Academic Training

Academic Foundation Programmes

The Academic Foundation Programme provides a fabulous opportunity for foundation doctors to develop research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the competences outlined in the Foundation Programme Curriculum.

Academic Foundation Programme 2019 (AFP) recruitment process

To apply for the Academic Foundation Programme, first you need to ensure you are eligible to apply. If you graduated (or are graduating) from a UK medical school after 07 August 2017, your medical school will confirm your eligibility on your behalf. If you are graduating from a medical school outside of the UK, or graduated from a UK school prior to 07 August 2017, you will need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO. Go to the UKFP 2019 Eligibility Information page for more information.

You will need to apply to the national FP vacancy and any local AFP vacancies through Oriel which can be accessed via You will also be expected to sit the SJT along with everyone else, but your score will not be used to allocate you to a AUoA - however all AFP offers are subject to a satisfactory SJT score.

For more information on the application process please read the UKFP 2019 Applicants Handbook, application presentation and person specification.


The UKFPO also produces a document which provides information on how many academic programmes are available at each AUoA, dates for interviews and a link to further information. Click the link below to download the AFP 2018 document.

Academic Foundation Programmes 2018: AUoA details

UKFP 2018 AFP Programme information

UKFP 2018 AFP Supplementary information - This document contains the AUoA specific information from the supporting section of the application form.

UKFP 2018 AFP Appeals

Post Foundation Academic Training

Opportunities for post-foundation academic training vary considerably between the four countries. For more details on these opportunities read the extracts taken from the Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme by clicking the relevant link below.

Post-foundation academic training (England)

Post-foundation academic training (Wales)

Post-foundation academic training (Northern Ireland)

Post-foundation academic training (Scotland)

Academic Projects

We are constantly exploring the different projects that academic foundation doctors are completing around the UK. Click on projects that interest you to find short PowerPoint presentations that give more information.

Dr Sarah Kingdon: A look at how I constructed my academic programme, focusing on research into Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL)

Dr Emma Froment: The Academic Foundation Programme in Wales: a review of trainee and supervisor expectations, experiences and outcomes

Dr Alison Teo: An insider's guide to the AFP in North East Scotland

Dr Jonathan Mills: My Academic Foundation Programme - a track focused on Management & Leadership Digg Reddit Facebook Stumble Upon Follow UKFPO on Twitter