General Quality Improvement Fellowships


These were formerly known as ‘Improving Global Health through Leadership Development – ‘’IGHLD’’ or ‘’IGH’’ Fellowships.  

Our General QI Fellowships are all six months long and are spent living and working in the country to which fellows are allocated. These Fellowships cover a range of project topics which are defined by overseas partners and local health system needs.

We currently run our QI Fellowships at the following sites. Please note, these are subject to change and confirmation can be provided by the NHS Global Fellowships team in the event of any changes:

  • George, Western Cape, South Africa
  • East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Kerala, India*
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Pasig City, Philippines
  • Mapoteng, Lesotho
  • Kampala & Gombe, Uganda
  • Kingstown, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines*
  • Myanmar (virtual)

*Our Fellowship in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines are ring fenced for employees of Leeds Teaching Hospital Trusts only, and our Fellowship in India are ring fenced for employees of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS employees across England, both clinical and non-clinical, are eligible to apply for a General QI Fellowship and whilst it is considered desirable for applicants to have knowledge and experience in QI methodology, it is not essential. 

The NHS Global Fellowship programme is committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to delivering a programme where all belong. We therefore encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in NHS leadership development programmes. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, people living with disability, LGBTQI+ people, and women.

Also, given the global nature of our programme, we particularly encourage applications from individuals who have heritage in the countries we partner with.

For more information on General QI Fellowships, please review the FAQs for NHS Global Fellowships.