Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, announced the recipients of a new Employment-based Postgraduate Fellowship that supports MA and PhD researchers to work with Irish businesses and organisations. I applied to the programme before Christmas but couldn’t announce the result until now.
I had been looking for an opportunity to learn, to be challenged, to be supported and while making Cure addresses that quest in an artistic process, returning to academia feels like another structure that could support the enquiry. I wasn’t sure that the programme, which appeared to be aimed at researchers who wanted to work with bio-tech companies, would extend to research based in the arts; but a strong partnership between Project Arts Centre, with whom I will be working in this research, and NUI Maynooth where my supervisor Prof. Gerry Kearns is based, proved successful. So I’m doing a PhD for the next four years. Watch this space.