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How to obtain an ACF

or alternative source of pre-doctoral protected research time

How to obtain an ACF

The purpose of pre-doctoral protected research time is:

  1. to confirm that you are interested in and committed to a career in academic pathology
  2. to find a suitable research area and research group
  3. ultimately to prepare, apply for and achieve a doctoral Fellowship

There are three main sources of pre-doctoral protected research time in histopathology:

  1. NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) (also see the NIHR IAT Guide)
  2. the PathSoc/CRUK Pre-doctoral Research Bursary
  3. the PathSoc/Jean Shanks Pre-doctoral Research Bursary

These posts are usually competitively sought after. To maximise your chance of success:

  • Speak to current academic pathology trainees and ask their advice about the application process.
  • Contact the research group that you would like to join and arrange to meet. Ask if there are any small projects which you could get involved with. Ideally:

  • Boost your CV and demonstrate a commitment to academia by doing the following:

  • Have a game plan for the next 5-10 years - what do you ultimately want to achieve and do you know the steps you need to take to get there?