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!


There will be no face to face interviews, all interviews will be held online via MS Teams. Applications and interviews will be integrated across the North West universities of, Lancaster University, the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool


National Recruitment Process - Please see here for further details.


2024 ACF Round 1 Recruitment Timetable (Medical)  


2024 ACF R1  Timetable
Application Window 6.10.2023 to 01.11.2023
Interview Window 11.12.2023 to 12.01.2024
Initial Offers Issued 31st January 2024 (delay due to the junior doctor strikes) 
Hold Deadline 25.01.2024
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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 2023 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


Person Specifications and Eligibility Criteria

link Please check the relevant Clinical Person Specification for 2023 to ascertain whether you are eligible to apply.

link 2023 Clinical Person Specifications will be available here shortly:

link 2023 ACF Person Specification will also be available within the NIHR's Guidance for Recruitment and Appointment 

link Please see additional information under Longlisting below


Longlisting: All application forms will be checked to decide whether they are eligible to go forward to the shortlisters. The longlisting will look to see that you meet the following areas of the relevant person specification:
1. You possess the qualifications required
2. You have the correct amount of experience for the specialty and level you are applying to
3. You have fully completed all the relevant sections of the application form and
4. Your immigration status allows you to work in the UK**. Please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for further information.
If it is determined that your application does not meet the required standard, your application will not proceed to the shortlisting stage.

Eligibility for recruitment to Specialty Training 2023

If your employment is subject to immigration control, you should visit the Specialty Training website for information about how this will affect your application. In some cases, applications will not be considered or only once the resident labour market test can be satisfied. 

Further information can be found via the UKVI website.

For Shortlisting and Selection Centre Information, please visit the NIHR website.

Last updated: 28th September 2022