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.

1 X International Development Adviser - Kuwait

RCGP International run a number of educational development programmes overseas, including Training the Trainers courses and the MRCGP[INT] programme. There is currently one opportunity available.We are seeking to appoint one International Development Adviser (IDA) to support the development of the Family Medicine residency training programme at the Kuwait Institute of Medical Specializations.

For more information see: Guidance


If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit an up-to-date CV with a brief covering letter (250 word max.) outlining how you meet the above requirements of the role. Please submit a single consolidated document.

Deadline for application: 9am on Wednesday 24 January 2018

Please email all applications to marked "Kuwait IDA Application" in the subject line.


Interviews will be confirmed with shortlisted candidates separately. Interviews expected week beginning 29 January 2018.


Please note the appointed IDA is expected to undertake travel to Kuwait 11 - 17 March 2018 and again October 2018 (dates TBC)

International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill Memorial Awards

GP with patientsThese awards offer GPs and family doctors the opportunity to undertake projects or study outside of their home country. Successful participants experience family medicine overseas in order 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.

Please review the guidelines [PDF] before applying.


Please submit completed application form [Word] as one document.

Deadline for Application: The Autumn 2017 round has now been closed. The Spring round will open in April 2018. Deadlines will be communicated closer to the date.

Please email all applications to marked "International Travel Scholarship Application" in the subject line.


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 [Word]  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

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).

Further information

See past reports to get a first person perspective of OOPE participants:

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