Academic Clinical Fellowship Recruitment

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic doctors in training who seek a career combining research, teaching and the care of patients. The Academic Clinical Fellowship provides integrated academic and clinical training. Within the programme, Fellows should develop skills allowing them to compete successfully for funding to study for a higher research degree (MD/PhD). Only applicants who can demonstrate that they have outstanding potential for development as a clinical academic will be considered for this programme. These integrated academic training programmes will be associated with the award of a relevant NTN (a).

The advertising and application period for these posts will be from Thursday 9th August until Thursday 6th September 2018. 

It will NOT be possible to submit an application after the closing time stated. Applications will only be accepted if submitted electronically and online via Oriel

A number of these posts are in direct competition with each other. Please refer to the tables in the downloads section on this page, or below, for further details on this, or contact Dr Jonathan Barratt Head of School for Clinical Academic Training (

ACF University of Leicester

For more specific information on ACF opportunities please visit:

Unit of Application 

Interview Date 

Interview Venue

East Midlands South

Thursday 4th October 2018

Health Education England - East Midlands Office, Westbridge Place, Leicester, LE3 5DR

The Postgraduate Dean confirms that these placements and/or programmes will have the required educational and dean's approval at the time of entry into the programme.

Candidates will be selected on academic merit, notwithstanding the necessity for successful candidates to demonstrate appropriate clinical potential.

The Academic component of the posts will provide nine months of protected academic time within the first three years of the post to undertake academic training. The successful applicant will work with internationally acclaimed researchers by whom they will be trained in the latest state-of-the-art techniques necessary to improve health and well-being.  During the Fellowship, the post-holder will be expected to submit applications for an externally funded research training fellowship to study for a higher degree at PhD level over a three year period. Mentorship, academic and clinical supervision and peer-support will all be available to successful applicants.

Health Education England - East Midlands is committed to developing postgraduate training programmes for both general and higher professional training as laid down by Colleges and Faculties, and by the Postgraduate Deans network.  At local level, college/specialty tutors work with unit postgraduate clinical tutors in supervising these programmes. It is expected that applicants will fulfil the appropriate clinical person specification depending on the level of training at entry.

All candidates will need to hold full GMC registration and a licence to practise at the time of appointment. 
The Training Programme is equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train flexibly. Approval must be sought from Health Education England – East Midlands prior to interview and this is subject to availability of suitable training placements.

You are eligible to be considered for training in Round 2 if:

  • You are a UK or EEA national
  • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national and your immigration status allows you to work without restriction in the UK. For example, if you have Tier 1 or dependent status, and no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training
  • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national who has limited leave to remain in the UK and do not fall into one of the above categories. You will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)
  • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national, you graduated from a UK medical or dental school, your immigration status currently entitles you to work in the Foundation Programme and where you would have previously been eligible for Tier 1 (PSW). You will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but you will be exempt from the RLMT in this instance.

Applicants who are subject to the RLMT may only be considered if there is no suitable UK or EEA national candidate for the post.

Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a biometric residence card, date stamped passport, and accompanying letter from the Home Office. Please visit their website for more information.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the RLMT. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

2018 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) Recruitment Information Pack includes:

  • NIHR ACF Recruitment FAQ’s
  • NIHR ACF Academic Person Specification
  • Structured Reference Form
  • Shortlisting Scoresheet
  • NIHR ACF Interview Evaluation Forms