Academic Foundation

Research equipment practice setting representing The Academic Foundation programme.

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) offers foundation doctors the opportunity to develop research, teaching, leadership and management skills in addition to the basic foundation competencies. This programme will prove beneficial if you plan to move into academic medicine, or even if you decide to choose a different medical career.

The AFP at Leeds

In West Yorkshire there are 21 Academic Research Foundation training placements offered per year as part of the Academic Foundation Programme. Three Academic Foundation posts are allocated to general practice, while 18 can be undertaken in other clinical specialties.

The Academic Foundation Programme provides protected time away from clinical training, allowing you to pursue an area of research interest and develop your research skills. This is ideal preparation for the next stage in the academic training pathway, the Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF).

  • The first year consists of three four-month clinical posts, rotating across a range of clinical areas.
  • The second year consists of three four-month posts where one four-month block is an academic research placement.

Where possible you will be offered placements in research groups or units whose research programme and clinical specialty most closely reflects your career aspirations. Placements will start in either April, August or December of your second year.

The AFP research projects available at Leeds can be found on the Health Education Yorkshire and Humber website, as can details of all AFP places in the region.

Careers events for aspiring clinical academics

'Why Choose a Clinical Academic Career?' is our next Academic Foundation event for prospective trainees and will be held on 7th and 9th October 2019 at Weetwood Hall Estate, Otley Road, Leeds. Please get in touch to register.

Key dates for applications


UKFP / AFP 2019 Application Activity

20 August 2018

AFP programmes available to view on Oriel

24 September 2018

Registration period opens
All programmes available to view on Oriel

1 – 12 October 2018
at 12:00

Application period for FP and AFP applications

12 October 2018

Deadline for submitting special circumstances applications to the home medical school

15 October 2018

AFP local short-listing and interview

7 December 2018

First SJT date

7 January 2019

Second SJT date

16 January – 13 February 2019

AFP national and cascade offers

7th March 2019

Primary list applicants informed of allocation to foundation school for FP

11 March – 8 April 2019

Online references collected

4 April 2019

Primary list applicants informed of match to programme results

From April 2019

Reserve list batch and RLMT allocations

23 & 24 October 2019 Inspiring the next Generation