Available Scholarships and Fellowships

Management and Leadership Scholarship 

In 2017 NDTP launched a new Scholarship to part fund 24 NCHDs pursuing a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership Skills.

Doctors are an invaluable resource within our health service. Clinician Leadership is recognised as essential in both the delivery of healthcare and the management of the health service. The relationship between medical engagement and leadership and organisational performance including delivery of quality patient care is unmistakeable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Further information on the Leadership & Management Scholarship is available on the Guidance Document.

For more, contact Maeve Smith via email at maeve.smith2@hse.ie

Guidance Document available here

Application Forms:

Application Form - Year 1
Application Form - Year 2

Funding for 24 places per year (12 for Year 1 & 12 for Year 2) is now available through NDTP for NCHDs who wish to pursue a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of specialties.

The objective of this 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

- be registered on the current Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland.
- have applied for an approved Masters programme by the relevant University / Third Level Institution (see list on page 3).
- be commencing their Masters programme in the autumn.
- have completed and submitted all required documentation to NDTP.
- have the duration of the Masters programme remaining in their training programme upon enrollment

This programme is intended for Doctors who have completed BST or equivalent and are enrolled on a higher training programme.

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.

Application Process Year 1 & Year 2

The application process for Year 1 funding for an approved Masters in Management and/or Leadership is a three step process. Each stage is outlined below.

Funding is automatically granted for Year 2 when applicants are successfully awarded a scholarship for Year 1.

Stage 1

  • Determine if you are eligible to apply by consulting the eligibility criteria.
  • Complete an application form and forward to NDTP.
  • The application process will open on Monday the 8th of February 2021 and close on Monday the 15th of March 2021.
  • After the closing date has passed NDTP will review applications received and contact applicants advising if they can proceed to stage 2 of the process

Stage 2

  • Should demand exceed the number of places on offer, applications will be considered and scholarships awarded to candidates by means of a selection panel.
  • A reserve list will be put in place should any successful applicants subsequently not accept their place.

Stage 3

  • Once approval has been received from NDTP you will then proceed to register with the university and pay your fee.
  • Confirmation / evidence of a place should be forwarded to NDTP by 30th August 2020 in order to secure your funding. NDTP will move to the reserve list and offer the place to the next candidate should this confirmation not be received. Deferrals will not be accepted.
  • Receipts for fees should be forwarded to NDTP.
  • NDTP will issue a refund of up to 60% of the cost through your current employer or alternatively pay the third level institution directly
  • 1Leadership and Leadership Development in Health Care: The Evidence Base, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management , The Kings Fund and Centre for Creative Leadership (February 2015)

Available Funding:

  • 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 annum.
  • Funding will be granted upon submission of a receipt in advance for the academic year. Any years in excess of 2 years will not be funded through this scheme. Alternatively funding can be paid directly to the third level institution.
  • Applications for funding in respect of a Masters programme completed retrospectively will not be considered.
  • An academic year will be funded once. Funding for repeat years will not be granted.
  • Funding will cover the cost of 60% of the university / institution fees only up to a maximum of €4,800 per annum. Any additional costs such as travel, subsistence, books, journals etc will not be covered.
  • Educational leave is a matter between the trainee and his/her employer.
  • Funding cannot be used in conjunction with other funding, e.g. SpR Higher Specialist Fund, Training Supports Scheme etc.
  • If the NCHD should withdraw from the Masters Programme NDTP will require funding to be recuperated 

List of approved courses:

  • Institute of Public Administration, Masters in Leadership and Strategy
  • Institute of Public Administration, Masters in Healthcare Management
  • RCSI, Masters in Health Management
  • RCSI, Masters in Leadership
  • Trinity College, MSc Health Service Management

Granting of Funding:

A selection panel may be formed to adjudicate this bursary. This panel will include an external representative.

The successful applicants must agree to participate in any publicity / promotional activity surrounding this programme. This may include a presentation ceremony in Dr Steeven’s Hospital, participation in an oral presentation upon completion of Masters, publication of scholarship information including names of successful participants on the NDTP / HSE website for examples

Overseas Training - Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship 2021/22DRSS Logo

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 centres 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.

Since the Scholarship was developed and established in 2007, fifty seven doctors have been awarded Scholarships and a further twenty three have been awarded bursaries under the programme.  A number of past recipients have since been appointed to consultant posts in Ireland.

After due consideration four Scholarships were awarded to the following outstanding candidates:

Dr Conor Judge, Specialist Registrar in Nephrology, will undertake a clinical fellowship in Nephrology and Home Dialysis Therapies in McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr Aisling Semple, an SpR in general paediatrics will undertake a clinical fellowship in Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) in The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.

Dr Mary Butler, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, will undertake a 6-month placement with the Department of Psychiatry and the Food and Mood Centre in Deakin University and Barwon Health, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Clíodhna Browne, Specialist Registrar in Urology, will undertake a clinical fellowship in urology in Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia from August 2021

Three Bursaries were also awarded:

Dr Mark Murphy, Specialist Registrar in Radiology, will undertake a nine month Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr Catriona Goggin, Medical Oncology SpR, will undertake a Clinical Research Fellowship in soft tissue sarcoma at the Sarcoma Unit of The Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

Dr Andrew Hughes, Specialist Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, has been appointed as the 2021 International Pelvic and Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellow at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, in Philadelphia.

A broad range of specialities is represented in this year’s intake to the Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarship and Bursary programme. The NTDP wishes all the participants every success in the coming year and looks forward to their valuable contribution to the care of HSE patients in the coming years.

The call for applications for the 2022 Scholarships will run from September 27th to November 2nd 2021. Please contact your Training Body for more information on the shortlisting process.

The applicants guide can be found here: Dr. Steeven's Scholarship 2022 Applicants' Guide.pdf (size 331.2 KB)