Frequently Asked Questions


What research areas does the MedTrain programme include?

The programme is broadly in the area of medical device research and development, including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials and drug delivery, glyco and protein engineering, and neuromodulation and computational modelling. A more detailed description of the research interests of each PI can be found in the Research Areas section of the website.


What is the duration of a Fellowship?

MedTrain fellowships are of two years duration.

I am looking for a PhD position- can I apply to MedTrain?

No, MedTrain Fellowships are for Experienced Researchers, defined as those with a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of recruitment (for call 1 April 14 2017, for call 1B July 7 2017).

Where are the Fellowships based?

Fellows will be based in Ireland, in the institution of their chosen MedTrain host supervisor- either the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), or the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland(RCSI). The Fellowship also includes a secondment period (of up to 6 months maximum) to a non-academic research organisation.

What is the salary for Fellows?

Amounts provided for the benefit of the researcher are as follows:

Cost categories

Amount (€/month)

Living Allowance

3 102

Mobility Allowance*


Family Allowance**


Contribution to research costs***


Please note that all or part of the costs may be liable for taxes.

Following deduction of employer social security (10.75%) and pension (20%) contributions, living and mobility costs equate to a gross salary of €33 975 per annum (Level 2a, Point 1 FTE on the SFI salary scales version Nov 2013).

* mobility allowance is provided to cover expenses linked to the personal household and relocation of the Fellow.

** paid when the Fellow has family obligations. Family is defined as persons linked to the Fellow (i) by marriage; (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the Fellow.

***to cover consumable costs, costs of communication, dissemination and exploitation, and travel to international conferences, workshops and secondments.

What is the start date of the Fellowships?

Estimated start dates are from April - June 2017 for Fellows recruited in call 1 and July - Sept 2017 for call 1B. A further call for applications (call 2) will open in/prior to July 2017.


How many Fellowships are available in call 1?

There are 15 fellowships available in the first call (call 1 and 1B) for applicants to MedTrain. Up to 31 Fellowships are available in total across the Programme.

When does call 1 close?

Call 1 closed to applications on 30 November 2016 and call 1B closed on 18 April 2017. 

Will there be further calls?

We plan to open a further call (call 2) by the end of July 2017.


Who is eligible to apply?

Researchers of any nationality are eligible to apply, provided they

  1. have a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of recruitment (for call 1 April 14 2017, for call 1B July 7 2017), and

  2. have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the time of recruitment (for call 1 April 14 2017, for call 1B July 7 2017). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

What should I do if I am not sure whether my subject is eligible for funding in the programme?

Please send the Programme Manager a short project summary by email to

The Programme Manager will reply within a few days to let you know whether you can apply.

How do I apply?

In order to apply, you should first develop your research proposal with a PI of your choosing from those featured on the MedTrain website. You will then need to register and submit your application via the online application system. The Guide for Applicants, which can be downloaded from the website, contains further information on the steps involved, as well as application templates.

Can I submit my application in a language other than English?

No, only applications written in English can be accepted.