan poetry, especially Ovid and the ancient epic tradition.

Jo Day: Aegean Bronze Age and Greek archaeology; sensory approaches to the past; ancient food and foodways; ceramics (especially technological aspects of production and Early Bronze Age material & culture); human-plant interaction in the past.

Helen Dixon: Classical reception; transmission of Latin literature; Latin palaeography; intellectual history in the Renaissance; ancient Rome in the Renaissance; intellectual and political exchanges between the Byzantine East and the West in the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Aude Doody: Roman History and Literature, especially writing on science, nature and the environment; History of Ideas and Classical Reception.

Philip de Souza: Greek and Roman political, social and economic history, especially warfare, piracy and seafaring; global history from Antiquity to the Modern Era.

Christopher Farrell: Greek history and historiography, ancient political thought, interactions between Greece and Persia, Xenophon and the Xenophontic corpus, ancient myth and folklore.

Michael Lloyd: Greek epic and drama; sociolinguistic approaches to Greek literature, especially politeness theory; Irish versions of Greek tragedy.

Alexander Thein: politics and culture from the Late Republic to the Augustan period; and civil war and political violence in all periods of Roman history.

The School of Classics houses the UCD Classical Museum and encourages applicants with an interest in digital strategies for museums.

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The fellowship schemes are outlined below. For the full terms and conditions go to:

The Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme provides funding across all disciplines for early-career researchers for periods of between one and two years. These fellowships can be held for either: one year, in order to prepare a doctoral dissertation for publication through a variety of high quality published outputs e.g. monographs, peer-reviewed articles, edited volumes; or two years, in order to develop either a new research project or a research project that demonstrates a significant development of the subject of the doctorate through a variety of appropriate, feasible and clear published outputs.

The scheme offers:

-a salary of €31,275 per annum

-employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,425 per annum (10.95% of salary)

-employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255 per annum (20% of salary)

-eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

The fellowships are highly competitive and the UCD School of Classics will only support applications that have an excellent chance of success.

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree within the five-year period from 31st May 2015 to 31st May 2020 (see the terms and conditions for full details).

Applications will only be accepted through the electronic submission system: All electronic applications must be submitted via the e-system according to these deadlines:

  1. The deadline for applicants to the scheme is exactly 16.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
  2. The deadline for referees and mentors is exactly 16.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 27th November 2019.
  3. The closing date for endorsement by the research office of the proposed host institution is exactly 16.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 4th December 2019.