Fulbright Scholar Award

Medical Sciences/Education


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Higher Education Administrators and Executives
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2025 - March 2026
Award Length
3 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Medical Sciences
Public Health
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Ireland seeks and encourages the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all its grants.

Collaborate with staff on the delivery of specialist lectures on health professions education, pedagogy and/or research to Diploma course (average class size: 80, online) and/or medical education audience: 8-12 hours in total; Deliver faculty workshops in scholar’s area of education or research expertise in Health Profession/Medical Education, Simulation, or Professionalism. Collaborate with staff to discuss and develop research protocols.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

RCSI is a University of Medicine & Health Sciences - a single faculty institution focused on entry-level medical, pharmacy, physiotherapy and physician associate education, as well as postgraduate nursing, leadership and doctoral research degrees. Its research programmes are translational (bench to bedside to population). It is ranked joint second in the world (2021) in Times Higher UN SDG 3 (Good Health & Wellbeing). Founded in 1784 and based in Dublin, RCSI is now one of the world’s leading international medical schools. It has established campuses in Bahrain, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur and new partnerships in Soochow, China. RCSI is also Ireland's national surgery training organisation and delivers postgraduate training and education through its Faculties of Radiology, Nursing & Midwifery, Dentistry, Sports & Exercise Medicine, the School of Postgraduate Studies, Graduate School of Healthcare Management and the National Surgical Training Centre. At the centre of this unique mix of disciplines and levels of education, RCSI's Health Professions Education Centre coordinates significant upskilling and scholarly activity across the health professional lifecycle and is pleased to partner with international scholars and educators to further this work.  

Award Length and Period

3 months

Starting in September 2025 or January 2026 (Flexible)

Areas of Interest

Preferred specializations: Medical pedagogy, health professions education, translational research, simulation, professionalism

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Competitive applications will demonstrate clear alignment with host strategy, goals or new areas of mutual interest. Typically, a letter of invitation will express this adequately.

Professor Hannah McGee, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
Telephone: 00353-1-4022225
Email: hmcgee@rcsi.ie

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Qualification Information

Mid to later career experienced scholars, with PhD, EdD or higher specialist medical qualification.

Award Allowances

Maximum €3,800 per month (note that the stipend will be paid in euros and the approximate USD amount reflects the current exchange rate).

Applicants are not expected to seek cost-sharing from Host Institution during the application process. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually offers Irish institutions an opportunity to contribute to the Fulbright Program through cost-sharing. These arrangements allow the Commission to increase the number of awards available, and to maximize institutional involvement in the program. 

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Special Award Benefits

The Commission organizes a comprehensive orientation in Fall and Spring for U.S. Grantees in Ireland. 

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland seeks and encourages the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all its grants, and is particularly welcoming of applicants from under-represented institutions and ethnicities. Fulbright Alumni cite the following bonuses in coming to Ireland: English-speaking; very welcoming; family-friendly; safe; intellectually challenging in a good way; culturally rich and diverse; and accessible. Please see the Commission’s Coming to Ireland page and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page for more information and resources.

Ireland is a friendly, engaging and vibrant country with centuries of U.S. interaction as part of its DNA. With a highly educated workforce, competitive educational system and millennia of culture, it is a popular choice for U.S. Scholar and Student applicants. The Irish Commission is particularly welcoming of applicants from under-represented institutions, ethnicities, etc. See more here and at I am Fulbright.

Higher education in Ireland is provided by 13 universities, 12 Technological Universities, 2 Institutes of Technology, Colleges of Further Education and a number of specialist colleges in art, law, music, public administration and theology. There are also a significant number of well-funded research centres see here and culture & heritage host options.

Most Irish colleges operate on a two-semester academic year: September to December and January to May. A small number of colleges and departments retain three trimesters: October to December, January to March and April to June. Further information on higher education in Ireland can be found here.

Most higher education institutions are supported by the Irish government; for example, universities and institutes of technology receive more than 90 percent of their income from the state. The Irish government has invested 2.5 billion euro establishing advanced centers of research, and world-class research facilities and programs that are an attractive destination for international exchange visitors.

The Commission annually offers Irish institutions an opportunity to contribute to the Fulbright Program through a cost-sharing contribution to the Commission's award programs; these arrangements allow the Commission to increase the number of awards available and to maximize institutional involvement in the Program.

In each academic year, the Commission partners with Irish institutions who have agreed, in advance, to cost-share "Sponsored" awards for U.S. Scholars. In addition to the “All Disciplines” awards supported by the Commission, U.S. Scholar proposals within this category will also be considered for cost-sharing by Irish host institutions. 

Please contact the Fulbright Commission in Ireland via email at awards@fulbright.ie.

https://youtu.be/xoE3vxTTKm0 - Country Overview 

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