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Medical Bursary

If you are currently studying at a UK medical school and paying UK student fees, or are applying for a place at a UK medical school (Post-Graduate Entry), the Royal Air Force could sponsor your Medical training in the form of a Bursary. Ultimately leading to a career as a Royal Air Force Medical Officer.  The Medical Bursary is available from year 3 of Medical School (year 2 for Post-Graduate entry students). You would need to apply no later than the 31st of October of the previous academic year for consideration.

The Royal Air Force spans the world.  We support troops on the front line, fly in humanitarian aid for the sick and starving, police the skies and defend the UK airspace.  Regular Medical Officers play a vital part in keeping personnel fit for role in the UK and on deployed Operations overseas.  We are seeking to recruit Medical Students who are looking for new challenges. Your role is pivotal in maintaining the effectiveness of the RAF in delivering Air Power by maximising the fitness of personnel for their tasks in an Air environment.

On top of a competitive salary, consistent support and exceptional training, we offer a structured and progressive career path designed to encourage and reward excellence. The RAF is a strong advocate of continuous professional development.

The bursary is worth £3,000, in addition to including: Medical school tuition fees​; Registration fees​​; Book allowance​​; Examination fees​​; Uniform and other allowances​​. Applications are accepted from year 2 but no bursary is payable until year 3 of study at university, or year 2 of a Post-Graduate 4-year course.  

Commitment: The Bursar as part of the process will join the University Air Squadron affiliated to their university (training pay is paid for University Air Squadron attendance, along with a Training Bounty) and apply for an upgrade to a Cadetship for their last 2 years of medical school. an upgrade from a Bursary to a Cadetship is competitive and dependent upon passing an upgrade selection interview and enhanced medical.

Pay: If your application to upgrade to a Cadetship is successful, you will attest into the RAF and become salaried.  On appointment in your penultimate year at medical school you salary commences at £17,133.

Postings and Career

All postings are coordinated by the Royal Air Force with input by the Cadet.  Cadets will undertake their Foundation Years (FY) training through the Defence Foundation Programme.  Following FY and Officer training, General Duties Medical Officers (GDMOs) are posted to a RAF station GP Training Practice until their professional training begins.  During this time, GDMOs will experience life on a working RAF station at first hand. 


Age:   21 - 43 (Candidates must commence SOITC prior to their 43rd birthday).


You should have resided in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding your application.  In certain circumstances, if your period of residency has been broken, we may still be able to consider your application.


You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

A Modern Force:  

The RAF recognises the value of a person’s ability no matter their ethnicity, social background, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status/civil partnership.

Important Considerations

Sponsorship may be terminated at the discretion of the Ministry of Defence if it becomes evident that the scholar is failing to make satisfactory progress at university. The availability and number of specialist training places will be subject to the needs of the Service, resulting in some individuals not being able to pursue their primary choice of medical career; Paediatric, Geriatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology are permanently excluded.

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Medical Bursary

United Kingdom
Alternative Courses/Degrees, Employment & Training, Jobs, Full Time, Sponsored Degrees

Published on 19 Apr 2021

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