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28 May 2024  

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rural Development


Minister Humphreys and National University of Ireland launch
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rural Development

The purpose of the Fellowship is to encourage and support post-doctoral research in rural development generally and, more specifically, to advance the objectives of the National Rural Development Policy, Our Rural Future, through research in relevant fields.

The Fellowship, with an approximate value of €82,000 to the recipient, will be offered for competition to doctoral graduates to enable them to complete post-doctoral research for up to two years in one of the NUI’s member institutions. The Department of Rural and Community Development will cover all costs associated with the Fellowships to a total of just under €120,000.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said:

‘I am delighted to announce, in partnership with the National University of Ireland,
a competition to offer a Government of Ireland-NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in
Rural Development 2022.

‘This unique opportunity is aimed at all eligible graduates who have a real interest in addressing the challenges, and seizing the opportunities, that face Rural Ireland.

‘This is an exciting time for our rural communities, which are being by Government through the implementation of the most ambitious rural development policy ‘Our Rural Future’.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys

Minister Humphreys concluded:

‘There are a number of thematic areas we are particularly interested in such as;
Trends in Rural Demographics, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Rural Communities,
Gender Equality in Rural Areas and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Rural Areas.

‘I want to encourage all eligible graduates to consider applying for this fellowship, which I have
no doubt will be administered to the highest standard by NUI.’

Heather Humphreys
Minister for Rural and Community Development

NUI Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning said:

‘The National University of Ireland is proud to partner with the Department of Community and
Rural Development in continuing the University’s legacy in rural development.

This Fellowship will contribute to the evidence basis informing and shaping national policies relevant to sustainable rural development, and more generally to enhance research, teaching and learning in rural development in the University into the future.’

Dr Maurice Manning
NUI Chancellor

The application deadline is 8 April 2022, all enquiries should be made to NUI (awards@nui.ie)

Click here for further detail on the Fellowship, including information on how to apply.


Our Rural Future: Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 represents the Irish Government’s blueprint for a post-COVID-19 recovery and development of rural Ireland until 2025. It provides the framework to achieve the vision of transforming the quality of life and opportunity for people living in rural areas.

The vision of Our Rural Future is for a thriving rural Ireland which is integral to our national economic, social, cultural, and environmental wellbeing and development. That vision is an Ireland which is built on the interdependence of urban and rural areas, which recognises the centrality of people, the importance of vibrant and lived-in rural places, and the potential to create quality jobs and sustain our shared environment.

Further information on the National Rural Development Policy, Our Rural Future can be found on the government’s website:



Further information from:

Dr Patrick O'Leary
National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, D02 V583
Ph: 01 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq
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