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Hosting Agreements 

A Hosting Agreement is a relatively new initiative introduced by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in unison with the Department of Justice, Irish Universities Association and the European Union. Its purpose is to facilitate the admission of third country researchers to EU Member States for the purpose of carrying out research. As the scheme negates the need for a Work Permit or Critical Skills Employment Permit it facilitates the swift and efficient recruitment of world-class research talent. 


A Hosting Agreement applies to academic research staff only (it does not cover academic i.e. lecturers, technical or administrative staff). The typical positions it would be applicable for are: Research Assistant; Postdoctoral Researcher; Research Fellow; and Senior Research Fellow. There is a minimum salary threshold for applications of €23,181 for a person without dependents, and €30,000 for a person with dependents.

Application Timeframe

Although the timeframe for the approval of the application is swift, taking approximately two weeks, the line manager and applicant should bear in mind that other factors can significantly lengthen the application process. These factors would include funding approval confirmation, staff request approval and contract issue, entry visa requirements and international post. Bearing this in mind all new Hosting Agreement applications should be prepared at least 8 weeks in advance of the proposed start or renewal date (please see the Applying for a Hosting Agreement Section).

Application Fee

There is no application fee required for a Hosting Agreement.

Key Provisions & Benefits

The key provisions and benefits of the Hosting Agreement Scheme are as follows:

      • Linked to the contract of employment offered by the relevant employer
      • The duration of the scheme must be for a minimum of three months to a maximum of five years
      • Allows for immediate family reunification, i.e. a researcher can bring his/her family to Ireland from the start of his/her employment
      • Application process is swift (excluding VISA application process)
      • After two years an individual can apply for a GNIB card Stamp 4
      • No application fee involved

Applying for a Hosting Agreement - HR Contacts

For further information on applying for a Hosting Agreement please click on the following link Applying for a Hosting Agreement and speak to Laura (ext. 8765) and/or Catriona (ext. 7386) in HR.

Further Information on Hosting Agreements

All terms and conditions relating to the Hosting Agreement Scheme can be found on the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation website here.

Alternatively you can contact Ms. Jennifer Cleary (Network Manager) or Dr. Magdalena Wislocka (Network Assistant) in the Irish Universities Association Research Mobility Office. This office provides researchers with comprehensive advice on Research Mobility in Europe and the Hosting Agreement scheme http://www.euraxess.ie/

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