Apply now for a 2020 Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarship

An opportunity to train abroad 

Apply by 4 November 2019

Funded by the HSE, the Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarship gives Irish SpRs an opportunity to train abroad in subspecialties and specialised skills for which training in the Republic of Ireland is limited or unavailable.

The scholarship is designed to support training in novel areas of medicine that will enrich the Irish health service. Winners of the scholarship receive funding from the HSE equivalent to their current point on the SpR salary scale. The minimum period funded is three months, the maximum is one year.

The scholarship is open to SpRs who are within two years of CSCST.

If you win a scholarship, you must complete the period of funded training within the duration of your HST programme and prior to the award of a CSCST.

How to apply

You must apply through your training body by 4 November 2018. There are six training bodies in RCPI:

What to submit

  • Completed Applicant’s Coversheet (typed – not hand-written)
  • A letter outlining the rationale for applying, the specific skills / training that will be obtained, the learning objectives, novelty of the area and details of how the skills obtained will be utilised on return to Ireland
  • Written confirmation from the proposed clinical supervisor / host institution confirming that a placement will be facilitated and confirming what (if any) bursary/funding is available from the host institution or any other source
  • Curriculum vitae, outlining all outstanding clinical and academic achievements to date

Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship Applicant's Guide

Before you apply, please read the HSE's Applicant’s Guide for more information about the scholarship and how it is awarded

Applicant's Coversheet

Please include a completed copy of this coversheet with your application - It must be typed, not hand-written.

A Word document will download onto your computer/phone when you click on the link.

How candidates are selected

Applications for the scholarship are submitted to the relevant Training Body, which will consider each application under the criteria listed below. Each Training Body can shortlist a maximum of four applicants. 

When considering the applications received, Training Bodies will take into consideration

  • The track record and future potential of the candidate
  • The proposed area of training and whether such training is or is not available in Ireland
  • The proposed area of training and whether gaps exist in the Irish health service
  • The suitability of the host institution
  • The proposed area of training and the HSE list of relevant topics in the Applicants' Guide

Higher Specialist Training

Ciara Buckley

Senior Operations Manager, Training and Faculties Office

Tel: +353 1 863 9757

Ciara manages the Training and Faculties Office at RCPI.


Cathie Kearns

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: + 353 1 863 9753

Contact Cathie for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine


Jack O'Flanagan

Team Lead, Higher Specialist Training in General Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9715


Katerina Prazakova

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9796

Contact Katerina for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Genito-Urinary Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology


Lauren Kerchner, HST

Coordinator, Pathology Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
  • Neuropathology


Sandra Keeping

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 863 9716

Contact Sandra for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine