9 Postdoc fellowships in the theme of Human-centric approaches to technological innovation

HUMAN+ is an international and interdisciplinary fellowship programme led by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and ADAPT, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Digital Content Innovation at Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the prestigious European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action. It will select up to 18 experienced researchers for a 2-year post-doctoral programme and unique research and training space.

The first call (for fellowships in the period 2021-23) is open from 30 October 2020 to 30 January 2021). A maximum of nine Fellows will be recruited across both strands. Successful Fellows are expected to start in October 2021.

Strands & Clusters 



Recruited Fellows will:

  • Be provided with a 24-month fully paid Fellowship based in either the Trinity Long Room Hub or the ADAPT Centre (see Section 8. Financial Allowances and Contractual Arrangements).

  • Be supported by a dedicated multidisciplinary and intersectoral supervisory team consisting of a Primary Supervisor from their chosen disciplinary area, a Co-Supervisor from the alternate strand and an enterprise mentor from their secondment organisation.

  • Deepen their disciplinary expertise while developing their interdisciplinary competencies through being trained in the methodologies and theoretical foundations of the arts and humanities and information sciences alike.

  • Benefit from structured career development planning.

  • Undertake transferable skills training.

  • Undertake a mandatory secondment in the non-academic sector (see definitions) during their

    Fellowship lasting between three to six months, integrating an important inter-sectoral component into the programme and ensuring that the skills and knowledge that Fellows develop are relevant and promote job readiness in sectors including but also outside academia.

  • Participate in a ‘Future Lab’ which will bring the fellows together to test, learn, invent, co- create, and build solutions in response to problems set by our enterprise partners at the beginning of the fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality and must agree to the programme’s Terms & Conditions.

  • Applicants must comply with the Transnational Mobility Rule: at the application deadline, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline: 30 January 2021.

  • Applicants must, at the time of the call deadlines, be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience. FTE research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

  • Applicants must be fluent in English (written and spoken).

  • Applicants are required to produce evidence of genuine interdisciplinary experience or interest regarding the scope of the programme.

Application Guide

Selection process

The following stages will take place once the call closes:

  • Stage 1 - Eligibility check - applications will first be checked for completeness, eligibility and ethics

  • Stage 2: International Peer Review Process - All eligible applications will undergo independent, international peer review. Each proposal will be evaluated by two independent reviewers. Applications will be scored and ranked according to the HUMAN+ Evaluation Criteria

  • Stage 3: Interview - The set of top ranked applicants will be invited to interviews

  • Stage 4: Fellowship award