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Academic Foundation Programme Recruitment

UPDATE - Oxford Foundation School Welcome Event - 15 March 2019

The Oxford Foundation School will be running their first Welcome Event for incoming F1's, for more information please see the Welcome event page.

Recruitment to two year Academic Foundation Programmes beginning August 2019


This 2 year integrated Academic Foundation Programme is offered by Health Education England Thames Valley in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

National recruitment starts in October 2018 for two year Academic Foundation Programmes that begin in August 2019. In the Oxford Foundation School there are 24 programmes available. The recruitment process is managed nationally by the UKFPO and uses the online recruitment system Oriel.

The 24 programmes are available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.

AFPs available in Oxford

There are 24 academic foundation programmes in research available in Oxford. The posts will be based across several trusts during Foundation Year 1 and mainly at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust for Foundation Year 2, and are designed to deliver the core competencies of Foundation training, enhanced with an academic curriculum.

We are keen to encourage applications from talented candidates worldwide.

Only candidates requiring provisional registration and who have not completed a Foundation year 1 or equivalent will be eligible. Candidates must not have full GMC registration at the start of the programme (August 2019).

Trainees are encouraged to select their own area of interest for their research when completing an academic programme. A list of possible mentors is provided within the application pack.  Additional advice on this can be gained from OUCAGS (Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School) when you have been accepted onto the Oxford Academic Foundation Programme.

The full list of academic programmes available within Oxford Foundation School are available via the Oriel Website

Interview process

Interviews for 2019 Academic Foundation Programmes in Oxford will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018. Further information about our local interview process can be found on our AFP interview process page.

How to Apply

It is important that all applicants to 2019 academic programmes read the information provided in the
UKFPO FP/AFP 2019 applicant handbook which is available to download from the UKFPO website.

For more information please refer to the person specification and eligibility criteria on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website.

There are two stages to the application process:

  • Register and enrol on Oriel - from 24 September 2018
    Academic foundation programmes available in each AUoA will be available to view on Oriel from the 20 August 2018.
    The Oriel portal will be accessible via the UKFPO website
    Eligible applicants must first register on Oriel and confirm they are a nominated applicant before they can begin the application process. 
  • Completion of application form 1 to 12 October 2018
    Applicants will need to complete the national online application form on Oriel and then complete additional information for each academic unit of application (AUoA) that they wish to apply to. Applicants to Oxford are not required to attach a CV.
  • Applicants can apply to a maximum of two AUoAs. The application period closes at 12:00 noon (BST) on 12 October 2018
    Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. 



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For any queries regarding the Oxford Academic Foundation Programme Recruitment 2019 please contact us

Frequently Asked Questions

Full guidance should be available on the UKFPO website regarding achievements in the Applicants’ Handbook. Please contact UKFPO in the first instance if you are unsure.

Whitespace Questions

Whitespace questions are to be interpreted by the applicant. No further guidance will be offered.


Longlisting is carried out using the essential eligibility criteria and national person specification criteria, available on the UKFPO website. If the programme is heavily subscribed to we may also consider academic achievement. No further information on the process will be given.


Oxford Foundation School has a rigorous internal scoring process that reflects academic achievement and responses to whitespace questions within Oriel applications. No further information on the process will be given.

Educational Achievements

We will not be able to accept any educational achievements not already part of your application. No exceptions will be made.

Full guidance should be available on the UKFPO website regarding achievements in the Applicants’ Handbook. Please contact UKFPO in the first instance if you are unsure.

If you are still unsure whether you should include an achievement in your application, it is recommended to submit it anyway as it can be excluded at a later stage without penalty.

You must provide evidence that confirms the title, author/s name, publication title and reference for publications that have been submitted but are unpublished (i.e. no PMed-ID). This information can normally be obtained from the front page of your article but not always. You will not need to provide evidence of publications with a PMed-ID as these can be verified electronically before the interviews.

If the achievement is declined as part of the national verification process following appeal, this decision will be final.

Situational Judgement Test

We do not use the SJT score for AFP rankings, however, applicants who do not meet the benchmark pass score will not be eligible to take up a post (as per UKFPO's guidance for all FP/AFP appointments).

"If my AFP application is unsuccessful, can I only apply for an AFP post for F2?"

Yes Oxford Foundation School has an internal Academic F2 recruitment process which occurs during the F1 year.


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