Moore Institute announces Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme

The Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships

in association with the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies,

James Hardiman Library & Galway University Foundation,

National University of Ireland Galway



The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway will award a number of Visiting Research Fellowships in the arts, humanities and social sciences for the period January–May 2019. The Fellowship Scheme is designed to enhance the research community of the University by fostering collaboration between Visiting Fellows and academic staff at NUI Galway. Fellowship recipients will benefit from working with the many rich collections within the James Hardiman Library and will have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant research culture across the wider university, city and region.

Located in ‘European Capital of Culture 2020’, NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings, ranked 260 this year out of the 1,233 Universities considered in this year’s QS ranking, maintaining its position among the world’s elite educational institutions. The 2018 QS World University Rankings placed the University at number 260 in the world. NUI Galway has risen 24 places in the QS World University Ranking since 2014. With an estimated 26,000 Universities worldwide, this positions our University in the Top 1% globally, based on data from QS World University Rankings

We are also internationally recognised in the field of Arts and Humanities with English Language & Literature ranked in the top 150 globally and Modern Languages in the top 250 in the QS Subject Rankings 2018.



The Moore Institute was founded in 2000 with a grant from the Irish Higher Education Authority of Ireland (PRTLI2) and has received further grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the European Research Council, the EU Framework Programme, Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, the British Academy, AHRC, the Irish Research Council, and the HEA, among other sources.

The Visiting Fellowship programme was launched in 2010, and to date we have hosted more than 200 scholars and practitioners from around the world working on topics that engage the full range of activities in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.


Sources & Resources

Visiting Fellows have access to the collections of the James Hardiman Library which has major print and archival holdings housed in Special Collections in the Hardiman Research Building, including 300 separate collections of books and manuscripts. These range from resources for theatre and performance research led by the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, the papers of the Druid Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Gate Theatre, An Taibhdhearc (the Irish language national theatre), and Thomas Kilroy, to the papers of John McGahern and Joe Burke, as well as two major collections dealing with the recent ‘Troubles’ principally the papers of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Brendan Duddy. Special Collections also features the Douglas Hyde collection, along with archives relating to the work of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Tim Robinson and Éamonn de Buitléar, as well as other extensive folklore collections in manuscript and other formats. The library also has an extensive holding of primary source material relating to the Landed Estates database, a project supported by the Moore Institute.

For details regarding the collections and access please consult

The Library offers excellent electronic resources covering all of the major academic journals. Online databases include States Papers Online, Cecil Papers, Early English Books Online, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, Making of the Modern World, Empire Online, and Proquest Historical Newspapers. The Library also possesses substantial contemporary and historical printed resources. The University’s longstanding commitment to the Irish language provides further opportunities for engaging with the traditional arts of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Visiting fellows will have access to all the major repositories on the island of Ireland.


Visiting Fellows will be provided with space in the dedicated Hardiman Research Building (HRB) where the Moore Institute is located. The HRB has seminar rooms, offices, and desks for a diverse group of researchers, including 25 postdoctoral fellows and 300 postgraduates in different disciplines. The Moore Institute has a Development Manager and Administrative Assistant to project-manage the Fellowship and a Digital Humanities Manager available to assist with digital humanities projects and dissemination. The building provides the focus of research activity in the six Schools of the College (School of Education, School of Geography & Archaeology, School of Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, the School of Political Science & Sociology, and School of Psychology). For disciplines within the respective schools see


The Moore Institute Visiting Fellowships are open to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Fellows will have available desk space in the Moore Institute, with library and online access.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 2 November 2018. Applications must be submitted by email to using the attached form below.

Eligibility: All applicants must hold a PhD or have a substantial profile in practice or performance. EU and non-EU citizens are eligible to apply. Awards are subject to the successful meeting of visa and any other requirements which are the sole responsibility of the applicant to organise in advance of their tenure at the Moore Institute.

Application: A complete application consists of a four-page proposal (maximum) PLUS a brief letter of support from a member of the NUI Galway staff relevant to your project. It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify this member of staff and to organise the support letter.  This person will be your designated staff sponsor for the duration of your fellowship.

Proposal Page One
: List your name, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number(s), the period of fellowship requested (max. one month), the subject area of your research in terms of discipline, and a brief project title. Please also indicate where you learned about the Moore Institute Fellowships.

Proposal Pages Two-Three
: Provide a summary of the proposed research project that explains the context, significance and projected outcome and impact (journal article, book, edited volume, performance, or other form of public dissemination) of your period of research in the Moore Institute. Please describe the people and resources important to your project in NUI Galway and where potential exists for future collaboration.

Proposal Page Four
: Provide an abbreviated one-page curriculum vitae stressing relevant publications and awards, and the name of one referee prepared to write on your behalf (separate from the College of Arts person supporting the project). No other items should be appended to the proposal, which should not exceed four pages in length.


Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Research/creative profile of the applicant
  • Quality of the proposed research project
  • Extent to which the proposed project would enrich the partnership between the Moore Institute, the respective School at NUI Galway and the applicant
  • Potential of the proposed project to lead to further research collaboration, institutional links and funding bids
  • Extent to which the proposed project would make use of Galway-based resources
  • Proposed outcome(s)


Application Deadline

  • The applicant should submit all materials in a single document to by Friday 2 November 2018
  • Applications received after this deadline or transmitted by post or fax will not be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications must include the 4 page proposal PLUS the letter of support from an NUI Galway staff member.
  • All applications will be acknowledged by email.

Fellowships will be administered through the Moore Institute and all queries can be directed in the first instance to


Award Announcement

Decisions will be announced by email on or before 30 November 2018. Queries about applications in process cannot be acknowledged. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged in Moore Institute publicity.


Award Terms and Conditions

  • Moore Institute Fellowships must be taken up during the period January – May 2019.
  • The Fellowship term is to a maximum of one month. There is no stated minimum term.
  • The amount of the award will vary according to the length of proposed stay and the available overall budget, typically in the range €500–€1500, up to a maximum of €2000 (to cover reasonable travel and living expenses only, which will be paid after the Fellow’s stay by the reimbursement of expenses with receipts).
  • During the research period, fellows are expected to have a significant presence in the Moore Institute.
  • Fellows will be asked to deliver one public lecture/workshop or seminar, which may be recorded, and to be available to meet with students at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Fellows will be required to provide a one-page summary of their research for inclusion on our website as part of our effort to showcase the breadth and excellence of the AHSS research community that we support.
  • Fellows are asked to credit ‘the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies at the National University of Ireland Galway’ in any publication or other outcome pursuant to the award.


Application Form:  VF Application Form 18-19

For any further query, please contact