The ALECS Fellowship Programme


Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems (ALECS) is an innovative fellowship programme coordinated by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is co-funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland, through Lero.


The aim of the programme is to provide training and career development to the next generation of skilled computer science and software engineering researchers through providing international mobility and intersectoral exposure.

Who is it for

The programme will fund 26 fellowships for experienced researchers, who either have a PhD degree or who have at least 4 years equivalent full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry.

Applications are welcome from researchers, of any nationality, who comply with the programme’s eligibility criteria.

Calls for Proposals

Fellows will be recruited over internationally advertised calls for research proposals. For important dates associated with the first call for proposals, click here.


All fellowships will be based in Ireland where fellows will be hosted by their academic supervisor’s university.



The two-year fellowship will include an individual research project under the supervision of an ALECS academic supervisor and an industry secondment.


Freedom to choose the research project topic provided it falls within the broad Lero research remit and the research interests of an ALECS academic supervisor.



Fellows will undertake a mandatory 3-6 months industry secondment as part of their fellowship.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754489.