Peninsula ST3 Scholar Programme

Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education offers a number of internal scholarships that enable high-flying GP Trainees to develop additional skills in leadership and education. Successful candidates are appointed during ST2 to a 13 (rather than the normal 12) month scholarship. This allows an additional 20 working days within ST3 to develop additional expertise.


It is critically important to develop trainees with skills in leadership; management; a wider understanding of the primary/secondary care interface and the impact of sustainable training and healthcare delivery. We are able to offer the opportunity for trainees to contribute to the GPVTS educational programme at a patch level.


The purpose of the Scholarship programme is to offer high performing GPST3s the opportunity to develop understanding and skills for the enhancement of education, leadership and primary healthcare relevant to the wider context of the NHS. Such skills will help equip the Scholar for future appointments within GP practices; deaneries; universities and the NHS as a whole. There is an expectation that these skills and experiences will be used to disseminate excellence across the local GP training scheme and the training practice community.


Scholarships will be based within the Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education GP School footprint. For posts linked to an individual patch, trainees will need to be based in that patch to be considered for the role. Some travel is expected to attend events at the deanery or a work base away from a trainee’s local practice. There is no additional money available to fund the travel requirements of the scholarships.

Funding and additional training time

The successful appointees will extend their period as a GPST in ST3 to 13 months.

Scholars will have an extra month to do this work. This provides 20 working days (40 sessions). Each of these sessions should be spread over the 13 months with specific agreement of their educational supervisor. See Additional Training Requirements and Guidelines.

Support and mentoring

Either the local patch team, a senior member of the GP School or a local expert in the field will provide mentoring to each scholar.

Projects and presentations

Scholars will be expected to undertake a project during their time and this will be presented at the final review meeting. They will be expected to write a final report and also articles of their experience for the website and publication. Poster and/or presentations at suitable conferences will be encouraged and supported.

Project work will be directed by the scholar’s mentor and should develop specific initiatives within Peninsula. Such project work will be designed and supported to help the post holder develop experience in:

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating the project1 
  • Problem analysis
  • Team working
  • Project management
  • Critical review of success and failure
  • Preparation of report to the APD for Excellence



Each patch is looking to appoint 2 scholars in the categories listed below, to be prioritized by local context.

Please discuss with your local Associate Deans/Training Programme Directors

GP ST3 (Patch) Leadership Scholarship Programme   1 month extension
GP ST3 (Patch) Education and Differential Attainment Scholarship   1 month extension
GP ST3 (Patch) Education and Innovation Scholarship   1 month extension
GP ST3 (Patch) Innovation and Quality Scholarships   1 month extension
GP ST3 (Central) Research Scholarships 2 posts across the Peninsula 1 month extension
 GP ST3 (Cornwall) Public Health Scholarship  1 post  3 month extension



Person Specification

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for the programme.

A GP ST3 Public Health Scholarship Programme is also available in Peninsula