Guidance

Thinking of applying to the STP?

Last Updated: 27th October 2020

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master’s degree. Are you thinking of applying? If so, this guidance is for you and will answer all the common questions for applications.

How is the programme financed?

As an STP trainee you will be employed by an NHS Trust (or in some cases, by an NHS private partner or a private healthcare provider) for the duration of the three year programme.

Frequently asked questions

How much will I be paid during the training programme?

While on the three year programme you will be salaried at AfC Band 6 per annum.

Funding for any additional expenses is entirely a local decision and should be discussed and agreed with the commissioner, and managed by the employer. We strongly urge that applicants contact any potential employers regarding additional expenses early on in the process to ensure that they are able to make an informed decision when choosing their choice(s) of specialism(s) and location/employer(s).

Will I have to contribute to the academic tuition fees?

No; the tuition fees for the academic part of the training programme is fully funded.

Is there any additional financial support available, other than the salary?

Funding to support travel and accommodation at university or other events may be available. However such funding is at the discretion of the employer and may be subject to local availability. You should contact the relevant department or Health Education England Local Team for further advice.