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Academic Clinical Fellowships

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF) are managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) on behalf of the Department of Health. Each Medical School in England is allocated a number of NIHR ACF posts, which it must manage in partnership with its Postgraduate Medical Deanery and local NHS Trusts in order to synchronise and deliver the academic and clinical training.

Academic Clinical Fellowships are speciality training posts that incorporate academic training. NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) spend 75% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 25% undertaking research or educationalist training.

ACF posts are only available to medically qualified candidates and are aimed at those who, at the early stages of their speciality training, show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry. The duration of an ACF is for a maximum of 3 years (4 years for GPs). During this time, alongside clinical training, ACFs will be able to develop their academic skills and be supported in preparing an application for a Research Training Fellowship (to undertake a higher research degree) or an application for a place on an educational programme (leading to a higher degree). Success in these applications is defined as the end point of an ACF. Trainees may need to continue in clinical training before applying for, or taking up such a training fellowship, as befits their personal situation at that time. The later uptake of a Fellowship is still measured as a successful outcome.

It is expected that ACFs will engage in the Masters Programme as part of their academic training and may take up to 3 modules in a year. Any additional modules within the same academic year are subject to Supervisor and IAT Lead approval. You will need to pay for registration fees. Further details on the process can be found here.

Warwick Medical School has ACFs across a range of specialities including

The ACF Posts for 2021 are:

Formula Post 1 - General Practice or General Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry

Formula Post 2 - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery or Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus or Anaesthetics

Formula Post 3 - Public Health Medicine or Anaesthetics or Acute Internal Medicine

Formula Post 4 - General Practice or Public Health Medicine

Competition Post 1 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Histopathology or Clinical Radiology - theme Platform Science and Bioinformatics

Competition Post 2 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Histopathology - theme Platform Science and Bioinformatics


The NIHR provides £1,000 per financial year per ACF/CL trainee to Warwick. Warwick is responsible for managing the bursary fund and approving expenditure against the bursary. The bursary cannot be used for consumables and can be used for attending academic meetings and conferences that are an important part of your training.

Application for Funding Form(PDF Document)

Expense form(PDF Document)

Progress review

You will undergo Annual Review of Competence Progression with your Clinical and Academic Supervisor. The latest version of the Gold Guide - A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK - includes the relevant forms and lots of general information. The Report on Academic Trainee's Progress form should be completed a month in advance of the ARCP meeting.

Each summer you will also be asked to complete an Output Report detailing your academic related achievements over the past year (such as publications, grants awarded) to help us evaluate individual and programme success.


What is the purpose of a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) post?

Are NIHR ACFs run-through training posts?

Is a NIHR ACF a 3 year post?

Is my post associated with an NTN?

When does an NIHR ACF post finish?

What happens to my NIHR ACF post if I go out of programme to complete a PhD Fellowship?

Can I go out-of-programme from the NIHR ACF post?

When I return to clinical training will I still have run through?

Can I take maternity leave during my NIHR ACF?

Will doing a NIHR ACF mean that it takes me longer to undertake my clinical training compared to someone at the same level in the same specialty that is in full time clinical training?

Can my academic training time be organised into blocks rather than taking 1 day out a week from my clinical role?

What is the NIHR bursary for?

How much money is available and how do I access it?

Can I use my bursary for consumables?

What if I don’t have any meetings or conferences to attend this year?

Can I apply to the bursary fund more than once/every year?

What is the NIHR ACF research training programme?

How do I access the NIHR ACF Research Training Programme?

Does the NIHR pay for my research expenses?

What does the NIHR pay for?

Do the NIHR pay banding?

What is the annual NIHR TCC trainees’ conference?

Who should my employment contract be with?

Should I have an honorary contract with the University?

Who should I speak to about obtaining an honorary academic contract?

Who do I speak to if I am having difficulty managing my research and clinical commitments?

What if I continue to have concerns?

What is the role of the NIHR TCC in managing the NIHR ACF programme?

Can I apply for an Inter-Deanery transfer as a NIHR ACF trainee?

What happens next?

Is there a guarantee of a clinical lecturer post?

How can I contact the NIHR TCC?

What information is available on the NIHR website?