STP Direct entry guidance for applicants and employers (2021)

This guidance is for STP applicants and employers and contains information about applying to the STP, using the online application portal, shortlisting and interviews.



At the School, we manage recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in England.  Health authorities in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland manage their own recruitment to the programme.

This guidance is for applicants and employers on the 2021 national recruitment and selection process for direct entry to the STP including:

  • National advertising
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Allocation of trainees to host training placements
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Employment of trainees by NHS Trusts

Employers involved in recruitment, and their human resources departments, should read this information in full.  If you need any further information or advice, please contact


Your feedback on the recruitment process

You will be invited to participate in a national feedback survey. Feedback received from previous surveys has resulted in process improvements, so please help us by completing the survey. We will let you know when this survey is available.