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The Academic Foundation Programme

An Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) provides foundation doctors with the opportunity to develop research, teaching and leadership / management skills in addition to the current basic Foundation competencies. They are intended to be beneficial to both trainees who plan to go into academic medicine as well as those who choose a different medical career. There is a national AFP recruitment window between May and September prior to the national process opening in October.

Further information can be found on the Academic section of the UKFPO website and on the Academic recruitment section of this website.

Recruitment timelines for all UK FSs can be found on the UKFPO website from May.

Applicants who apply for an AFP but are not successful are still eligible to apply via the national process for a ‘standard’ FP. However, if an applicant accepts an AFP they will not be entered into the national process.

Please see the individual school pages on this website for Academic post information:

How to Apply

For details of how to apply, please see our Allocation Process section. 

Academic Research

Academic Research programmes are offered by each of the three Locality Schemes within the Yorkshire and the Humber Foundation School.  These incorporate a standard F1 training programme and an F2 training programme which includes a four-month attachment in Academic Research.

These placements provide trainees with the opportunity to experience life as a Clinical Academic Scientist before considering applying for a Specialty Training Academic Clinical Fellowship.

The trainee, during their 4 month Academic Research Placement, will spend time in a research laboratory, attend laboratory meetings alongside researchers and scientists, carry out a small research project and conduct a review of the research literature on their chosen research topic. The F2 trainee will write up their project and present their findings to their Research Group.

From August 2018, the four-month Academic Research post will not be 'fixed'; instead, trainees will submit an application for the Academic project of their choice from a given list.  This new process will apply to trainees who are appointed to start their F1 posts in August 2017. You can access the application form here.

Medical Education

These placements give trainees experience in generic teaching skills which are fast becoming an essential tool for the modern doctor.

Academic Careers

Academic Clinical Fellowships

If you are about to enter higher specialist training and have the potential to be an outstanding researcher and/or educationalist, you will be able to compete for the new Academic Clinic Fellowships (ACFs). The new Academic Clinical Fellowship is targeted at doctors in the early years of specialty training. It provides a clinical and academic training environment to help the Academic Clinical Fellow prepare a competitive application for a training fellowship for a higher degree or, if applicable, a postdoctoral fellowship. Funding is available for a maximum of three years (up to four years for GP Academic Clinical Fellows).

Clinical Lectureships

If you are currently engaged in specialist training and have recently obtained a PhD or equivalent or expect to do so soon, you will be able to compete for the new Clinical Lectureships (CLs). These provide opportunities for post-higher degree research or educational training for doctors working towards completion of specialty training. Clinical Lecturers are expected to apply for further research or support for continuing educational training.

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