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Our CL programme supports doctors as they develop into independent research leaders.


CLs are usually aimed at doctors with a PhD/MD (or equivalent), who already have specialty training experience. CLs are employed by the University and have an honorary contract with the NHS.

NIHR-funded posts are 4 years in duration, with 50% of time spent in specialty training and 50% doing postdoctoral research.

CL posts which are funded locally vary in nature. However, as a clinical lecturer you should have protected research time and your academic activities should be covered in your ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression). 

Protected research time can be organised flexibly (e.g. split weeks, continuous blocks of time) in negotiation with the training programme. This allows CLs to plan the best way to dovetail their research and clinical work. 

(For generic information about CLs and other clinical academic posts, see Clinical Academic Pathway.) 

what we offer

All our CL doctors benefit from:

  • the excellent, stimulating and multidisciplinary training environment at Oxford 
  • an academic training programme director (an Oxford senior academic clinician) in addition to a supervisor/head of department
  • funding towards conference-related expenses (attending, travelling, living, etc.) - £1,000 per financial year for NIHR-funded CLs, and up to £4,000 per post for locally-funded CLs
  • funding towards research-related courses - £2,500 per CL post

  • funding advice and support through OUCAGS, including internal funding schemes to support career development (more about internal research funding)
  • advice on start-up funding.

All our CL doctors also benefit from 
our wider programme, designed to involve trainees fully in Oxford’s academic community and foster the development of clinical academic careers.

who is eligible

Posts are normally open to post-doctoral doctors and are in a variety of specialties.

Please check availability of posts in your specialty as they vary each year. 

See Apply for application and specialty details.

more information

View profiles and projects of Oxford clinical lecturers.

Check our FAQs.