The SEAI Fellowship pilot 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 Pilot 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 2022 SEAI Fellowship Call Document

 There are 7 topics in this Fellowship Call
1 Investigating gender aspects of Ireland’s clean energy transition
2 Investigating ecological preservation while maximising Ireland’s clean energy transition
3 Investigating innovation to impact frameworks to achieve Ireland’s clean energy transition
4 Research informing model methodology and functionality to enhance comprehensive energy modelling capability
5 Improving the Effectiveness and Equity of Energy Saving Programmes
6 Behavioural economic trials to understand energy consumption and encourage uptake of energy saving measures
7 Developing a research impact framework to support Ireland's energy research sector


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 November 30, 2022    
PEP Application Portal opens  January 2023  Portal open
Fellowship Information Webinar January 10, 2023

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Deadline for Application Submission  February 14th 2023, 3PM IST   
Evaluation Stage 1 Eligibility  March 2023   
Evaluation Stage 2 Technical Evaluation  April 2023   
Evaluation Stage 3 Interview  April/May 2023   
Award Notification   June/July 2023   

How to apply

Applicants to the 2022 SEAI Fellowship Pilot Programme will need to submit and upload the application form and associated documents to the PEP application portal which will be open in January 2023.

For all details, please see the 2022 SEAI Fellowship Pilot Programme Call Document and Application Form in the Programme Documents section below.

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