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There are two exciting fully funded opportunities available annually.  In 2017 NDTP launched a new Scholarship to part fund 24 NCHDs pursuing a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership Skills.

Overseas Training - Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship

The Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship is awarded annually to Specialist / Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. 

The Scholarship supports doctors to train in centers of excellence overseas in novel areas of medicine and patient care which are limited or unavailable in Ireland and to bring the skills gained back to the Irish health service.

The Scholarship was developed and established by the HSE in 2007, following a recommendation in the Buttimer Report.  To date, thirty nine doctors have been awarded Scholarships and a further fifteen have been awarded bursaries under the programme.  A number of past recipients have since been appointed to consultant posts in Ireland.

Prof Eilis McGovern, Director of the National Doctor’s Training and Planning unit in the HSE has announced the awarding of four scholarships and two bursaries under the Dr Steevens’ Scholarships Programme for 2016. Prof McGovern said that applications were of a notably high calibre and many excellent study proposals were considered by the expert assessment panel.

After due consideration four Scholarships were awarded to the following outstanding candidates (in alphabetical order):

Dr Helen Heneghan, SpR in General Surgery will undertake a clinical fellowship in the specialty of Bariatric Surgery in Chester, UK, from July 2016.

Dr Eric Kelleher, SR in Psychiatry, will undertake a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry including unexplained neurological symptoms at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

Dr. Sonia Manning, SpR in Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Waterford, has accepted a Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dr Karl Neff, SpR in Endocrinology and Diabetes, will be undertaking a fellowship in Advanced Obesity and Bariatric Care at King’s College London.

Two bursaries were also awarded to Dr. James O’Byrne and Dr Patrick Stapleton.

Further information on the 2016 Scholarships and Bursaries is available at this link and for information on the 2015 awardees please access this link 2015 Scholarships and Bursaries

Dr Séan Hynes a 2015 Scholarship awardee has written a report which is a summary of his Fellowship in Molecular Pathology at the Northern Ireland Molecular Pathology Laboratory in Belfast under the direction of Prof. Manuel Salto-Tellez and supported by a Dr. Richard Steevens scholarship. 

Dr. Aisling Barry was a 2015 Bursary Awardee who spent a year at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, specialising in Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy and had a fantastic experience with the assistance of the bursary.  

Next round of scholarships

It is envisaged that the next round of Scholarships will be advertised in November 2016 commencing in July 2017 and that the process will be similar to that used in previous years. Please check the Diary Dates section of the website for updates on the application process for the 2017 Scholarships.

Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship (2017) guidance document and application form

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Professor Eilis McGovern, Director, National Doctors Training & Planning and Dr Catherine Diskin, National Lead /NDTP, Dublin Castle January 2017

National SpR/SR Academic Fellowship Programme

The programme was jointly established in 2009 by the HSE and Health Research Board. It supports Specialist/Senior Registrars to enter an integrated training pathway for clinical training leading to CCST and research leading to PhD.  Previously, medical trainees have had to pause their clinical training in order to undertake research. The aim of the programme is to train the academic clinicians and academic scientists of the future.

The programme was developed in response to a recommendation in the Buttimer Report. The development of career pathways for health professionals, involving research, was a key action identified in the Department of Health & Children's 2009 Action Plan for Health Research.

Applicants must be in the early stages of higher specialist training.  All applications are subject to international peer review and shortlisted candidates are interviewed by a panel including international experts.


Thirteen awards have been made to date including Dr. Terri McVeight (Clinical Genetics) and Dr. Grainne Holleran (Gastroenterology) who began their HSE/HRB fellowships in July 2014.

Next round of fellowships

The next round of Fellowships has yet to be confirmed, please check the Diary Dates section of the website for updates on the call for applications.

National SpR/SR Academic Fellowship Programme (2014) guidance document and application form.

Management and Leadership Scholarship 

NCHDs invited to apply for new scholarship to support a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills.

The HSE has announced that it will part-fund 24 places for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) who wish to pursue a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills.

The funding is being made available via the National Doctors Training & Planning function of the organisation’s HR Division. 

Funding will be available for up to 60% of the cost of an approved Masters course in the Republic of Ireland reimbursed up to a maximum of €4,800 per year.

Announcing the development Professor Eilis McGovern, HSE National Doctors Training & Planning, said: “This scholarship is an investment both in the professional development of non-consultant hospital doctors and in the future of the Irish public health service”. Dr Catherine Diskin, National Lead NCHD /NDTP Fellow commented that this new “scholarship is a welcome support to NCHDs interested in pursuing a postgraduate Masters Degree in management or leadership and am grateful with Ms Aoife Nolan for her kind work”.

The HSE is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of specialities. The funding will support 24 doctors to pursue a Masters – 12 places will be part-funded in the first year and a further 12 in the second year.

The objective of the funding is to:

  • Provide an additional option to NCHDs regarding their area of interest
  • Encourage doctors with an interest in management and leadership roles to undertake a formal qualification
  • Prepare doctors for management and leadership roles e.g. Clinical Directors
  • Enhance the key role clinicians play in management and equip NCHDs with the necessary skills to undertake these roles in the future


It is expected that the Masters programme will be two years part time, however consideration will be given to applicants who are availing of out of clinical programme experience recognised by their training body and wish to complete a one year full time programme.

For further information and application forms are available here and also from Aoife Nolan on 01-635-2903 or email