Visiting academic opportunities

Senior international academics, clinicians, researchers or professionals interested in spending a sabbatical period in Ireland, are invited to consider the opportunities and resources available in RCSI.

This is an excellent opportunity to welcome visiting specialists from around the world. Our visiting academic schemes contribute to intellectual activity in RCSI, expand our opportunities for networking, build relationships internationally and have become a stimulus for further engagement such as joint research work, publications and reciprocal visits.

Obtaining a position as an RCSI visiting academic is available for a limited number of esteemed interested peers in academic and professional roles each year.

Fulbright Scholar

RCSI is an active participant in the prestigious Fulbright programme. A programme of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the purpose of the Fulbright programme is to 'increase mutual respect and understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange'.

The Fulbright programme is managed by the Fulbright Commission, which awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research or teach in the US and for Americans to do the same in Ireland

The RCSI award is part of the US Fulbright Scholar Awards in the category of Medicine Sciences/Education. The US Fulbright Scholar awards are grants for American citizens to undertake research or lecturing in Ireland over a period of two to 12 months. The RCSI award includes opportunities for collaboration with interested staff on the delivery of lectures in various areas of Health Professions Education, research, teaching at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level, workshops in the scholar’s area of expertise and discussion and development of research protocols.


Applications received from the US through the Council of International Exchanges of Scholars of the Fulbright Commission, are evaluated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI with the relevant Head of Academic Department or School. Successful candidates may be assigned to a Health Science or Clinical Science Department or the Health Professions Education Centre depending on the nature of the research and educational proposal. Please visit the Fulbright website to check eligibility and for more information.

Applications for the Awards are announced by the Fulbright Commission.