When you join the APFP at UCT, you are taking the first step on a journey to affect real change for the health of Africa’s children. As a fellow, you will join the clinical team at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital or another centre affiliated with the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. From day one, you will be fully involved in the day-to-day delivery of patient care and a key member of the hospital’s multi-disciplinary clinical team.

Whilst the content, form and rotations for each (sub)specialty will vary, you will be assigned a clinical and research supervisor, and will learn through a combination of hands-on teaching, clinical supervision, ward rounds, supervisory meetings and case review. Through this process, you will be taught cutting-edge, ‘gold standard’ interventions, while at the same time learning how to adapt procedures and protocol to the realities of a resource-limited setting. You will also be invited to join different learning initiatives as and when they arise – academic journal clubs, varied short courses, conferences and training workshops.


Your learning is our priority. We are committed to delivering a unique and holistic training opportunity that builds the clinical, research, education and leadership skills you will need to meet both personal goals, and to advance those of your home centre and country. As part of this, all trainees are required to complete a reflective essay to help them think more broadly about their role before and after the APFP. MMed and Mphil students will also be required to undertake a piece of independent research, with all courses assessed through either the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa or UCT.

Specialty options

The APFP at UCT offers medical (MMed/MPhil/PGDip) and rehabilitative (PGDip) specialty options as well as tailored short courses and programmes. More information on the courses available through our partner sites at University of Kwazulu-Natal and Witwatersrand can be found on each institution’s own website.

Check our full list of specialty options.

Eligibility criteria

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 subspecialty appropriate to your nominating centre

  • Granted a leave of absence by your home 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. 


About more than clinical skills,  APFP alumni are at the heart of a pan-African movement for better child health. That’s why, 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.

Apply now

Applications are open all year round. If you have any questions or want to find out more about the APFP at UCT, email 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, for more information.