Clinical lectureships

Clinical lecturer posts are awarded for up to four years to clinicians in the third year of their specialty training or higher.

There is an equal spilt between academic work and clinical training. Clinical lecturers are expected to finish their specialist training during this appointment. The time allocated for academic work is counted towards training, and so this route should not prolong your specialist training.

Who can apply?

Doctors who hold a relevant MD/PhD or equivalent and either hold a national training number or meet the entry requirement for specialty training are eligible to apply. The four year duration of the lectureship may mean that a period of dedicated clinical training is appropriate (either prior to application or during the clinical lectureship) to allow completion of specialty training within the four year period. This should be discussed with the training programme director.

Where can I find out more about clinical lectureship opportunities?

For opportunities in England, the NIHR website publishes a full list of the lectureships across a range of interests. The website outlines when and where opportunities are available together with details of the local HEE office contacts. If you wish to work in Scotland, go to Possibilities in Northern Ireland can be found at

Opportunities are advertised nationally by the NIHR, although applications are managed by individual local HEE offices/deaneries and/or universities at a local level. Applicants should get in touch with the relevant HEE/deanery/university contact for further information on the local application process.  

Find out more about senior academic posts.

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