AWS Selection Process

We want to create the world’s most prestigious teaching and research Fellowship. It will attract global leaders from industry and academia to the University of Limerick (UL). AWS-ISE Global Fellows will spend between three weeks and six months inspiring our students, working with our researchers, and engaging with ISE’s growing coalition of industry partners.  

Who is this for?

The Fellowship is for everyone interested in the future of technology. We are seeking to support a diversity of voice, of thought, of background, of impact, and of action. You might be a practising software engineer or a policy maker, a world-renowned professor, someone starting their academic career, an active researcher or an activist. You might be a lawyer or someone without a degree who loves code and wants to work on the IT of the future. You might be an author, an artist, or an entrepreneur.  

 You might be none of these things, and that’s fine too. You don’t need to be a technologist, but you do need to care about technology and innovation and be willing to contribute to the creation of a medium- and long-term network of collaboration. You need to commit to a culture of excellence and to be responsible for delivering on the promise of this prestigious Fellowship.  

Our key prerequisites are passion for your topic and a willingness to work with others, particularly ISE’s faculty and students, and our new R@ISE research programme. How you work with us, and who specifically you work with, is defined by your proposal. You express the value you wish to create with us, and we will work with you to make your project happen. The best way to figure that out is to email us at AWSFELLOWS@ul.ie to start the conversation. 

For applicants with academic/research background:  

  • Senior Fellows will have proven expertise in a domain, deep experience, substantive contributions and be able to demonstrate a maturity of insight in their domain.  
    • Proven teaching and/or research record as appropriate. 
  • Fellows will be able to demonstrate potential for excellence as well as ambition and a desire to work with others to achieve something outstanding.  
    • Proven teaching and/or research record as appropriate. 

For applicants with an industrial or any other focus:  

  • Senior Fellows will have 
    • Five years or more experience in an industrial or other organizational  setting. 
    • Evidence of success in mentorship or equivalent guidance/coaching roles 
  • Fellows will able to demonstrate potential for excellence as well as ambition and a desire to work with others to achieve something outstanding. 
    • Between one and five years of experience in an industrial or any other organizational setting.  

Application Process 

  1. Please review the information about the ISE educational programme and research programme. 
  2. Review information details of our existing ISE research initiatives and industry collaborations (through the ISE/R@ISE website and the ISE/R@ISE affiliates’ homepages). 
  3. Submit a filled and signed Application Form by the relevant deadline. 
  4. The Application Form template (attached below) includes the following:  
    • A summary CV (Section 1), max 3 pages, focusing on achievements.  
    • A statement of the prospective Fellow’s proposed activities (Section 2), max. 3 pages.  
    • Administrative Information (Section 3) 

How to submit your application 

Following your conversation with an ISE representative, download the application form here, fill it out, and send it to us via email at AWSFELLOWS@ul.ie  

Submissions are accepted biannually; the next deadline is September 1st, 2023 for fellowships with earliest starting date January 2023. The communication of the outcome is expected by the end of September 2023.  

Remuneration

The fellowships will cover the travel costs to/from Limerick for the Fellow and a generous monthly allowance. Accommodation may also be provided. For any enquiries, please contact AWSFELLOWS@UL.ie  

About Limerick

Limerick was established in 922 AD, and is now viewed as Ireland’s cultural, artistic, and most recently, digital hub, as it hosts a wealth of industry players and innovators in the technology space. It is also a key contributor to theatre, literature, comedy and the visual arts. Limerick lies on the River Shannon in the centre of Ireland’s MidWest Region. The city is immersed in history, yet is becoming known as much for its dining scene and street art as it is for its castles, cathedrals and museums. Limerick is also part of a major EU funding initiative to become a ‘smart city’ in an effort to build a sustainable region where digital technologies improve quality of life, empower communities and enable economic growth. The Limerick senior men’s hurlers are the current All Ireland Hurling Champions after winning their third title in a row against Kilkenny.

About UL

The University of Limerick (UL map) campus is located on the banks of the River Shannon and enjoys an unspoiled natural environment blended with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. With close to 16,500 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, UL is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship. A survey of Irish students recently voted UL Ireland’s most popular university with a satisfaction rating of 85%.With strong links to business and industry, UL excels at translational research which aims to accelerate the practical application of academic research to benefit society. UL houses some of the most innovative and successful research centres in Ireland. Cafes, restaurants, student and faculty accommodation options and a range of on-campus facilities provide an outstanding student experience and a stimulating working environment. 

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