Academic Clinical Fellows

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These posts allow medical and dental trainees to combine research training with clinical training ready to compete for a Research Training Fellowship leading to a PhD.

As an Academic Clinical Fellow, you are funded to spend 25% of your time over a period of up to three years (up to four years for GP trainees) in a formal programme of research preparation, research training and research activity, whilst continuing with your clinical training and achieving the required clinical competencies.

Posts are available in a range of disciplines. Core Medical Training posts will be based at University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust and at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust. All will be following a general medicine rotation during the first 2 years before embarking on specialty training in the 3rd year.

For a full list of possible specialties and academics to contact, please use the directory below. Not all specialties are available every year.

Specialty Contacts for Clinical Academic Training


Applications for our 2024 ACF posts will open Friday 6th October 2023, details of which will be found on the Workforce Deanery site or the NIHR site, which also provides lots of useful information about the posts.

The ACF Posts for 2024 are:

ACF Response Mode Post 1: Acute Internal Medicine - Dermatology - Immunology 

ACF Response Mode Post 2: Histopathology - Clinical Oncology - Plastic Surgery 

ACF Response Mode Post 3: Respiratory Medicine - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery - Vascular Surgery

ACF Response Mode Post 4: Paediatrics - Respiratory Medicine - Infectious Diseases 

ACF Response Mode Post 5: Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Public Health Medicine - Cardiology 

ACF Response Mode Post 6: General Surgery - Gastroenterology - Rheumatology 

ACF Response Mode Post 7: Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus - Geriatric Medicine - Renal Medicine 

ACF Priority Theme (Digital) Post 8: Anaesthetics - Histopathology - Infectious Diseases

ACF Priority Theme (Prevention and Public Health) Post 9: General Surgery - Medical Oncology - Neurology 

ACF Priority Theme (Clinical Therapeutics and Pharmacology and Industry) Post 10: Gastroenterology - Haematology - Rheumatology 

ACF Priority Theme (Clinical Therapeutics and Pharmacology and Industry) Post 11: Paediatrics - Urology - Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

ACF Priority Theme (Multiple Long Term Conditions) Post 12: Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus - Neurosurgery - Ophthalmology 

ACF Priority Theme (Multiple Long Term Conditions) Post 13: Geriatric Medicine - Renal Medicine - Cardiology 

ACF Priority Theme (Mental Health) Post 14: General Practice - General Psychiatry - Public Health Medicine