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

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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 an  Masters course at UCL.

Our Academic Clinical Fellowship 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



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 London Deanery you will need to check your eligibility. 


You will need to register with the London Deanery before applying for an Academic Clinical Fellow post.


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.


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