Fellowship (FFNMRCSI)

Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery RCSI (FFNMRCSI) is awarded in three categories:

  • Honorary Fellowship
  • Fellow Ad Eundem
  • Fellow by Examination

Honorary Fellowships and Fellowship Ad Eundem are awarded to candidates in recognition of outstanding work and/or exceptional leadership in the profession of nursing/midwifery or a related science; those who have given significant service to the profession or to the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery; and those who have positively influenced and impacted on health and society. A complete list of the Faculty’s Honorary Fellows is available here. Download the brochure below to learn more.

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Fellowship by Examination

Fellowship by Examination is available to registered nurses and midwives with a minimum of five years' nursing experience, holding a Masters level qualification in nursing or midwifery or other relevant and related Masters qualification.

Fellowship by Examination 2021 dates

  • Portfolio submission date: Wednesday, 1 September 2021
  • Date of examination: Week commencing Monday, 6 September 2021
  • Notice of examination results: TBC

Join an interactive information session with Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney (Operations and Education Manager) and Ms Áine Halligan (Faculty Administrator) at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at the link below.

Join the session

To apply for Fellowship by Examination, you must submit the following:

  • Completed online application form (activation code: AF250227CA)
  • Portfolio of personal and professional activities
  • An up-to-date brief curriculum vitae
  • Examination fee: €250 – details on payment methods is available below under 'Fellowship fees'.

In recognition of nurses and midwives exceptional commitment, dedication and contribution to the delivery of care to patients, clients and service users during the pandemic, the Faculty is delighted to show our support by reducing the cost of Fellowship to €250 (normally €500). The Faculty appreciates your work, your professionalism and your expertise in these challenging and unprecedented times. Your work has never been more vital or more valued.

Portfolio requirements

Academic and professional activities may be included in the portfolio that supports the following concepts*:

  • Autonomy in nursing/midwifery
  • Professional and clinical leadership
  • Expert practitioner in the area of nursing/midwifery
  • Researcher

You should provide an analysis of each of the four concepts in the context of your area of nursing/midwifery practice. You must describe in career experiences, which demonstrate achievements related to each of the four concepts. Where appropriate, all in career experiences should be authenticated, supported and signed by an appropriate individual. It may be the case that that you will provide different sources of evidence of achievement, e.g. for the core concept ‘researcher’ you may submit an abstract of your dissertation and request your supervisor provide a statement of support.

At all times, you must reflect on your career and achievements to date.

The portfolio evidence may be developed using:

  • Research dissertation
  • Research projects
  • Published writings
  • Conference or other presentations given
  • Commissioned work
  • Media work
  • Policy development activities
  • Committee work
  • Any other work as deemed relevant to the core concepts.

The evidence should be applied in demonstrating each of the four concepts. Avoid attaching excessive appendices to the portfolio and only use the most recent examples. Each section should begin with a short introduction and summary.

Remember a portfolio generally reflects professional development over time.

You must include a signed declaration confirming that the information contained in the portfolio is an accurate account and reflection of your professional development.

If you require assistance with your application, please contact facnurse@rcsi.ie/+353 (1) 402 2202.

Please note

  • We are not in a position to photocopy portfolios after they have been submitted.
  • Portfolios cannot be returned.

* Reference: Framework for the establishment of Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Midwife Practitioner. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery

The examination element of your Fellowship application will take the form of a viva-voce.

Once you have completed the application process outlined above, a Fellowship Committee comprising of Fellows of the Faculty, will review all applications and portfolios and determine the applicants to proceed to examination/viva-voce. If you are not recommended to progress to examination you will be advised where your portfolio requires strengthening and resubmission.

The RCSI Exams Office will provide you with at least one month’s notice of the date and time of the viva-voce, which will be held in RCSI. Two examiners will undertake the viva-voce, which will take approximately 40 minutes.

A pass in the viva-voce will be awarded to applicants who satisfy the requirements for the award of Fellowship and in particular demonstrate:

  • Competence to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision-making in their own area of nursing/midwifery.
  • Provide evidence of continuing professional development related to their own area of nursing/midwifery.

Following approval by the Board of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, all applicants will be notified of the result. Successful applicants will also be sent details about their conferring ceremony.

Repeat assessment

If you are unsuccessful in the viva-voca, you will be notified of arrangements for re-application. A maximum of one re-application is permitted for the award of Fellowship.


If you wish to appeal a result, please do so in writing to the Exams Office of RCSI

Fellowship fees

To engage in the governance of the Board of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery – such as attend the AGM – to become a member and in order to be eligible to vote to elect candidates to the Board, Fellows must be in 'good standing'.

To be of good standing, Fellows – other than Honorary Fellows and Fellows by Election – are required to pay an annual subscription fee. Fees must be paid annually in January. Fellows are deemed to be in good standing for the first year following their conferring. 

The annual Fellowship fees are:

  • Employed Fellows: €50
  • Retired and Unemployed Fellows: €30

Payment methods

Fees can be paid via the following method:

Via secure electronic payment here.