Global Health Fellowships Volunteer Programme (GHFVP)


All information on this page is correct as of August 2023

NHSE (formerly known as Health Education England) 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

Global Health fellows are supported by a small stipend from NHSE to cover travel and living expenses. Please refer to and read the FAQs below before submitting your claim.

Please see below for Guidance and FAQs

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this exciting and rewarding opportunity, you can apply for the GHFV 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

HEE Overseas Sponsorship

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

Reflections of a Global Health Fellowship

Please see below the reflections of some of the Global Health Fellowship Volunteers who have recently returned from a volunteer programme.

Reflections of a GHF Volunteer South Africa

Reflections of a GHF Volunteer Uganda

Reflections of a GHF Volunteer Sierra Leone

Global Health Fellowship coffee morning video

ProTalent Information

Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training Event

The Essential Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training is organised by NHSE (formerly known as Health Education England) Global Health Fellowship Volunteer Programme and Cambridge Global Health Partnerships.  This Pre-Deployment Course is designed for junior doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals planning to work or volunteer in a low-resource setting outside of the UK.

This training will be three consecutive days, 12 – 14 March 2024 with a hands-on surgical skills day included.  The first two days will be held at venue TBC and the final day at the Simulation Centre at Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s Hospital) on 14 March 2024.

Details of the programme and information on how to register for this exciting and informative event will be available in due course.


National Global Health Brochure

GHF Application Form 2023-24

GHF Reference Proforma 2023-24

NHSE Guidance for Trainees

Assure (formerly known as Selenity Expenses Guidance) and Self registration

Assure (Selenity) FAQs

GHF Leads contact information per Deanery

Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training Information

Global Health Fellowship (GHF) Case Studies

Trainee Experiences