2019 ACF Round 1 Timetable
Applications Window 08/10/2018 to 05/11/2018
Interview Window 07/11/2018 to 21/12/2018
Initial Offers Issued 07/01/2019
Hold Deadline 17/01/2019

Please note: General Practice has a different application window.

Post numbers and dates are indicative. Details may be amended throughout the recruitment process.

Eligibility for this round

Please note: for 2019, in addition  to academic interviews, candidates must apply and be successfully clinical benchmarked in the 2019 NIHR ACF Round 1 CT1/ST1 or Round 2 ST3/ST4 recruitment window, for the specialty they are applying to for academic training, if appropriate. Offers made will therefore be conditional upon meeting the required standard in the clinical interview.

Applicants who already hold a clinical NTN or DRN in the same specialty as their ACF application will not need to attend a clinical interview as they will already have met the required standard previously.  Please ensure you read the Applicant FAQ Document below regarding the 2019 ACF process.

Please be advised if you are reapplying for the same specialty in a different region you will need to complete and submit the 'Support for reapplying to the same specialty' form (please see below). 

Please note: When searching for specialties on Oriel please ensure you use the specialty title as listed below. 

Please note: If you are a non-medic applying for Academic Public Health please see information within the Public Health Specialty information below regarding guidance on how to complete the Oriel application form.

Cambridge NIHR
Clinical Genetics

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Please note ST3 is only available in NIHR Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Oncology

Clinical Radiology

Emergency Medicine

Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus General Practice
General Psychiatry General Surgery
Internal Medicine Training (IMT)
(formally Core Medical Training)
Recruitment to the following NIHR posts:
Formula post 1 - Cardiology, Renal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine
Formula post 2 - Neurology, Haematology, Gastroenterology
Intensive Care Medicine Medical Microbiology
Medical Oncology Neurology
Neurosurgery Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Old Age Psychiatry Otolaryngology
Paediatrics Palliative Medicine
Public Health Respiratory Medicine
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Urology
Cambridge Local 
General Practice Internal Medicine Training (IMT)
(formally Core Medical Training)
Public Health  


Cardiology Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
Gastroenterology Old Age Psychiatry
Plastic Surgery Public Health
Respiratory Medicine Rheumatology
UEA Local
Public Health  

Specialty Training Person Specifications

Specialty Training HEE Website

For further information on the National Institute for Health Research posts please visit the NIHR Website.