The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland.

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Charlemont Grants

The Royal Irish Academy’s Charlemont Grants Scheme was established in 2007 (formerly known as the RIA Mobility Grant Scheme). It is a high-impact travel grants scheme aimed at early-career postdoctoral researchers. The scheme, named in honour of the Academy’s first president, and notable Grand Tourist, James Caulfeild, the first Earl of Charlemont (1728-99), facilitates short international visits for the conduct of primary research in any subject area. This highly successful scheme speaks to one of the RIA’s fundamental missions by identifying and encouraging excellence in all areas of Irish scholarship and facilitating research on an international stage. The scheme awards on average 30 individual applications each year with an annual fund disbursed of c. €50,000.

How to Apply

The next RIA Charlemont Grants call will open in Winter 2018/Spring 2019. Please join the Academy mailing list and select grants to receive notifications and updates.

Applications are invited for research grants up to a maximum of €2,500 for a clearly defined piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on the completion of the project. The scheme is open to postdoctoral researchers who are not more than seven years past the awarding of their PhDs at the start of the term of the grant period.

Grants are available for short visits to any country to support primary research in any subject area. The duration of visits is generally between one week and six weeks in length, the key objectives being to initiate one-to-one collaborations, explore opportunities to build lasting networks and gain access to ideas, research facilities, and complementary equipment. Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; or for visits by or to partner scholars. Applications from international scholars are also welcome, provided an Irish-based (including Northern Ireland) scholar makes the application on their behalf and acts as host.

Reporting Guidelines

Following the conclusion of your research trip, you are required to complete the online Grants Report Form covering your visit, together with a detailed statement of income and expenditure. Please email to receive further information and to obtain the link for the report.

Find Out More

Further news items about the Charlemont Grants can be found in the news archive here

Should you have any questions or require further information on this grant scheme, please email

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