Thank you for your interest in the APFP. Applications to train with us at UCT are open all year round. If you would like to apply for one of our specialist or sub-specialist programmes, please refer to the steps outlined below. If you have any questions, or want to find out more about the application process and our fellowship programmes, please email

To reduce the number of ineligible applications we receive, we kindly ask that you take the time to review the criteria once more.

To apply for the APFP at UCT, you must be…

  • An African citizen.

  • A medical doctor or allied health professional

  • Applying for a programme of study that is not available in your home country

  • Nominated for training by appropriate leadership within your home institution

  • Affiliated with a University Teaching/Government/Public Hospital in Africa

  • Requesting to study a specialty or sub-specialty appropriate to your nominating centre

  • Granted a leave of absence by your referring institution and guaranteed employment on return

  • Able to prove an intention to return home upon completion of training

  • Proficient in the English language at the level required by UCT.

In addition to the above, we are looking for fellows who can demonstrate a passion and commitment to the evolution of specialist child healthcare services at home and across the continent.


If you are satisfied you meet our eligibility criteria, you will need the following information to support your application:

Don’t forget to include:

  1. A personal motivation letter including information about the healthcare situation in your country and/or region, how training with the APFP would help meet the needs of your current centre, and details on any specific skills you would like to acquire.

  2. A letter of support from your Head of Department or local APFP programme or sub-specialty lead explaining the need for additional capacity, the reasons behind candidate selection, and plans for your return.

  3. A named home supervisor who will support you during your fellowship in South Africa and on your return home. Supervisors will receive regular assessments of your progress and may be your Head of Department, or another experienced clinical academic in your chosen field.

  4. Proof of English language proficiency if it is not your first, home or schooling language. Details as to the required level and evidence are available here.

  5. A letter of reference (optional but recommended) from a selected supervisor or colleague

  • A photocopy of your passport photo page
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • A copy of degree certificates and transcripts.

Follow the link below to prepare and submit your application to the APFP at UCT.



More information on the courses available through our partner sites at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and Witwatersrand can be found on each institution’s own website. If you are a nurse looking for specialist training in paediatric care, check out our sister programme, the Harry Crossley Children’s Nurse Development Unit.