Current Funded Projects:


A) Developing a Skellig Foundation Public Presentation on 
 Sustainability/Climate Change for Fall 2017  

B) Developing a "Skellig Foundation Young Scholar" Visiting Fellowship 
 in Dublin 
Proposals Seeking Funding:
A) The First Skellig Workshops on Sustainability.

Workshop Objectives:

To create, in Ireland, the "Skellig Fellows Workshop on Sustainability" for a group of 15-25 diverse and highly  
talented PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. The goal of this workshop program will be to enable groups of 
young international scholars to exchange their knowledge, ideas and enthusiam to develop new options to 
make our world more sustainable.  

A essential element in these workshops will be the participation of experienced scholars of sustainability who are 
motivated to share their collected knowledge and experience with the young Skellig Fellows. As well as participating
in the program, its senior and emeritus professors, and other senior professionals experienced in the area of 
sustainability, will help to the Foundation to identify and nominate the young scholars for this program.  

The PhD students and post-doctoral researchers selected will have both exceptional new ideas on sustainability, 
and the potential to realise them. Primarily, the fellows, with the small team of senior scientists, engineers, 
business people, and artists, will address "Creating a Sustainable Planet", a subject of vital importance 
for young people and subsequent generations (including climate change mitigation and adaptation issues). To 
stimulate lateral thinking ....the workshop will also include some discussions regarding how literature and the 
arts could help stimulate the bold, brave, and creative thinking skills that are needed to create a more 
sustainable global society.
We anticipate that these unique Skellig “Gatherings” of highly motivated and multi-talented young fellows will be 
held biannually in an Irish University setting for 2-3 weeks. The program will maximize information exchanges 
between the young fellows by having each fellow ”teach” keys aspects of their area of expertise related to 
sustainability and introduce their ”big ideas” to the group. The fellows will also self-organize to develop group 
discussions on some ”big ideas” presented, and on other topics of mutual interest, and some lectures 
by invited speakers. 

Estimated Endowment needed for this Biannual Program (for 10 years) is between 500,000 – 750,000 Euro 
(depending on workshop length and student numbers). 

Foundations, Corporations, and individuals interested in funding this Workshop, in full, or in part, should contact 
the Skellig Foundation at for more detailed information. 

NOTE: A number of academics and writers have already agreed to contribute to this program for several days 
at no  cost beyond covering their lodging and food expenses while they are in Ireland.

B) Skellig Visiting Fellowship Program - Research in Dublin on Sustainability and
 Climate Change

Fellowship Objective: bring to Dublin recent PhD graduates (<2 years after PhD), or final year graduate students, 
who are doing research on sustainability and climate change issues for a 1-2 month period. The scholars will have 
interactive research and discussions with Irish academics, students, and business people who have overlapping 
interests and will give lectures in different cities in Ireland related to their area of expertise. 

Funding required to start is an Endowment for 5 years (25,000 Euro)

Amount Committed to date

= 10% (2,500 Euro)