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


2015 Recruitment

All 2015 ACF posts will be advertised on the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (London Deanery) website.

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. 

See below for Recruitment Dates:

Round 1 - ACF Recruitment
Start Date
Monday, 13th October 2014 
Closing Date
Monday, 10th November 2014
Short-listing and interviews take place between
Tuesday, 12th November 2014 
to Friday, 9th January 2015
Offers will be made from (via the UK Offers system)
Monday, 12th January 2015
Hold Deadline
Thursday, 19th March 2015
Active in post by 
Thursday, 31st March 2016
NB: National NIHR ACF recruitment in General Practice (ST1)
Recruitment to NIHR ACF in General Practice is managed by a national recruitment process

If you have any questions in relation to the ACF recruitment process, please contact the London Deanery

2015 ACF Posts

Please see below for the 2015 ACF posts available at UCL:

Specialty Programme Lead
Dr Martin Smith
Dr Pier Lambiase
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Prof David Osborn
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Prof Raymond Macallister
Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus Dr Rachel Batterham
General Practice x 4 posts
Prof Joe Rosenthal
General Psychiatry 
Prof David Osborn
Genito-Urinary Medicine Dr Richard Gilson
Prof Kwee Yong
Prof Adrienne Flanagan
Infectious Diseases x 3 posts
Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi
Intensive Care Medicine 
Prof Mervyn Singer
Medical Microbiology & Virology
Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi
Neurology x 2 posts
Dr Simon Mead
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Prof Donald Peebles
Ophthalmology Prof Sir Peng Khaw
Otolaryngology  Prof Martin Birchall or Prof Anne Schilder
Paediatrics x 3 posts Prof Terence Stephenson
Paediatric Surgery Dr Paolo De Coppi
Public Health Medicine
Dr Jenny Mindell
Respiratory Medicine 
Prof Jeremy Brown
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery 
Prof Alister Hart
Prof Mark Emberton


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:

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 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 London Deanery you will need to check your eligibility.  


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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