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Bergin Fellowships

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is an independent statutory research body established in 1940. Through its three constituent Schools it pursues fundamental research in Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics and Cosmic Physics. The DIAS is funded by and reports directly to the Department of Education and Skills.


The aims of the Bergin Fellowship Scheme are twofold. Firstly, to make available to promising researchers near the start of their career a small number of relatively well-resourced medium-term positions in a world-class research environment from which to develop their academic careers. Secondly, to stimulate the research programme of the School of Celtic Studies with periodic infusions of new people and ideas. The name of the Fellowship honours Professor Osborn J. Bergin, first director of the School of Celtic Studies, and one of the outstanding Irish scholars of his generation.


Candidates should hold the degree of PhD (or equivalent) and should have relevant research experience.

Selection Criteria

The award of DIAS Fellowships is based solely on the following criteria:

    • The candidate’s research record and promise.
    • The quality of the research proposal submitted.
    • The contribution of the proposed research to the overall research interests of the School.

Research Support Facilities

Fellows will have full access to the School’s research infrastructure and facilities. Fellows will be eligible to receive support for travel for research purposes when funds allow.


Fellows are required to devote themselves to research in consultation with the Director of the School and to participate fully in the life of the School. Fellows will be required to submit a progress report every twelve months to the Director of the School detailing the work undertaken during that period and giving an outline of work for the following year. They should be present to attend School lectures and seminars and contribute to its publishing programme. At a date no later than their third year fellows will be required to conduct a seminar series on a topic connected with their research, in accordance with the established practice of the School. They may be requested to cooperate in the preparation of funding proposals, and to collaborate in School projects.

Conditions of Appointment

Fellows will be appointed on the basis of a fixed-term contract of up to five years. Employment for the first year will be on a probationary basis. The salary scale attaching to the position is: €50,855, €52,748,€54,743, €56,640 (Personal Pension Contribution Scale), €48,312, €50,111, €52,006, €53,808 (Standard Scale). Starting salary will be at the minimum point.

Application Procedure

There are no vacant Fellowship positions at this time.

DIAS is an equal opportunities employer.