Frequently Asked Questions

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The time associated with completing the fellowship will vary from colleague to colleague, nevertheless we estimate that in the region of 1-2 days per week over the 18-month period will be required for the fellowship to be successful.

Applicants can withdraw from the process at any stage up until the fellowship is awarded.

All funding will be allocated to an institutional account.

No. There is no allowance for institutional overheads within the funding.

Yes.  Staff who teach in any Irish higher education institute can apply for a Fellowship.

This means that a PhD, a professional doctorate (e.g. an EdD) and/or any professional qualification evidenced as being at NQF Level 10 will be accepted in fulfilment of this indicator.

Yes. You can list these and other forms of structured continuing professional development that have a clear teaching and learning focus.

Yes.  You can include the details, and the anticipated award date, of any teaching and learning qualifications you are pursuing at the time of application.

In Stage 1 feedback will be provided as a table on the extent to which the listed indicators have been fulfilled.

In Stage 2 feedback will be provided as written comments by the review panel.

In Stage 3 feedback will be provided as written comments by the review panel.

Though feedback will be provided at all stages of the process, there will be no appeals process at any point.  The decisions conveyed to the applicants will be final and will not be subject to discussion or revision.

Yes.  All applicants must have sign off by their head of department/line manager in Stage 1.

No. Fellowships are only open to colleagues who work in Irish higher education.

No. All applicants must have a doctoral qualification or professional equivalent.

Yes. You need to have a contract of employment that covers the period up until December 2021 but you do not need to be in full-time employment.

Yes. There can be gaps in the years; they do not have to be successive but you must have, in total, greater than or equal to ten years working in higher education in Ireland.

Yes. You can draw on all your experience, in Ireland and elsewhere, to complete the application form but you must have ten years or more experience of working in Irish higher education.

Personal details given when you create an application account at the beginning of the application process will not be included in the application sent to reviewers.

There will be international and national reviewers.

Yes.  If you wish to pause and return to your application at a later date, you will need to click the ‘save and continue later’ button at the end of the application form.  Please note that you will not be able to change your application once you have clicked the ‘submit’ button.

You can include peer-reviewed publications with undergraduate students as teaching and learning related publications if the focus of the publication could be classified under the broad headings of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

If you are not sure about your eligibility you should contact the National Forum by email on

A Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship information webinar was held on Thursday, 23 January 2020. This webinar discussed the application process, the criteria that will need to be met and the process of review for stage 1. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

Following Stage 1 of the process we will host and record an information session for those applicants who have progressed to Stage 2; we will replicate this process for those applicants who progress to Stage 3.

If you have any query about the Fellowships not answered in the call documentation or in these FAQs please email us on

Yes. Because of the exceptional circumstances associated with Covid-19, we have decided to extend the deadline for the submissions for Stage 2 of the Teaching and Learning Fellowship process until noon on Monday 20th April 2020.  With this change in deadline we cannot guarantee that we will be able to share the outcome of Stage 2 on the 30 April as previously advised but we will do our utmost to stay as close to that timeframe as possible.