UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Academic Clinical Lectureships

UCL is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees in the UK.

Flow Diagram of Career Pathways for Academic Medical Careers

UCL's cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees includes approximately 50 NIHR Clinical Lecturers in posts across UCL and UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). UCL has been successfully running NIHR schemes since their inception in 2006. 

The NIHR 2023 CL recruitment will open from April 2023. 

Health Education England (HEE) is responsible for the recruitment / interview process and all posts will be advertised via Oriel

Posts will be advertised in different HEE recruitment windows - please contact Sarah Mackilligin for further information.

You can also contact HEE directly via the PGMDE support portal.

Please see below for details about the HEE recruitment process and posts available at UCL.  

    2023 NIHR CL Posts

    Post NumberSpecialityLead
    CL Post 1Clinical Pharmacology & TherapeuticsProf Andrew Scourfield
    CL Post 2General PsychiatryDr Sergi Costafreda
    CL Post 3NeurologyProf Simon Mead
    CL Post 4NeurosurgeryProf Rob Brownstone

    Themed CL Posts

    Post NumberSpecialityThemeLead
    CL Post 5General PracticeHealth needs of elderly peopleProf Joe Rosenthal
    CL Post 6Infectious DiseasesPlatform Science (“-omics”) and BioinformaticsProf Maddy Noursadeghi
    CL Post 7Paediatrics, Intensive CareAcute CareProf Terence Stephenson

    Additional CL Posts

    Post NumberSpeciality FundingLead
    CL Post 8UrologyLocally FundedProf Caroline Moore

    2022 Dental CL Post

    Post NumberSpeciality FundingLead
    CL Post 9Orthodontics ST2-3NIHR DentalProf Stephen Porter


    The application and recruitment process is managed by the Healthcare Education Team at Health Education England (HEE), London and South East.

    To apply for a CL post, please visit the Oriel website

    For enquiries about the recruitment process, please contact HEE directly via the London and South East PGMDE Support Portal.

    For more information about the IAT programme, please see the NIHR Integrated Academic Training.

    Useful Links:



    CL Programme


    We aim to provide bespoke clinical academic training opportunities that develop an individual's full potential as a future world-class research leader.

    Like all NIHR CL posts, UCL's posts offer six months per annum protected research time over the four year duration of the posts, which offer run-through training in the advertised specialty. 

    In general, research time is offered as a block release of six 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).

    • 50% of your time  - specialist clinical training;
    • 50% of your time - research or educationalist training;
    • The duration of the post is a maximum of 4 years;
    • Expected to complete your specialty training during this period;
    • Expected to apply for further research funding (e.g. personal fellowships or research grants), or support for continuing educational training.
    Success Rate

    Since 2006, our programmes have delivered a very high success rate (85%) in terms of the primary objective of CL programmes in obtaining peer-reviewed, competitive research funding to continue on in 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.


    We offer a varied selection of Clinical Lectureship posts. Those who are eligible are:

    • Trainees who are advanced in their specialty training, who enter at levels ST3 or above depending on specialty;
    • We welcome CL applicants with a PhD (or equivalent) who intend to progress in their career as world-leading Clinical Academics;
    • You must have submitted your thesis by the time of application and been awarded your higher degree by the post start date;
    • You must have a national training number (NTN).

    Before you apply for a Clinical Lecturer post through HEE you will need to check your eligibility.

    Please refer to the GMC Registration Eligibility webpage


    Trainees hold a UCL employment contract throughout their post (as well as an honorary NHS contract) giving them access to library facilities, computer network facilities and other necessary generic research tools.

    Further information about UCL contracts for clinical academics.


    NIHR Annual Bursary 

    Clinical Lecturers are entitled to a £1000 bursary each year they are in post for conference fees, workshops and research visits including travel, registration and hotel costs.

    Starter Grant

    Grants are available that provide up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables, to support Clinical Lecturers who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers.

    Please see the links below for details about the Clinical Lecturer Starter Grant: