Rannís Postdoctoral Fellowships in Iceland

The Icelandic Research Fund (IRF) is an open competitive fund which provides research grants according to the general priorities of the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and based on peer review of proposals. 

Eligibility for Grants

Principal investigators must have completed their graduate studies at an accredited university (does not apply to doctoral student grants).

Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have been awarded a doctoral degree within the past seven years before the grant application deadline. A copy of the doctoral degree certificate shall accompany the application, or alternatively be submitted by December 1, 2017. Special circumstances, such as parental leave or illnesses that prevented research activities, and are specified in the applicant’s CV, may be considered as grounds for exceptions to this rule.

Applicants for doctoral student grants must have been admitted to doctoral studies at an Icelandic university and an attestation to that effect from the student registry of the University of Iceland or comparable offices in other Icelandic universities shall accompany the application.

International research collaboration and industrial partners are welcomed in applications. Grants can, however, only be paid into accounts of Icelandic institutions or companies. Funds from the IRF may be used for co-funding of international research projects with a similar focus.

Applications must meet all stated eligibility criteria in order to be reviewed. If it becomes clear during the application process that one or more of the eligibility criteria have not been met, the application is declared ineligible and is withdrawn from any further examination.

There are four grant types: project grants, grants of excellence, postdoctoral fellowship grants and doctoral student grants, and these grants are awarded for up to 36 months.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant

The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship grant is to help young research scientists to develop their academic careers.

The eligible applicant must have obtained an invitation from a host institution, preferably different from the institution awarding the doctoral degree, prior to the submission deadline. The maximum grant amount for projects is ISK 24 million for a 36-month project, ISK 16 million for a 24 month project, and ISK 8 million for a 12-month project. The grant from the IRF may fund up to 100% of the total project cost. The applicant must explain how the fellowship fits with previous work of the applicant, how it will enhance his/her career development, and provide information about future research plans after the grant period. If the grant recipient accepts another position during the grant period, the grant payments will be terminated at the start date of the new position.

Approved Expenses


Grants can be used to fund salaries of researchers, graduate students and technical staff. Participating researchers may be unidentified at time of application, but work assignments for all persons involved in the project must be detailed in the budget if the application includes funding for their salaries. The IRF does not fund payments of overtime worked in research or payment of salaries to parties who are also receiving full pay for other work (including pensioners).

Operational Expenses

Applicants can apply for funding for financing expenses due to necessary resources for the project, excluding items concerning overhead expenses and facilities, e.g. general office equipment such as computers. All operational expenses and expenses due to purchase of equipment shall be itemized in the correct field in the table. Price quotes from sellers/producers in connection with equipment purchase shall accompany the application. Note that all unexplained cost will be rejected. Equipment for up to ISK 2 million can be included in each application as operational expenses. Applications for costly instruments and equipment shall be submitted to the Infrastructure fund. Please note that the minimum amount for an application to the Infrastructure fund is ISK 2 million.

Travel Expenses

This item consists of the total sum of travel necessary for the progr ess of the project. All travel expenses must be justified and their relation to the project goal(s) clearly explained.

Contracted Services

This item consists of work not carried out by the participants in the project, which is necessary for the project’s progress. Publication costs of up to ISK 500,000 can be applied for during the project period under this item. All expenses due to contracted services shall be itemized in the correct field in the electronic application form. Tenders for contracted services shall accompany the application. It is not possible to apply for financing of overhead expenses and facilities in relation to contracted services.

Overhead Expenses and Facilities

Applicants can apply for funding for financing overhead and facilities for up to 25% on top of total cost of the project, excluding  contracted services and equipment cost. Overhead expenses include costs related to, for example, office and research facilities, rent, utilities, support and auxiliary functions, purchases of literature, and purchases and maintenance of IT equipment and infrastructure such as computers. This amount is added to the grant amount applied for, and therefore the total amount can be higher than what is indicated as the maximum grant amount.

Application date
15 Jun 2017
Up to 3 years
Europe Iceland
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 7 years
Award granted
Up to kr 24.000.000