Global Health Fellowships Volunteer Programme (GHFVP)


All information on this page is correct as of October 2022

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

Global Health fellows are supported by a small stipend from HEE 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 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

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 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 Fellowship coffee morning video

ProTalent Information

Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training Event

The Essential Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training is organised by Health Education England’s 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 two and a half consecutive days with a hands-on surgical skills day included.  The first day and a half will be held at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University on 21 and 22 March 2023 and the final day at the Simulation Centre at Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s Hospital) on 23 March 2023.

Please download this document, for details of the programme and information on how to register for this exciting and informative event.


National Global Health Brochure

GHF Application Form 2023-24

Health Education England Guidance for Trainees

Selenity Expenses Guidance and Self registration

Selenity FAQs

GHF Leads contact information per Deanery

Global Health Fellowship Pre-Deployment Training Information

Global Health Fellowship (GHF) Case Studies

Trainee Experiences