Integrated Academic Training

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) offers three awards through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme specifically for doctors and dentists. The programme supports individuals to gain research experience as part of their clinical training.

  • Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF)
  • Clinical Lectureship (CL)
  • In-Practice Fellowship (IPF)

NIHR funds approximately 250 Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) and 100 Clinical Lectureships (CLs) in medicine each year. Funding is also available for up to 23 ACFs and 11 CLs in dentistry each year.

ACF and CL posts are hosted by partnerships of medical/dental schools (and their partner universities), postgraduate deanery functions within the Local Offices of Health Education England (HEE), and their partner NHS organisations.

The third award type, the In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) funds Masters-level training for GPs and dentists in clinical practice.

Academic Training Programme Directors (TPDs)

Brighton: Timothy

Guildford: Piers Gatenby –

Kent & Medway: Dr Philip Chan –

IAT programmes

BSMS: Drs Jessica Eccles and Khalid Ali

KMMS: Professor Sukhi Shergill

To find out more about Integrated Academic Training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and London, please visit the London Deanery website.

If you’re a nurse, midwife or allied health professional, you should refer to the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme page.