Post CSCST Fellowship Training

Doctor in neonatal unit

Subspecialist training for doctors who have completed RCPI Higher Specialist Training programmes

Post CSCST Fellowships are designed for doctors who need to acquire additional training or experience which was not available on their Higher Specialist Training programme, and which may be required for a consultant post (e.g. Stroke Medicine).

RCPI in association with the HSE has established a register of approved Post-CSCST Fellowship posts in the Irish health service.

These Fellowships offer training opportunities for doctors who are within two years of completing their HST programme and obtaining a CSCST.

The additional training is designed to expose you to subspecialties and advanced clinical skills.

Obstetrics and Gynecology.

What is a Fellowship Post?

A fellowship post is a 12-month period of additional training, beyond that available during Higher Specialist Training.

The post will offer

  • A structured educational experience designed to deliver the requirements of a particular subspecialty which are not readily available within HST
  • A supervisor with authority and accountability for the fellowship post
  • Opportunities for audit and research
  • An enhanced salary

Where appropriate, the post will fulfil training body requirements and HSE employment requirements for consultant posts.

All posts are recruited, evaluated and approved by the appropriate training body.

Please note, these hospital funded posts will most likely be created by the conversion of existing SpR or non-training posts. We are unable to guarantee availability of posts on an annual basis as approval is only ever valid for 12 months. Fellowship posts will not necessarily be occupied each year.

Training bodies are supported and funded by HSE NDTP.

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the RCPI Higher Specialist Training programme within the last two years. So, if you would like to take up a Fellowship post in July 2021, you must have completed HST in July 2019 or later.

Fellowships Currently Open for Application

Covid Era Post CSCST Fellowships

The Institute of Medicine is currently accepting applications for 10 Post CSCST Fellowships for July 2021, funded through the HSE NDTP. These are listed below. Interested applicants should email their CV to before the closing date of 16th March 2021. 

Title of the Fellowship Training Body Speciality Clinical Site Clinical Lead
Fellowship in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Palliative Medicine Institute of Medicine Palliative Care DUBLIN - Children’s Health Ireland(CHI), Dublin encompassing Crumlin, Temple street, Tallaght and Connolly hospitals. Dr Marie Twomey
Post COVID 19 Irish Respiratory Fellowship Institute of Medicine Respiratory Medicine DUBLIN - Connolly Hospital , Blanchardstown Prof John Faul
Learning from COVID: Respiratory - Rheumatology Cross-Speciality Fellowship Institute of Medicine Respiratory Medicine DUBLIN - Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology Dr Kate O'Reilly & Dr John Stack
Covid-19 and Neurological Complications with an emphasis on Post Covid Institute of Medicine Neurology DUBLIN - St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dr Justin Kinsella
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Rheumatology Institute of Medicine Rheumatology DUBLIN - Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) Prof David Kane
Fellowship in Neuropalliative Care Institute of Medicine Neurology/Palliative Medicine DUBLIN - Tallaght Univeristy Hospita (TUH); St. James' Hospital (SJH); Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross Dr Sean O'Dowd & Dr Stephen Higgins
Advanced Lung Failure and Transplantation Fellowship Institute of Medicine Respiratory Medicine DUBLIN - Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin Dr Michelle Murray
Fellowship in Oncogeriatrics Institute of Medicine Geriatric Medicine DUBLIN - St James Hospital Dr Amanda Lavan, Prof Conal Cunningham, Dr Robert Briggs
Palliative Care in Dementia Institute of Medicine Palliative Care/Geriatric Medici DUBLIN - Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and St James’s Hospital Dr Róisín Purcell
Joint Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Infection Prevention Fellowship Institute of Medicine Gastroenterology GALWAY - Galway University Hospitals and the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, NUI Galway Prof Laurence Egan


Training the Next Generation in Precision Oncology

RCPI & HSE NDTP are now seeking applications from suitable candidates for the following Aspire Fellowship- Training the Next Generation in Precision Oncology.

  • Post: Cork University Hospital and University College Cork
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Commencing: July 2021
  • Role: Clinical/translational cancer research fellowship Eligibility: Available to doctors who have obtained CSCST within the last three years or have an expected CSCST in July 2020.

Doctors eligible to be appointed into the NDTP Aspire fellowships must have completed their HST training within an Irish Postgraduate Training Body.

Fellowship Details

The ASPIRE fellowships are a programme of highly prestigious fully funded post-CSCST Fellowship training opportunities that provide a candidate with a structured certifiable educational experience.

Primary Lead/ Assigned Supervisor: Professor Roisin Connolly
Cork University Hospital/University College Cork

Goal of Fellowship The NDTP Aspire post-CSCST Fellowship in Precision Oncology in CUH and UCC is a two-year training programme in clinical investigation. This two-year time frame will optimize the training experience, allowing the Fellow to bring concepts from inception to completion, experiencing the full spectrum of clinical/translational research all the way to presentation and publication. The two-year Fellowship will also facilitate a structured certifiable educational experience such as an MD in Clinical Medicine.

