Academic Clinical Fellows
UCL is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees in the UK. We have approximately 100 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows and 50 NIHR Clinical Lecturers in posts across UCL and UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences System.
Every trainee has a clinical and an academic supervisor and is provided with a £1,000 per annum NIHR training bursary. Trainees are provided with bespoke clinical and academic training appropriate for their specialty and research interests, and in addition have access to funding for a Masters course at UCL.
Our Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) schemes have an overall success rate of approximately 85% over the last five years in securing peer-reviewed internationally competitive research funding to continue their clinical academic careers.
For more information, please see the Integrated Clinical Academic Training Guide
All 2016 ACF posts will be advertised on the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (LETB formerly the London Deanery) website from March 2016.
- To apply for an ACF post you will need to apply through the LETB
- For more information, please see the NIHR TCC Integrated Academic Programme
- Before applying please read the person specification for each specialty to assess your suitability.
We offer a varied selection of ACF posts who enter at levels CT1 to ST3 depending on specialty and a full list of specialties and contacts can be found below.
Please see below for the ACF posts available at UCL:
||Dr Martin Smith|
||Dr Pier Lambiase|
|Child & Adolescent Psychiatry||Prof David Skuse|
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
||Prof Raymond Macallister|
|Clinical Radiology||Prof Stuart Taylor|
|Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus||Dr Rachel Batterham|
||Dr Joe Rosenthal|
Prof David Osborn
|Haematology||Prof Kwee Yong|
|Hepatology||Dr Emmanouil Tsochatzis|
Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi
Intensive Care Medicine
||Prof Mervyn Singer|
|Medical Oncology||Prof Tim Meyer|
|Medical Virology||Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi|
||Dr Simon Mead|
|Neurosurgery||Dr Simon Mead|
|Obstetrics & Gynaecology||Prof Usha Menon|
|Old Age Psychiatry||Prof David Osborn|
|Ophthalmology||Prof Sir Peng Khaw|
|Otolaryngology||Prof Martin Birchall or Prof Anne Schilder|
|Paediatrics x 2 posts||Dr Paul Brogan|
|Paediatric Surgery||Prof Paolo De Coppi|
|Plastic Surgery||Mr Ash Mosahebi|
Public Health Medicine
Dr Jenny Mindell
||Prof Alan Salama|
||Mr Hashim Ahmed|
We aim to provide bespoke clinical academic training opportunities that fully develops an individual’s potential as a research leader of the future.
Like all NIHR ACF posts, UCL’s posts offer three months per annum protected research time over the three year duration of the posts, which all offer run-through training in the advertised speciality.
How the protected research time is arranged differs between individual programmes.
In general it is offered as block release of three months as in our experience this provides sufficient time to fully engage with host laboratories.
Individual programmes have the flexibility to vary this according to local needs (including those of the trainees).
- 3 year duration of post
- 3 months per annum for protected research time
- Block release of 3 months
Research Training Programme
The Research Training Programme is delivered through individual training schemes, customising central provision and supplementing this with local initiatives.
The central provision includes generic skills training through the:
- UCL Doctoral School and Staff Training schemes
- Research governance (plus GCP) training delivered by the UCL/UCLH NIHR Comprehensive BioMedical Research Centre (CBRC),
- Masters degrees either specifically commissioned for ACF schemes (e.g. the Masters in Clinical Drug Development,
- available part-time and delivered by the UCL/UCLH NIHR CBRC
- or adapted for the purpose (e.g. the MRes in Biomedicine offered at the Institute of Child Health).
Since 2006, our programmes have delivered a very high success rate (85%) in terms of the primary objective of ACF programmes in obtaining peer-reviewed competitive research funding to continue an academic career.
The range and diversity of outcomes from a similar range and diversity of incoming individuals demonstrates that the flexible ad-hominem approach we take is highly effective in developing different individuals to their full potential.
NIHR ACF posts are available to medically qualified trainees, who are in the early stages of their specialty training and show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry.
UCL offer a varied selection of ACF posts at levels CT1 or ST3 depending on specialty.
We welcome ACF applicants either with or without a PhD provided an ACF post offers an appropriate career development option for them.
Before you apply for a ACF post through the LETB you will need to check your eligibility.
- Please refer to the GMC Registration Eligibility webpage
Trainees hold an honorary UCL contract throughout their post (as well as a NHS contract) giving them access to library facilities, computer network facilities and other necessary generic research tools.
NIHR Annual Bursary
Academic Clinical Fellows are entitled to a £1000 bursary each year they are in post for conference, workshops and research visits including travel, registration and hotel costs.
NIHR MSc Training Fund
You also have an option to take an MSc or modules of an MSc whilst in post funded by the NIHR training fund.
- For further information about these NIHR Bursaries, please contact the Academic Careers Office.