Available scholarships and fellowships

Leadership and Management 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 aim 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 2 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 1 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.

Applications for 2024 will open on Monday, 12th of February 2024 and will close on Monday, 25th March 2024. 

The applicant's guide can be found here: L&M-Scholarship---Guidance-Document-2024.pdf (size 851.1 KB)

If you are applying for Year 1 of a 2 Year Masters Programme, please fill out this form 2024-application-form-year-1.docx (size 60.6 KB).

If you are applying for Year 2 funding only and were not in receipt of Year 1 funding previously, please fill out this form Year 2 New Applicant (size 60.9 KB).

Those Doctors who are already in receipt of this scholarship for Year 1, will be contacted directly regarding progressing into Year 2.

For more information about the Scholarship, please contact Mary O’Brien and Emma Scannell at doctors@hse.ie.

Overseas Training - Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship DRSS Logo

The Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship is awarded annually to Specialist/Senior Registrars with strong records of accomplishment and excellence. 

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, 61 doctors have been awarded Scholarships and a further 24 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 in 2022 to the following outstanding candidates:

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

  • Dr Jessie Elliot, SpR in Surgery, will undertake a fellowship in Robotic Oesophagogastric Cancer Surgery based in University Medical Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Dr Caitriona Gallagher, SpR in Dermatology, will undertake a fellowship in Paediatric Dermatology based in St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, England.
  • Dr Oisín Hannigan, Geriatric Medicine will undertake a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine based in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr Naoimh O'Farrell, Histopathology will undertake a fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology based in Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada.

In addition to the prestigious and highly competitive Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarships the NDTP HSE has also awarded one Bursary in 2023:

  • Dr Lydia Healy, SpR in Paediatrics, will undertake a fellowship in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine based in SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Canada.

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.

Applications for the 2024 scholarships is now open and will close on the 6th of November. 

Applicants must apply through their recognised Postgraduate Medical Training Body. Please refer to the Applicants Guide for information on the application process to the relevant Postgraduate Medical Training Body.