The successful Fellow will receive hands on experience in the development of clinical/translational protocols, enrolment, and care of patients on clinical trials. All training will be supervised and supported by clinical investigators in CUH and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Cork.

Applications Timeframe:

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 12 March 2021 and interviews will be held on Tuesday, 16 March 2021. To apply, interested candidates must submit the following to Maeli Santos RCPI at (

  1. 1. An up to date Curriculum Vitae
  2. 2. Statement of interest
  3. 3. Confirmation of CSCST date

For further details please click here or contact Professor Roisin Connolly (

Post CSCST Fellowship Subspecialty areas

We are continuing to identify suitable Post-CSCST Fellowship opportunities in Ireland.

Sample Fellowship posts in the following subspecialty areas:

Internal Medicine


Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Doctors on ward

What are the steps required for a Post CSCST Fellowship to be approved?

1,  Post CSCST Fellowships can be identified by the National Specialty Director or an approved trainer in the specialty.

2,  Written confirmation is required from the hospital where the post is located of a guarantee of the salary for the Post CSCST Fellowship prior to seeking approval from HSE NDTP or development of a curriculum. The Post CSCST salaries are set at the 7th or highest point of the SpR scale.

3,  A Clinical Lead is appointed by the NSD/Specialty Training Committee.

4,  The Lead will work with the Education team in RCPI to develop an overview of the Post CSCST Fellowship (for approval from HSE NDTP) and curriculum for the Post CSCST Fellowship.

5,  The Post CSCST Fellowship and curriculum must be agreed and approved by the Specialty Training Committee.

6,  When a suitable post arises (vacant SpR/Reg/Locum post) a HSE Approval Application Form and supporting documentation is completed by the appointed Clinical Lead. RCPI will then submit this to the HSE NDTP for approval.

7,  Once approval is confirmed from HSE NDTP, the post is advertised, and interviews are held to appoint the fellow.

8,  A Register of approved Post CSCST Fellowships will be listed on the RCPI website.

9,  Appointed Fellow is treated the same way as a Trainee on the SpR programme, they will record their training, complete an end of year evaluation and receive a certificate of completion.

Please note

  • Doctors eligible to be appointed into a Post CSCST Fellowship must have completed their HST training through an RCPI training programme.
  • Post CSCST fellowships are ordinarily for one year however they can be split over two years (50% training per year) and should ordinarily start in line with the HST SpRs (July – July)
  • Training is ordinarily in the one location however there may be an option to split training over two or three sites with prior approval from each site & the HSE NDTP

HSE Aspire Fellowships

The NDTP Aspire (Post CSCST) Fellowship awards have resulted from the collaborative efforts of HSE’s Acute Hospitals’ Division, Mental Health Division, National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) and the Post-Graduate Medical Training Bodies in Ireland. The NDTP Aspire Post CSCST Fellowships are Fellowships funded by NDTP and recognised through the training body.  

 Successful Aspire Fellows receive:

  • SpR salary for the duration of the fellowship; 
  • Eligibility to access the Higher Specialist Training Fund during the fellowship; 
  • Formal recognition of achievement following completion of the fellowship from the relevant Irish Post Graduate Medical Education Body/Bodies; 
  • A high-quality fellowship experience in Ireland that will improve competitiveness for Consultant positions within Ireland.

Aspire applications open each Autumn, information and the application process will be communicated via the Training bodies. Further information can be found here.

Recent Aspire Fellowships:

  • Endocrinology - Obesity
  • Medical Oncology - Adolescent and Young Adult Medical Oncology
  • Neurology – Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Paediatric - Neonatal Echocardiography
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology- Early Pregnancy Management
  • Haematology - Geriatric Assessments & Haematological Malignancies

Contact Us

Higher Specialist Training

Cathie Kearns

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: + 353 1 863 9753

Contact Cathie for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Endocrinology & DM
  • Gastroenterology
  • Clinical Genetics
  Contact Cathie for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Mater Hub)

Claire Doyle

Programme and Faculty Coordinator, Public Health Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 8639 714

Contact Claire for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Public Health Medicine
  • Occupational Health Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Katerina Prazakova

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9796

Contact Katerina for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • General Internal Medicine
  Contact Katerina for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (South Hub)
  • General Internal Medicine (South-East Hub)

Lauren Kerchner, HST

Programme Coordinator, Pathology Basic & Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • Histopathology

Maeli Santos

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9626

Contact Mae for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Nephrology
  • Medical Oncology
  Contact Mae for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Beaumont/Connolly Hub)

Melana Martel

Medical Training Coordinator

Tel: +353 1 8639 613

Melana is the Medical Training Coordinator in the Faculty of Paediatrics.

Sandra Keeping

Faculty and Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 8639 716

Contact Sandra for information regarding the Institute of Medicine and for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine