ACF Trainees


You will have four supervisors to support you during your fellowship.

If you have an issue with one of your supervisors, please contact the Director of Clinical Academic Training, Professor Matthew Bown (

NIHR Bursaries

You receive a £1,000 bursary each full year of the programme (max 4 years). To apply for your bursary, please complete the bursary application appropriate form and email it to or post it to our contact address for the attention of Lesley Clissold for processing:

Once you have received your authorised application form, you are able to claim for your expenses via the University EC1 form.

Reviews and meetings


A virtual induction session for new north and south academic trainees (FY1, FY2, ACF) is being planned for September 2020

Further details will be sent to you by HEE  East Midlands in due course. It is mandatory for all new clinical academic trainees to attend the induction day and you should obtain study leave from your Junior Doctor Administrator if you are programmed to undertake clinical work, in order to facilitate this.

If there are any issues with this, please contact the Director of Clinical Training, Professor Matt Bown via

Academic Reviews

Your annual Academic Reviews are usually scheduled during May of each year in advance of your Academic Review in Continuing Practice (ARCP). You will be contacted for your availability and the relevant paperwork nearer the time.

For further information please email

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Aarti Patel (ophthalmologist) examining the eye of a puppet

Since my first day I have been encouraged to become a skilled academic clinician. A few years later and I am now an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow presenting my research around the world.
Dr Aarti Patel
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
(ACF 2011-2014)