The Professor James C Petrie Scholarship supports a delegate from a DfiD priority country to attend the RCPE Course in Acute and General Internal Medicine.

This 5 day course will provide topical and relevant updates on a wide variety of acute and general medical conditions encountered by clinicians. Experts will cover topics of current and practical relevance with frequent opportunities for interactive case-based learning. The week will consist of a series of themed days, and topics covered in the 2019 course will include:

  • Diagnosing, investigating and treating infection and fever.
  • Therapeutic advances in common conditions, including heart failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory arthritis.
  • Acute management of collapse, breathlessness, fever, chest pain.
  • Fits, faints & funny turns: Differential diagnosis & appropriate investigations.
  • Preventing premature death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and alcohol.

The College is committed to helping to raise standards of healthcare globally. This course is aimed at physicians (consultant and senior trainee level) who wish to enhance their acute and general medicine knowledge. It will be of great interest to clinicians from around the world who encounter patients with general medical conditions and gives an ideal opportunity for physicians from other countries to network with others working in acute and general internal medicine.

The scholarship is named in memory of the late Professor James Colquhoun Petrie CBE, a distinguished Physician in Scotland who made significant contributions in the area of General Internal Medicine during his career and also a past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

What the scholarship will cover:

  • Travel costs (economy class travel)
  • Accommodation (in College)
  • Course fee
  • Reception and Scottish Evening (Thursday night)
  • Visa fee (the applicant will be responsible for obtaining the visa).


  • Must be presently based and working within a DfID (Department for International Development) priority country.
  • Must be self-funding (i.e. funded by yourself or your family). Applicants who are able to get funding from another source (i.e. an employer, industry or government sponsor, charity or third-party organisation) to enable them to attend the course are not self-funding.
  • Must be a fully qualified Medical Practitioner.
  • Must be able to describe how attendance at this course will benefit the delivery of care to patients within their own clinical service and/or country.

Application and selection process

Applicants will be asked to provide contact details and complete the following short essay questions:

  1. Please describe the pertinent healthcare challenges within acute and general internal medicine in the country you work in (250 words max)
  2. Please describe how attendance at this course will benefit the delivery of care to patients within your own clinical service (250 words max)

Please have your answers prepared before applying online.

Each question will be scored by two assessors. Where the scores are tied, the College reserves the right to make the final decision.

Applications for the 2019 Professor James C Petrie Scholarship are now open. To apply, please visit

Please note that applications will close at 23.00 (UK time) on 10 February 2019.

DfID priority countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.