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 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. Click here for complete list of the Faculty’s Honorary Fellows. Download the brochure below to learn more.

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.

  • 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.

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 2022 are now closed. We will begin accepting applications for 2023 in due course

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

  • Completed online application form, including:
    • A brief, up-to-date curriculum vitae
    • An ePortfolio demonstrating how you have contributed and developed your capacity, competence and capability across the following domains: autonomy, leadership, expertise and research 

Portfolio requirements

Academic and professional activities that support the following concepts may be included in the ePortfolio:

  • 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.

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 Catherine Clune Mulvaney at ccmulvaney@rcsi.com or (01) 402 5172.

  • 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.