The SEAI Fellowship programme will provide the opportunity for postdoctoral or experienced researchers to apply for research fellowship positions based within SEAI.

About the programme

This programme, open to postdoctoral or experienced researchers with the support of their 3rd level educational body, aims to provide successful applicants with the opportunity to develop their career through proposing a research project and delivering it while immersed in the diverse activities carried out by SEAI, Ireland’s sustainable energy authority.  

The primary objectives of the SEAI Fellowship Programme are to: 

  • build capacity in the sustainable energy sector.
  • enhance national capabilities and capacities at the energy-policy interface.
  • bridge the gap between policy and research.
  • strengthen knowledge to support the clean energy transition.

Applicants are invited to submit research proposals aligning with one of the 7 Topics below. All details regarding the application process can be found in the 2023 Project Call Document.

Call update (15th January 2024)

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances SEAI are no longer in a position to offer a fellowship under Topic 3. Topic 3 has been removed from the call.

There is a new topic in the call -  Topic 8: Understanding the impact of policies on the successful development of a community energy sector in Ireland.

 There are 7 topics in this Fellowship Call
1 Investigating ecological preservation while maximising Ireland’s clean energy transition  
2 Applying an innovation to impact framework to achieve Ireland’s clean energy transition 
3 TOPIC REMOVED Research informing model methodology and functionality to enhance comprehensive energy modelling capability
4 A just decarbonisation of Ireland’s passenger vehicle fleet 
5 Behavioural science approaches to understanding and changing energy-related behaviours  
6 Barriers and opportunities in the uptake of low carbon heating technologies in industry 
7 Bioenergy opportunities for Ireland 
8 NEW TOPIC Understanding the impacts of Irish policies on the successful development of a community energy sector in Ireland. 

Fellowship Topic Clinics

SEAI are running SEAI Fellowship topic clinics in the coming weeks. In these clinics you will get a chance to meet the SEAI team, learn about the relevant programme or department for your topic and ask questions about your research idea. To register please fill out the Microsoft Form at the below link. Registration closes January 26th.  


The SEAI Fellowship Programme is open to researchers who: 

  • Hold a relevant PhD or equivalent* relevant research experience.   
  • Have the support of a 3rd Level Educational Body for their application.  

* SEAI defines PhD equivalent as 4 years’ full time research experience after primary degree.

Key Dates

Call Open Date 12 December 2023    
PEP Application Portal opens  January 2024    
Fellowship Information Webinar 17th January 2024 


Deadline for Application Submission  12th February 2024, 3PM IST   
Evaluation Stage 1 Eligibility  February 2024    
Evaluation Stage 2 Technical Evaluation  March 2024    
Evaluation Stage 3 Interview  April/May 2024    
Award Notification   June/July 2024    

How to apply

Applicants to the 2023 SEAI Fellowship Programme will need to submit and upload the application form and associated documents to the PEP application portal which is now open. 

For all details, please see the 2023 SEAI Fellowship Programme Call Document and Application Form in the Programme Documents section below. 

Contact us

Please contact with any queries on the 2023 SEAI Fellowship Programme.