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International Clinical Fellowship Programme



Are you an ambitious doctor seeking advanced training in your specialty?

RCPI's International Clinical Fellowship Programme (ICFP) offers clinical training to international doctors who are sponsored by their government, hospital or national training body. The International Clinical Fellowship Programme is completed under the guidance of leading consultant trainers in accredited hospitals across Ireland.

We offer Fellowship training in the following specialties:

  • General Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Public Health Medicine

The ICFP offers a unique opportunity to develop professionally as a doctor and learn advanced skills that will be especially beneficial for the health service in your home country.

The programme is offered over two to three years of clinical training, after which you are required to return to your country of origin. 


Apply for the International Clinical Fellowship Programme

How to Apply

Applications for ICFP are now closed and will open on 20 March 2024 for the 2025 intake.

For more information contact the Global Training and Partnerships Team at

Available Programmes


Programme requirements


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Do you have questions you would like to ask a doctor who is currently training in Ireland on one of our programmes? You can chat with our doctors or with a member of our staff.

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Read what our Trainees say about the programme


"A dream come true"

"Being a Trainee with RCPI was a dream come true for me. One of the most important things I learned from being a Trainee in Ireland is how to improve doctor-patient communication. ...

Dr Abrar Jamal Al Waheed, Graduate of RCPI's International Clinical Fellowship Programme

“The Irish training system is very strong."

“The Irish training system is very strong. The senior doctors are experts in their specialty. ...

Dr Yousef Alammari, Graduate of RCPI's International Clinical Fellowship Programme

"The move to Ireland was made easier with the help of RCPI"

“The move to Ireland was a dream for me. I was so nervous in the beginning because I didn’t know what I would face. ...

Dr Dalal Ali  Graduate, International Clinical Fellowship Programme

Train with Leading Consultants

The ICFP is completed under the guidance of leading consultant trainers in accredited hospitals across Ireland. There is an emphasis on acquiring expertise in techniques and subspecialties for which there is limited, or no, training in your home country.

The programme has been developed in conjunction with postgraduate medical training bodies in Ireland with the support of the Health Service Executive National Doctors Training and Planning (HSE NDTP).

On completion of the ICFP, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Clinical Fellowship Training in your chosen specialty by RCPI.


Why choose Ireland

Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes in a safe, English speaking country on the western edge of Europe. Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world ranking 8th on the Global Peace Index in 2021.

Ireland can be easily accessed by air travel from anywhere in the world and has excellent links throughout Europe. As a small nation, we provide a welcoming and friendly community alongside an extensive global and national network within the healthcare community.

Ireland is considered one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world and Irish culture is known for its welcome and acceptance of people from different backgrounds. Ireland has a strong sense of culture and history, but you will also find a diverse mix of cultures and ethnic groups throughout the country.

The Irish landscape is recognised globally for its beauty and is often known as the “Emerald Isle” due to Ireland’s Ancient East, Hidden Heartlands and the Wild Atlantic Way. The historic beauty of our country has captivated audiences around the world.

We are entrepreneurial as a nation, looking to find new solutions to problems that were once seen as intractable, which is evident in our postgraduate medical training.

Ireland has an international reputation for delivering quality Educational Programmes, especially in the medical field. There are over 35,000 international students from 161 countries studying in Ireland.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report Index 2020 found Ireland to have the second highest quality of life in the world, ranking number two of 189 countries.


Supporting Your Move to Ireland

We know that moving to another country to undertake medical training involves a lot of preparation and paperwork. We are committed to making sure that each doctor coming to Ireland will enjoy as smooth a transition as possible to our training programmes.

Castel Education, an agency that specialises in supporting individuals and families coming to Ireland, is our chosen partner to provide a range of services for doctors and their families, such as:

  • Visa and immigration assistance, including liaison with the relevant Irish embassy
  • Facilitating registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • Travel arrangements
  • Airport collection in Ireland
  • Identifying suitable accommodation options, arranging viewings and lease review
  • Identifying suitable education and childcare options
  • Establishing banking and mobile phone accounts
  • Emergency telephone support

Access a full list of Castel's support services


Do you want learn more about our Fellowship Programme? Register your interest here


Meet the Team

Sinead Lucey

Head of Business Development

Cliodhna Martin

Global Training and Partnerships Manager

Diana Santos

Executive, Business Development

Donna Wrightson

Programme Coordinator, Global Training Partnerships


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