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Southampton Clinical Academic Training Scheme

Academic Clinical Fellowships

What is an Academic Clinical Fellowship?

Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) posts are run-through training posts for doctors entering specialist training who have outstanding potential for development as a researcher and/or educationalist.

An ACF offers dedicated time for the trainee to develop academic skills while working towards preparing an application for a training fellowship to undertake a higher degree.

Funding for ACFs is available for a maximum of three years (four years for GPs) to allow for completion of clinical training, 25% of which is spent in academic training.

What specialties are ACF posts available in?

Every year in Southampton we appoint ACFs in a variety of specialties.  For details of posts that are currently available, please visit our recruitment page .

If you are considering applying for an ACF post, a preliminary discussion with the dedicated Academic Lead for that specialty is welcome.

Why choose Southampton?

Choosing to undertake an ACF at Southampton gives trainees:

All NIHR funded ACFs at Southampton have access to:

Southampton has a strong track record of developing ACFs, with many of our former trainees successfully obtaining funding for a higher research degree from bodies including the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, Cancer Research UK and others.  A large number of our past trainees have subsequently gone on to obtain Clinical Lectureships and other research-active clinical positions following completion of their posts.

Click here to read about the experiences of some of our former and current ACFs.

Find out more

For further information about Academic Training Programme in Wessex, please visit the Health Education England (Wessex) Academic Training Programme site.

For more information about NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships, please visit the NIHR website .

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