Training fellowships

UHS offers a range of training fellowships offering opportunities suited to those following a more unconventional training pathway. They are particularly suitable for doctors who have trained overseas and are looking for a safe and supportive environment in a centre of excellence in which to orientate themselves into the NHS way of working.

Use the links below to jump straight to what you're looking for:

Foundation fellowships

For candidates with up to two years' postgraduate experience

The foundation fellowship is aimed at recent medical graduates and is made up of four six-month placements. If you have recently qualified overseas and are eligible for GMC registration, our two-year foundation fellowship is likely to suit you best. We find that being at UHS for two years offers you the best chance to feel confident that your training and performance is at the level the UK foundation programme expects. Our aim is to get to know and support you so that you can achieve F2 sign-off in order for you to go on to apply for UK training posts. We have an excellent success rate in achieving this.

We currently offer posts in:

  • trauma and orthopaedics
  • medicine for older people
  • specialist medicine (such as gastrointestinal or respiratory)
  • surgery (such as general and hepatobiliary)
  • cancer care (such as medical and clinical oncology and haematology)
  • emergency medicine.

All trainees will have a supervisor for each placement and specialty teaching on the wards.

Core fellowships

For candidates with two to four years' postgraduate experience

Our core fellowships are two-year programmes in core level (senior house officer) posts, enabling you to prepare for specialty applications or access research fellowship opportunities here at UHS or the University of Southampton. The core fellowship is aimed at doctors who have already completed their foundation (house officer) jobs and are looking to specialise further. We offer paediatric, medical and surgical core fellowships consisting of four six-month placements in a variety of specialised areas. All core fellowship trainees will have access to an online portfolio and will have supervision within each post.

We currently offer core fellowship placements in:


  • Medicine for older people
  • Orthogeriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiology
  • Acute medical unit
  • Emergency medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cystic fibrosis


  • Neurosurgery
  • Acute surgery
  • Surgical high dependency unit
  • General surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Trauma and orthopaedics
  • Ear, nose and throat


  • Neonatal medicine
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Specialist paediatrics

Specialty senior fellowships

For candidates with more than five years' postgraduate experience

Our specialty senior fellowships are for experienced doctors who are ready to gain further experience in a specialty area. We welcome approaches, either via the Royal College's Medical Training Initiative (MTI) schemes or by individual doctors wishing to work in a specialty team. Please contact us to find out which posts are available.

CCT/CESR fellowships

We have post CCT fellowships in many areas where you can sub-specialise prior to applying for a substantive consultant post. Please contact us for more information.

Before you apply

Please note you will need GMC registration to work at UHS - for many doctors this will mean gaining PLAB and IELTs. Please see the websites below for information about these tests.

Contact us

For more information about our fellowships and how to apply, please contact the medical education office via or on +44 (0)23 8120 4951.