This year, for the first time, the Department of Rural and Community Development will be funding a 2-year fellowship as part of our 2020 Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship call.


Download here: GOIPD-DRCD-Theme-Documentation-FINAL


Applicants to the GOIPD DRCD Fellowship are subject to the GOIPD 2020 Terms and Conditions available on our website.

The successful applicant should hold a PhD in social enterprise, economics, sociology or geography. In exceptional and convincing cases, other disciplines may be considered.

Proposals should demonstrate direct linkages to the new National Social Enterprise Policy and international best practice. Given that the research is primarily concerned with developing an impact-measurement methodology for the Irish social enterprise ecosystem, candidates should demonstrate how the research will take into account the spectrum of social enterprise activity which exists in Ireland, e.g. circular economy, deficient demand, work integration, rural focus and so on.

Additionally, candidates should present their vision on how they might ensure wider engagement with research networks and policy-makers on questions relevant to impact-measurement for social enterprise in Ireland.

Expected specific outputs

Over the course of the fellowship the successful applicant would be expected to deliver the following, at a minimum:

  1. Extensive international literature, policy and social impact methodology review
  2. Gap analysis of further data/research required to assess the social and economic impacts of

    social enterprise in Ireland

  3. Comprehensive Report proposing an Impact-measurement methodology for the spectrum of

    social enterprise in Ireland in light of the National Policy

  4. Minimum of three peer-reviewed journal articles linked to the core focus of the research
  5. Active engagement in knowledge-sharing and policy discourse on a national level on an

    ongoing basis including to relevant conferences, policy and stakeholder meetings.

  6. Demonstrable engagement with national and international social impact-focussed research


The funded project must start on October 1st 2020 and must be completed in 24 months.

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