Fellowship (FFNMRCSI)

The Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery in RCSI is awarded to candidates in recognition of outstanding work and exceptional leadership in their profession. One of the most prestigious professional qualifications to be awarded to nurses and midwives, becoming a Fellow allows you to join an extensive professional network across the world and avail of numerous research and networking event opportunities.

Fellows of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI

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

  • Honorary Fellowship
  • Fellow Ad Eundem
  • Fellow by Election
  • Fellow by Examination

Honorary Fellowships, Fellowship Ad Eundem and Fellowship by Election 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. Click here for a complete list of the Faculty’s Honorary Fellows.

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Fellowship Brochure 2023-2024 PDF | 4477.8 KB

The Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery RCSI (FFNMRCSI) is exclusively offered by the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and is one of the most prestigious professional qualifications awarded to nurses and midwives.

The Fellowship is open to any nurse or midwife, from any jurisdiction and from any scope of practice – clinical, research, education, leadership/management – and from any clinical specialty, from primary to tertiary care and across the lifespan.

Overview to the Fellowship by Examination.

  • Applicants complete an online portfolio of evidence via the Faculty’s ePortfolio.
  • The portfolio enables the applicant to demonstrate how they have contributed and developed their capacity, competence and capability across the following domains:  autonomy, professional and clinical leadership, expertise and research.
  • The ePortfolio is reviewed by two Internal Examiners.
  • Applicants are invited to a viva voce (oral examination) where the ePortfolio of evidence is explored through a critical discussion between two examiners and the applicant, over a 40-minute interview (in person or virtually).
  • An External Examiner reviews all aspects of the process ensuring that standards and quality assurance processes are maintained.


Pass or fail.

Repeat assessment

If you are unsuccessful in the viva voce, 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 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. 

Applicants must possess a Master's degree in nursing, midwifery or related/applied field and be a registered nurse/ midwife with a minimum of five years’ experience.

If you don’t meet the eligibility for the Fellowship by Examination, you may be interested in our Membership Award (MFNMRCSI).

Applications for the 2023-2024 Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery are now open.

Application process:

Applications can be made via the Faculty’s CPD portfolio.

Please review this short video about how to navigate the CPD portfolio system before commencing an application. 

Review this short video

Please note:

  • You must submit the completed online application form including a brief up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • In the portfolio you should demonstrate your academic and professional activities that support the concepts of autonomy, professional and clinical leadership, expert practice, and research.
  • You must describe in career experiences how you have achieved each of these four competency areas.
  • You must include a signed declaration confirming that the information contained in your application is an accurate account and reflection of your professional development.

Applications will close on 17 April 2024. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. 

For more information, join one of our interactive webinar sessions from 12-1pm (Irish time) on the 10 January, 14 February  or 13 March using this link.

If you have any queries in relation to your application, email eimearfrew@rcsi.ie or pmahon@rcsi.com.

  • Examination fee: €250 – you will be able to make payment once you start the application process.

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.