Academic Toolkit - ACT!


After completion

Start 3 years after fellowship start date


1. Consider your options for further career opportunities. Are you in a position to apply for further funding or a post doctoral fellowship? 

2. Consider any further dissemination of your PhD findings.

3. Think about the academic career pathway; discuss with your academic supervisor and your mentor whether you are positioned to maintain your academic outputs and whether you should be thinking about an NIHR ACL as a stepping stone to MRC Clinician Scientist or Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship.  These are highly competitive but they are an important stepping stone to being an independent clinical academic leader. 

4. Be aware of the SHAPE of Training initiative; this is likely to be rolled out some time in the next 2 years i.e. before end 2020.  It's potentially quite positive for academia in that it will allow post-CCT credentialling in areas not currently suopported through grid training that align better with NIHR competition posts, or in niche rare disease areas that are often the focus of academic endeavour.

SHAPE of training Document

Presentation given by David Evans at the Toolkit Day on 13th September 2018

MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship External link

Three types of Fellowship under this broad heading: standard, tenure track and jointly-funded. Worth looking at jointly-funded particularly as there is a link to RCPCH

NIHR ACL External link

information on the NIHR ACL programme - described as "early post-doctoral" Fellowship

Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships External link

Post-doctoral support for up to eight years


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