The Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF)

Introduction to the ACF

The academic clinical fellowship (ACF) is a great way to get involved in academic radiology. The ACF is a 3 year programme which runs alongside the Clinical Radiology training program. Entry is possible at multiple levels but this varies by deanery - programs are offered at ST1. ST2 and ST3 levels. Doctors who undertake an ACF get 25% of their time protected for research, as well as access to training in research methods. Each ACF has a research theme and a lead supervisor.  

The ACF application process is separate to the ST1 Clinical Radiology Application. Candidates are allowed to apply to as many programs as they like. Each program has its own application process, however they follow the NIHR guidance for selecting candidates.

 

If you are keen on a career in radiology/interventional radiology, then doing an ACF is a great way to get into the academic side and increase your exposure to the specialty. However, it involves a significant time commitment alongside clinical radiology training and FRCR exams. 

ACF Programs 2021

Here we show all of the deaneries offering Radiology ACFs for the year 2021. Please look at the job descriptions on Oriel for further information on the ACF schemes themselves. 

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ACF Competition Ratios

The competition ratios for Radiology ACF Posts vary each year. In some deaneries, the ACF position is advertised for multiple specialties. Here, we show the latest competition ratios for ACF Applications. Please note that these may be out of date.  

deanery
specialty
Year of Entry
Places
Applicants
Shortlisted
Min. Shortlist Score
Interviews
Offers
East Midlands
Radiology & Other Specialties
2021
2
17
5
40
5
2
East of England
Radiology & ENT/Plastic Surgery
2021
1
19
17
42
3
1
London & KSS
Radiology
2021
2
54
41
44
10
3
North East
Radiology & Ophthalmology/Gastroenterology
2021
1
15
14
44
1
0
South West (Peninsula)
Radiology
2021
1
0
0
0
0
Wessex
Radiology & Ophthalmology/GP
2021
1
29
5
52
1
0
West Midlands
Radiology & Histopathology/O&G
2021
1
16
3
54
2
1
Yorkshire & Humber (Leeds)
Radiology & Medical Microbiology
2021
1
5
2
42
2
1
Yorkshire & Humber (Sheffield)
Radiology & T&O
2021
1
18
5
38
5
1