The second call for applications will open soon. Please check back for updates.

Who should apply?

  • DOROTHY seeks to fund outstanding research on public health crises. Your research project must concern public health crises.
  • DOROTHY is open to researchers from any discipline and encourages interdisciplinary research. Applications from the medical humanities or social sciences are just as welcome as studies concerning epidemiology or biotechnological innovation.
  • DOROTHY is a postdoctoral research fellowship. You must be an Experienced Researcher. This means that, at the call deadline, you must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • DOROTHY includes 18 months in an institution outside of Ireland, followed by 18 months at an institution with Ireland. Ensure you are able to commit to the mobility requirements. Different requirements may be in place depending on your nationality. See more details in the Guide for Applicants.

The Irish Research Council hosts other opportunities that may be more appropriate if you do not fit the above criteria.

What to do ahead of applying

1 | Identify a topic
DOROTHY is open to applicants from all nationalities and disciplines, provided that their research topic relates to public health crises. Research areas will include, but will not be limited to, epidemiology, engineering of materials, health psychology, health economics, social history, medical and health humanities, and philosophy.

DOROTHY funds researcher-led projects, meaning that you should design and propose an original research project that emphasises your own contribution and development as a researcher.

2 | Satisfy Eligibility Criteria
DOROTHY welcomes applicants from all over the world. Applicants must be an Experienced Researcher (ER). The definition of ER in the H2020 MSCA programme will be applied: ERs must, at the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

See the Guide for Applicants for more details.

3 | Contact potential supervisors
The DOROTHY programme will involve working with two academic supervisors, one in Ireland and one abroad. Ahead of applying, contact potential supervisors to ask if they would be happy to work with you and support your application.

In Ireland, your supervisor should be employed by one of Ireland’s eligible Higher Education Institutions. Look at different institutions’ websites and learn about their research specialisms. Visit staff profile pages to read about their research. If you find a potential supervisor whose research interests match with your project, send them an email with details of your project and the DOROTHY programme, asking whether they would be happy to support your application and work with you. You may also wish to share the DOROTHY Supervisory Charter with them, to help them understand what supervision entails.

4 | Engage in international mobility
All DOROTHY projects start with an outgoing phase in an institution outside of Ireland (18 months followed by reintegration into an Irish HEI). Applicants from all nationalities are welcome provided they haven’t resided in the outgoing phase country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.

All DOROTHY projects start with an outgoing phase in an institution outside of Ireland for 18 months. Conduct research to find institutions whose research expertise would make them a good home for your project, and contact potential supervisors.

There are two requirements to consider when choosing an outgoing phase host:

  • You must not have resided in the outgoing phase country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.
  • If you not are a national or long-term resident of an European Union (EU) Member State or Associated Country, your outgoing phase host must be within an EU Member State or Associated Country. See more details of mobility requirements here.

5 | Inclusion of a non-academic secondment
In addition to identifying two academic supervisors in Ireland and abroad, applicants are encouraged to include a non-academic secondment (between 3 and 6 months). Should a secondment not have been envisaged at proposal stage, it can be inserted at a later stage, in agreement with the supervisory panel. A non-exhaustive list of interested placement hosts is available here.

6 | Prepare your submission

Please check back for updates when the call for applications opens.

Submissions will be completed through the Smartsimple submission portal.

Please see an indicative application form here.

Questions about applying

Please note that all questions concerning the DOROTHY application process should be directed to the Research Office at your proposed host institution. The Irish Research Council will not respond to questions concerning eligibility or the application process from individual applicants. This ensures transparency and fairness to all applicants.

If the Research Office is unable to answer your query, they should send the query to the IRC by emailing with the subject line ‘DOROTHY 2022 FAQ’. Queries received from Research Offices will be answered through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) process. A FAQs document will be available on the DOROTHY website once the call has opened and updated frequently until the applicable deadline.

The Irish Research Council will liaise with Research Offices and our FAQ document will be regularly updated.


Key dates

The second call for applications to DOROTHY is likely to open later this year and close in early 2023. The dates below are indicative only and will be confirmed in due course. Please see below for the key stages of the application process.


Call open November 2022, TBC
Deadline for applications February 2023, TBC
Supervisor endorsement deadline One week after the above
Research office endorsement/verification deadline One week after the above
Interviews Summer 2023, TBC
Outcome Summer 2023, TBC

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