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 6th May to Thursday 3rd June 2021 for General Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology, Renal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in Nottingham

The advertising and application period for these posts will be from Wednesday 19th May to Wednesday 16th June 2021 for Vascular Surgery in Leicester

It will NOT be possible to submit an application after the closing time stated. Applications will only be accepted if submitted online via the new Oriel Online Application System: Oriel - Home

A number of these posts are in direct competition with each other. Please refer to the tables in the 'documents' section on this page for further details on this, or contact Professor Jonathan Barratt, Head of the Postgraduate Specialty School of Clinical Academic Training (  Alternatively please contact the Directors of Clinical Academic Training, Professor Helen Budge ( for University of Nottingham, or Professor Matt Bown ( University of Leicester.

For more specific information on ACF opportunities please visit:


Unit of Application 

Interview Date 

Interview Venue

East Midlands North  22nd June 2021


Virtual interviews


East Midlands South


28th June 2021


Virtual interviews

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 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 less than full time.  Further information can be found here.

2021 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