Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF)
The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine or dentistry that incorporates academic training.
This post has a standard duration of 3 years (up to 4 years for GPs). Alternatively, it can be taken part-time and extended up to a maximum of 5 years (or 6 years for GPs), as long as the academic component remains at 25% whole time equivalent.
You will have access to Masters-level research training to develop your academic skills and equip you to balance your clinical academic career.
As an ACF you will spend:
75% of your time in specialist clinical training
25% of your time in research or educationalist training.
To be eligible for an ACF you must be:
Medically or dentally qualified
At the early stages of speciality training
Able to demonstrate outstanding potential for a career as a clinical academic
Able to meet the clinical specification for the advertised post.
A proportion of the ACF posts in medicine are awarded through the annual IAT Competition and these have research projects aligned to NIHR Priority Research Themes.