Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2019 for Researchers (Round II)

Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2019 for Researchers (Round II)

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2019 for Researchers (Round II). The full application details for the Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme can be accessed below.

Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme

Applications are invited for the round two of the Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2019. The Health Research Board (HRB) is committed to building capacity in health research, and to encouraging and supporting early and mid-stage researchers to develop their careers.

The Internship Programme gives researchers who have recently earned a PhD or an MSc an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a State agency alongside experienced professionals. This is the second round of the 2019 call and one position starting in March 2020 is available for this call. Four additional interns will start in January 2020.

Internship Details

The duration of a HRB Internship is 24 months. HRB Interns rotate between the Research Strategy and Funding Directorate and the Health Information and Evidence Directorate, spending one year in each Directorate. Interns have an opportunity to experience each business area. They enhance their understanding of research governance and policy issues in areas such as ethics, data management, public and patient involvement, intellectual property, and research prioritization. Each rotation includes a communications project.

Interns are exposed to:

  • The way funding decisions are made and the critical success factors involved in securing funding
  • How calls are developed and best practice peer review processes
  • Factors involved in grant monitoring and evaluation
  • The research governance and policy environment in which national and international research operates
  • How health information is collected, collated and analysed
  • The process for designing and conducting evidence synthesis and reviews
  • How evidence can be effectively used to inform policy and drive the development of new and existing services.


  • The Internship Award includes salary and related costs (PRSI and employer’s pension contribution) and an overhead contribution (25%). Salary costs will be paid at the appropriate point on the Irish Universities Association’s Researcher Salary Scale (Level 2 Point 2 in year 1 and Level 2 Point 3 in year 2 of the Programme).


  • The HRB Internship Programme is targeted at researchers with a degree in a health-related area who have recently earned, or will shortly earn, a higher degree (MSc, PhD).
  • Applicants may be currently working in a host institution, or they may have reached a natural break in their career.
  • If not yet graduated for the higher degree, must have successfully conducted their viva examination/written dissertation by the start of the internship programme (March 2, 2020).
  • Previous HRB Interns are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be available to take up the internship by March 2, 2020.
  • Applicants must have the support of a host institution.

Ideally, applicants will have a keen interest in health research and will be familiar with the HRB and its core functions. Applicants should have the following attributes:

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work well in an office environment, as part of a team and under their own initiative.

How to Apply for Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Program

To apply for an HRB Internship, complete the signature form (in Appendix 2 of the guidance notes), and submit it along with a curriculum vitae and cover letter, addressed to Annalisa Montesanti at the HRB. The CV and cover letter should emphasize relevant qualifications, skills, current employment status, career plans, and interests. Applications should indicate an available start date. These documents must be submitted by email to no later than December 12, 2019, at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit HRB Internship.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2019.

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