Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

Call for Applications for Funding in 2019

Research fellowships

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

Conference Sponsorship

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for funding towards a conference (or workshopsymposium, etc) to take place in a member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the Conference Sponsorship scheme is to inform policy makers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas.


Student applications now open for first ESA Academy’s Earth Observation Satellite System Design Training Course

ESA’s Education Office is looking for 30 highly motivated engineering Master’s and PhD students to participate in the Earth Observation Satellite System Design Training Course 2018. This pilot Course will be held from 1 – 5 October in the new ESA Academy Training and Learning Facility (TLF) in ESA’s ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium.

Student applications now open: The deadline for applications is 13 August 2018. See who can apply and how!


Fantastic, Unusual PhD opportunity in Uni of Ulster

Very unusual remote sensing/geophys/ocean obs PhD opportunity in University of Ulster- using bathymetric techniques and others to survey and classify WW1 shipwreck sites in Irish Sea.



New Teagasc PhD opporutniy in Remote Sensing

A Teagasc Walsh Fellowship is available, deadline for applications is June 30th.

The 4 year structured PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between the Department of AgrifoodBusiness and Spatial Analysis, REDP, Teagasc (Ashtown), Maynooth University Department of Geography, Maynooth University, and the Department of Geography, University College Dublin. The student will be co-located between Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin and Maynooth University and will be registered at Maynooth University. The student will be working under the supervision of Rowan Fealy (MU) and Stuart Green (Teagasc).

The proposed research will establish a methodology for utilising rainfall radar, in combination with MetÉireann’s precipitation gauge network, to develop high spatio-temporal resolution, near real-time rainfall estimates for Ireland. An analysis of the rainfall radar will also be undertaken with available satellite data (eg. METEOSAT; Sentinel 1a/b). The results will provide a robust basis for developing real time,
local rainfall estimates that coupled with the Teagasc Nutrient Management Planning decision support system (NMP Online) can inform timing of fertiliser applications.

Full details here Walsh Fellowship PhD Advert Rainfall Radar May2017 (3)

Remote Sensing projects in New EPA funding call

The latest round of EPA Ireland research funding calls have just been announced.

And there are two explicitly remote sensing calls under the water section:

Water 2017 Call – Project 4 Potential for the use of drones for the purposes of open lake water sampling €150,000
Water 2017 Call – Project 5 Remote sensing of surface waters in Ireland €250,000


I’d say there would also be RS elements to water projects 2 and 7.


Nothing obvious jumps out from the other two pillars- maybe a role for RS in the Climate call landuse project




4 New Remote Sensing Academic Posts in Ireland

2 Post Doc positions in University College Cork


1 Post Doc position in NUI Galway

NUIG 020-16, Research FellowSatellite Remote Sensing Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS), School of Physics, NUI Galway


  1. Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity

“National farm scale estimates of grass yield using remote sensing”

Teagasc Walsh Fellowships, 2016 Ref: 2016051


Grass, either as pasture or winter fodder, is the main feedstuff on Irish farms, therefore it is important to measure its growth rate and yield across Ireland (including with respect to soils and environmental conditions). Earth observation technologies are the only feasible way to give national estimates of grass yield for Ireland at a high spatial and temporal resolution.


This PhD will build on recent work done by the spatial analysis group in Teagasc and UCC on grassland monitoring through machine learning of optical satellite data. The original model, using advanced, data-rich algorithms for a limited number of sites to relate grass biomass to optically derived vegetation indices, was built using seasonal time series data from the MODIS sensor but insufficient ground data prevented extension of this work to a national scale. Additionally, national estimates of current grass growth conditions compared to decadal averages have been derived, again based on MODIS data, but the spatial resolution of this instrument compared to Irish field sizes has proven problematic.


The main goal of this PhD research is to combine these two approaches, drawing on high resolution data acquired by recently launched Landsat and ESA Sentinel-2 satellites, with a database of weekly grass growth rates on 300+ farms, to build a national model for farm scale (~1Ha resolution) frequent estimates of current grass biomass.



Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Upper Second Class Honours), and preferably an M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Remote Sensing, Agriculture, Computer Science, Physics, etc.). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and a good communicator in both oral and written format. Experience of computer programming would be an advantage.


The PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Ashtown, and the Department of Geography, University College Cork (UCC). The student will be based, in the first instance, at UCC working under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Cawkwell, followed by a move to Ashtown, Dublin under Teagasc supervisor Stuart Green. The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of October 2016 when the most suitable candidate is appointed.

The fellowship provides a stipend of €22,000. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for 4 years.


Further Information/Applications

Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland

Phone +353 (0)21 490 2707          email:


Stuart Green, REDP, Teagasc, Ashtown Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Republic of Ireland

Phone +353 (0)1 805 9955            email:


Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to:

Dr Fiona Cawkwell ( and Stuart Green (