International opportunities

We can only achieve our goals with the support of our members.  We want UK and International members that are passionate about improving primary care and family medicine globally.


Discover European general practice through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

The RCGP is offering 38 funded places for UK AiTs (all years) and FIRST5s within 1 year CCT through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ grant to undertake a two-week long placement observing general practice in one of 10 European countries. Exchanges can take place between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2018. Countries offered include Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

Please see links for further guidance on Erasmus+ and information on Hippokrates exchanges .

To apply please complete the application form including an application statement (500 words maximum) outlining the reasons for applying, including your learning objectives and outcomes and your CV. Applications should be sent by email to

Doctors of the World

DOTW are looking for fully qualified UK based GPs with international experience, who are able to commit to between 3 weeks - 8 weeks from the beginning September to end October 2016.

The  Greek government has opened camps scattered throughout the country to house groups of stranded migrants. Volunteer GPs are needed for the provision of medical care within these camps. 
Camps host numbers from 900 up to a possible 4000 people. DOTW's medical units will meet the following needs; primary care, specialised care and mental health care provision. These services will be delivered from tents or various forms of mobile units (i.e.) a camper van, full medical bus or an adapted consultation truck.

To apply please submit an updated CV and a cover letter including specific availability information via this link: DOTW Volunteer GPs Greece

Application deadline: 11 September 2016

International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill Memorial Awards

These awards offer GPs and family doctors the opportunity to undertake projects or study outside of their home country and experience family medicine overseas to enhance their effectiveness, develop knowledge of best practice and make a difference at home and abroad. Any General Practitioner can apply for the awards (including RCGP members or non members and, UK residents and international GPs at any career stage.) Awards range from £200-£2000.

These awards can be used for:

  • International exchange or study to increase the quality of education and delivery of general practice or family medicine. 
  • Overseas travel from the UK to study aspects of health care relevant to general practice in the UK.
  • Overseas doctors to visit the UK to study an aspect of primary care relevant to their own country’s family medicine needs.
  • General practitioners from the UK to travel overseas and help other countries develop their primary health care systems.

Applications to the Autumn round will be accepted from 1 October 2016 - deadline 27 November 2016. When applying please review the guidelines and complete our application form. For further information contact: 

Previous ITS winners have been able to complete the following projects:  

Dr Keeley, Support for the development of Family Medicine training in Zimbabwe - read the report here [PDF] 

Dr Sturgiss, Developing skills as an academic general practitioner – research methods and teaching skills in the UK  - read the report here [PDF]

Dr Hill, Primary care in the Palani Hills, southern India - read the report here [PDF]

Dr Baskett, Delivering primary health care and healthcare education in rural Amazonia, Peru - read the report here [PDF]

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)


GP Trainees can gain a great deal from the opportunities provided by working/training in a developing country. The Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) gives GP trainees a unique opportunity to take a year out of training to work in a different setting which will enhance competencies, improve confidence and equip GP trainees to become future leaders with the profession.

Many deaneries are actively encouraging these either through Global Health Fellowships or through a range of one year quality assured posts in countries ranging from South Africa to Zambia and India (London Deanery).

Please see below for further details;

Global Health Fellowships 

London Deanery

and see past reports to get a first person perspective of OOPE participants;

South Africa


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