UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Academic Clinical Fellowships

ACF Diagram

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 speciality 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.


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

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

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

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2018 NIHR ACFs

Post NumberSpecialityLead
ACF Post 1AnaestheticsDr Daniel Martin
ACF Post 2CardiologyDr Pier Lambiase
ACF Post 3Child and Adolescent PsychiatryProfessor David Skuse
ACF Post 4Clinical RadiologyProfessor Stuart Taylor
ACF Post 5Community Sexual and Reproductive HealthProfessor Judith Stephenson
ACF Post 6GastroenterologyDr Emmanouil Tsochatzis
ACF Post 7General Practice (locally funded)Dr Joe Rosenthal
ACF Post 8General Practice (locally funded)Dr Joe Rosenthal
ACF Post 9Genito-Urinary MedicineDr Richard Gilson
ACF Post 10Geriatric MedicineDr Daniel Davis
ACF Post 11HaematologyProfessor Kwee Yong
ACF Post 12NeurologyProfessor Simon Mead
ACF Post 13Obstetrics and GynaecologyProfessor Usha Menon
ACF Post 14General PsychiatryProfessor David Osborn
ACF Post 15OtolaryngologyProfessor Anne Schilder or Professor Martin Birchall 
ACF Post 16PaediatricsProfessor Paul Brogan
ACF Post 17PaediatricsProfessor Paul Brogan
ACF Post 18Palliative MedicineProfessor Paddy Stone
ACF Post 19Plastic SurgeryMr Ash Mosahebi
ACF Post 20Renal MedicineProfessor Alan Salama
ACF Post 21Respiratory MedicineProfessor Jeremy Brown
ACF Post 22Combined Infection Training (PHE Funded)Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi

Themed Posts

Post NumberSpecialtyThemeLead
ACF Post 23Haematology / Medical OncologyTherapeutics or Clinical PharmacologyProfessor Tim Meyer or Professor Kwee Yong
ACF Post 24Medical Oncology / HaematologyTherapeutics or Clinical PharmacologyProfessor Tim Meyer or Professor Kwee Yong
ACF Post 25PaediatricsTherapeutics or Clinical PharmacologyProfessor Paul Brogan
ACF Post 26General Practice / Public Health Medicine / Geriatric MedicineOlder People and Complex Health NeedsDr Joe Rosenthal or Dr Kate Walters or Dr Nora Pashayan or Dr Daniel Davis 
ACF Post 27NeurologyDementiaProfessor Simon Mead 
ACF Post 28Old Age Psychiatry / Neurology / Geriatric MedicineDementiaProfessor David Osborn or Professor Simon Mead or Dr Daniel Davis
ACF Post 29General PracticeMedical EducationDr Joe Rosenthal
ACF Post 30Intensive Care MedicineAcute CareProfessor Mervyn Singer 
ACF Post 31Infectious Diseases / Respiratory MedicinePlatform Science ("-omics") and BioinformaticsDr Mahdad Noursadeghi or Professor Jeremy Brown 

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 and 4 year duration for GP posts;
  • 3 months per annum for protected research time (this may differ depending on specialty);
  • Block release of 3 months or day release depending on individual programmes.
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:

    Success Rate

    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 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 an ACF post through Oriel you will need to check your eligibility;
    • Please refer to the GMC Registration Eligibility webpage.

    As an ACF you remain employed by the Trust.

    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.

    UCL honorary contracts for clinical academics.


    NIHR Annual Bursary 

    ACFs 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.

    Each ACF is awarded £4500 from the NIHR.

    For further information about NIHR bursaries, please contact the Academic Careers Office