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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.

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. 

When to apply

We will next open for applications to our International Clinical Fellowship Programme in March 2023. 

"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. If you want to understand the meaning of patient-centred care, just come here. There really is person-centred care and great doctor-patient communication, inside and outside the hospitals." 

Dr Abrar Jamal Al Waheed
Graduate of the International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Haematology, Saudi Arabia


Entry Requirements

In order to participate in ICFP, you must:

  • have completed your primary medical degree through English
  • have completed a structured internship (equivalent to ‘house officer’ in some jurisdictions)
  • have completed a four/five-year national residency programme and incorporated examinations (Saudi or Arab Board, or FRCPath Part 1 for Pathology Specialties)
  • have at least one year's experience post-residency training in your chosen specialty
  • be eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (Supervised Division)
  • be sponsored by your governament body (we do not accept self-sponsored candidates)
  • have an academic IELTS with an overall band score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four domains, or OET with a minimum score of B in all four domains*

* The entry requirement IELTS/OET score is not required to be eligible for interview but is mandatory to achieve as soon as possible once an offer on the programme is made. Our partners Castel Education offer individually tailored courses to help trainees achieve the mandatory score in a timely fashion ahead of their arrival to Ireland. Trainees are recommended to gain their IELTS or OET as soon as possible. Additional credit will be awarded at interview to candidates who present a valid IELTS or OET certificate at interview.

Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (i.e. doctors who have achieved MRCPI) and doctors with IELTS or OET are given priority. If you are interested in taking the MRCPI in General Internal Medicine or Paediatrics please note that holders of the full Arab/Omani/Saudi Board are exempt from MRCPI Part I. Priority will also be given to candidates who hold MRCPUK.

In addition to the general entry requirements listed above, certain specialties have additional specific requirements outlined in the relevant ICFP curriculum in the "Available Courses" section below.


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.

“I have chosen the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland because I know there are plenty of places that offer fellowship, but RCPI is well a known prestigious institution. I thought it would be an honour to have a fellowship certificate.”

Dr Nahed Seddiq
Graduate of the International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Infectious diseases, Bahrain


English Language Requirements

Doctors applying to our International Clinical Fellowship Programmes must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall bandscore of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four domains. The IELTS test taken must be 'Academic' and must have been completed within the last two years. The OET exam is also accepted with a minimum grade of B required. Unfortunately, the Medical Council of Ireland does not accept any other certificate (for example, TOEFL).

You will be assessed for communication skills and clinical competence at interview and must be deemed competent in these areas before you can be accepted onto the programme.


Available Programmes


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

“I found RCPI training very strong. For me, the continuous development and structured path for each Fellow in each subspecialty, were its strongest points.RCPI staff, as well as my mentors and colleagues, were always supportive and professional. This helped with the challenges of overcoming a new environment.”

Dr Khalid Al Alawi
Graduate of the International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Paediatric Cardiology, Oman


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Sinead Lucey

Head of Business Development

Diana Santos

Executive, Business Development

Donna Wrightson

Programme Coordinator, Global Training Partnerships


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