Call for Applications: Low Pay Commission Research Bursaries 2020


Deadline: 28 February 2020

The Low Pay Commission of Ireland is seeking applications for two Research Bursaries of €25,000 each. The purpose of these bursaries is to provide more knowledge and information in relation to low pay and labour market economics in Ireland.

Applicants must be full-time researchers with a proven track record in producing high quality peer reviewed research or Ph.D students who are enrolled in a Ph.D programme, where the work they will undertake will be supervised in a structured way by a senior researcher with expertise in the relevant area. The details of how this supervision would take place should be outlined in the application. Research proposals must be on topics related to low pay in Ireland or related topics where the research would have a bearing on the issues which the Commission is obliged to consider in its’ terms of reference which can be viewed in the attachment below.

The recipient of the bursary would commit to producing a substantial piece of research which should be of a standard that it could be publishable in a good peer reviewed social science or economic journal. The research paper should be completed within a year of being approved for the bursary. The recipient would be expected to provide a progress report on the work within 6 months and to supply a finished research paper which would be presented in a public seminar within a year of receiving the bursary. While the research paper would be published on the Commission’s website, the Commission would not claim any rights to the paper which could be submitted by the author for publication elsewhere or become a chapter in their Ph.D thesis.

The Commission is keen to encourage research of a high standard. While the research bursaries will be for one year, we are hopeful that this scheme will run in future years. If this is so, researchers who are engaged in projects that last longer than a year will be free to reapply for continuing funding.

Applicants should send the completed application form as well as a C.V to by the closing date. Download 

Ph.D student applicants should also send their supervisor’s CV, as well as a letter from their supervisor supporting their application, confirming that they are supervising the applicant and outlining how the project would be supervised over the period of the bursary.

Outcome of Call for Applications: 27th March 2020