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Young Academy of Ireland

Calling talented and emerging leaders

YAI Applications for 2022 have now closed

Thanks to everyone who applied to become one of the first members of the YAI. We are hugely excited to be reviewing your applications. We will be in touch with an update on your application by the end of January 2023. If you have any questions, please email

The first Call for Members of the Young Academy of Ireland – a network of early career researchers and innovators – was opened today by the Royal Irish Academy.

The Young Academy of Ireland (YAI) will bring together early career researchers and innovators from the island of Ireland providing an opportunity to work with peers across disciplines on issues of common interest.

This is an exciting opportunity for early career researchers to be part of a new academy that supports and gives a voice to professionals at an early stage of their career and to contribute effectively to the development of all-island research, educational and cultural life.

The YAI will provide a platform for ECRIs of all ages from many different sectors and backgrounds, to share ideas and develop thinking on significant and challenging issues and actively participate in discussions that address global issues. The YAI is a forum for talented emerging leaders and strives for a membership that reflects equality, diversity and inclusion.

Individuals who are interested in inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration, have a record of outstanding achievement and, above all, are motivated and prepared to make a serious commitment to the objectives of a YAI will be considered for membership. The YAI is targeted at scholars in the early stages of their career who have been selected for the excellence of their research impact and commitment to public service. (‘Young’ refers to career stage rather than to the age of Young Academy members.)

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The YAI is an initiative of the Royal Irish Academy. The YAI is supported by the Royal Irish Academy and Accenture.


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