NIHR Clinical Lectureships

Background Information

NIHR Clinical Lectureships (CL) represent the second substantive phase of integrated clinical and academic specialty training. The primary purpose of a CL is to provide a clinical and academic training environment for specialty trainees to further develop their postdoctoral research portfolios and establish themselves as independent researchers and leaders in their chosen field. Applicants for a CL must be able to demonstrate that they have outstanding potential for development as a clinical academic in research and/or educational research.

A number of frequently asked questions and answers have been prepared and are available by clicking on the button below. 

NIHR CL FAQs       NIHR CL Extensions

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NIHR CLs are specialty training posts that incorporate academic training. CLs spend 50% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 50% undertaking research or educationalist training. CLs are aimed at those who are advanced in their specialty training, have completed a research doctorate or equivalent and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine.

The duration of a CL is for a maximum of 4 years or until CCT is reached, whichever is sooner. Alongside clinical training, CLs will be able to develop their academic skills and will be encouraged to apply for funding to support further postdoctoral or educationalist training.


Prospective applicants should note that they must contact the relevant HEE Local Office in the first instance for further information on post availability and the recruitment process. This includes dates for when the posts will be advertised and the associated closing dates.

The 2018 NIHR CL recruitment round is now open and will close on 31st March 2019. Take up of posts will start from 1st April 2018.

Please note that successful applicants must be in post before 31st March 2019, therefore HEE Local Offices need to allow enough time to advertise, shortlist and where required, allow for notice periods to be given.

Guidance for recruitment and appointment to NIHR CLs (Medical) and the list of 2018 NIHR CL posts are available via the links on the right.


Please note that NIHR will no longer be offering deferrals for either ACF or CL posts.  All vacant 2018 posts must be filled by 31st March 2019.