Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Cambridge Medical Students

Choosing an elective overseas

All medical students undertake an elective in their final year. The elective is an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a specialism and organisation of their choice. Choosing an elective overseas in a low- and middle-income country can give students an opportunity to learn new skills not often available to health service professionals starting out in their careers.

We support students in planning and undertaking ethical electives in low - and middle - income countries to gain broader self-directed clinical or research experience.

Since 2006 we have supported over 180 student electives in low- and middle-income countries around the world. Elective topics have ranged from an examination of access to healthcare services in Ghana to development of clinical algorithms for diagnosis of TB in Sudan.

If you are a Cambridge Medical Student we can help to signpost global health organisations which have elective placement programmes.

Every year we have opportunities for medical students to undertake their medical electives within one of our partnership countries. We have opportunities within our programmes in Botswana, El Salvador, Myanmar and Uganda. 

Our elective projects give students the opportunity to participate in an ethical elective and to meaningfully contribute to a long term sustainable global health project. If you want to find out more about possible elective projects please contact us

The Student Bursary Scheme

We are changing our bursary scheme. Please note that you will only be able to apply for a bursary from Cambridge Global Health Partnerships if you are undertaking an elective within one of our health partnership projects. Bursaries of £500-£1000 will be awarded.

If you are undertaking an elective placement with Cambridge Global Health Partnerships you are eligible to apply. Please contact the Cambridge Global Health Partnerships team for more information.

Deadline for applications is 1st April every year.