Study Subject: Medicine
Scholarship Level: Postgraduate, Fellowship
Scholarship Provider: RCP
Scholarships can be taken at: UK
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) operates an international sponsorship scheme (ISS) through which we are able to sponsor well-qualified and highly recommended doctors, who wish to undertake training in the UK, for General Medical Council (GMC) registration. Those accepted onto the scheme will be made an offer of sponsorship in support of an application for full registration with the GMC. Applicants and consultant physicians should read through our downloadable guides for more information on the scheme.
Key points about the international sponsorship scheme
The RCP considers that the main round to UK registration for vast majority of IMGs remains the PLAB test.
The ISS does not include financial support for candidates. It is only intended for those who have a firm commitment to return to their home country to practice at the end of the sponsored period. All correspondence must be made through letter or email and not in person. The RCP reserves the right to change the entry criteria in the future. Applications should be made as far in advance of the expected start date for the post as possible. It is estimated that applications will take 3–6 months to process.
Tier 5 support
Doctors, who already have GMC registration and only require Tier 5 support, will go through the same application process as outlined in the guide with the exception of Step 3.
Clinical oncologists are also able to apply for both the ISS and Tier 5 support under a scheme administered by the RCP on behalf of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). All applications must be confirmed by the RCR as suitable for sponsorship.
Visit the Royal College of Radiologists website for further information.
Once the RCR has approved the sponsorship, the application process is similar to that for physicians. Please see the quick guides for more information on the application process.
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
London NW1 4LE
Tel: +44 (0)20 3075 1304
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