NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships at a Glance

Welcome to NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship  recruitment at Health Education England - North West.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best with your application and we hope to see you at Health Education North West soon!


2019 ACF Recruitment Timetable

National Recruitment Process - Please see here for further details.

Provisional recruitment timetable for Academic Clinic Fellowships August 2019 Intake




Advert available on NHS Jobs

Monday 7th October 2019

Apply via Oriel from

Monday 7th October 2019

Closing Date

Monday 4th November 2019 at 16:00

Invitations to Interview Expected


Selection Centre Dates 

TBC - between Monday 6th November and Friday 20th December 2019

Venues to be confirmed

Offers Out

Monday 6th January 2020

Hold deadline

Monday 13th January 2020

Anticipated Start Date

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) & ACF Programmes

ICAT is a programme of training and support, designed for clinicians undertaking academic careers. It provides undergraduate opportunities and postgraduate professional career pathways in both medicine and dentistry.

These pages are about recruitment to Academic Clinical Fellowships.

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) are tailored training posts, which incorporate components of academic training. ACFs are designed for clinically qualified candidates who can demonstrate outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry.

Fellows spend 75% of time undertaking specialist clinical training and 25% in research or educationalist training. A fellowship lasts for a maximum of 3 years (4 years for General Practitioners).

A fellow develops their academic skills, alongside being guided and supported through the Research Training Fellowship application process, to apply for funding to undertake a higher research degree (usually a PhD); or supported to gain a place on an educational programme (leading to a higher degree).

You can find out more about the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and ACFs in general via their website -

Specific information about the 2020 recruitment process is available via NIHR's Guidance for Recruitment and Appointment.

In the North West, we offer Academic Clinical Fellowships in conjunction with three universities: Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and University of Manchester. You can find out more about specific opportunities with each of these universities by navigating to the relevant page above.

ACF posts all attract a NTN (A) and are run through opportunities. Please note if you don't already hold a NTN, you must apply for the relevant speciality for clinical benchmarking.

 Recruitment Process




Last updated: 17 September 2019