Global Health Fellowships Volunteer Programme (GHFVP)

Global Health Fellowships Volunteer Programme (GHFVP)


Health Education England’s Global Health Fellowship Volunteer Programme is open to all doctors in speciality training for General Practice, Paediatrics and ACCS in English deaneries. The aim of the programme is to make a contribution to the improvement of health outcomes in rural and resource-poor communities. Global Health fellows will have the opportunity to use their specialty skills, for example in anaesthesia, childcare and family medicine. They will also have the opportunity to work with international colleagues, supporting their personal and professional development as both individuals and doctors. This includes leadership, teamwork, decision-making and resilience, along with enhanced clinical skills they will bring to the NHS on their return. Doctors are normally recruited during ST/CT 1 or 2 and deployed at ST/CT 3 level for 4-6 months to low resource medical facilities in:

  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Please see here the reflections of one of the Global Health Fellowship Volunteers who has recently returned from a volunteer programme in South Africa: Reflections of a GHF Volunteer

Global Health fellows are supported by a small stipend from HEE to cover essential living expenses such as accommodation, food, internet, and travel. Please refer to and read the FAQs for more information on finance.


Eligibility criteria are:  

  • Employed in an HEE Training Programme in one of the following specialites: General Practice, ACCS Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Approved by their Educational Supervisor
  • Approved by the GHF Deanery Lead
  • Must be on track to complete required examinations and working to the level required of their training programme.
How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this exciting and rewarding opportunity, you can apply for the GHF Programme by downloading the National Application form below or via the Global Health Lead based in English deaneries. A recruitment letter will be circulated by each deanery’s Global Health Lead. For more information, please email paulacain [at] nhs.nethilary.foster [at] or trina.braddick [at]

Please refer to the National Sponsorship Team for guidance if you are currently working on a visa.