Guidance for applicants on applying to the STP 2021

Important information for prospective applicants to the Scientist Training Programme.


Entry requirements

The person specification, entry requirements and eligibility criteria are available on the Schools website. Applicants should read these to ensure eligibility before applying.


Before starting the STP application

Make sure you read all the information available. Visit our website for guidance on particular aspects, frequently asked questions, person specification, curricula, application deadlines and all other necessary information.

Plan your time. Work out approximately how long it will take you to complete the application form. Take into account that you will need to get feedback from colleagues and that may take time. Try to avoid submitting your application at the last minute. Typically, 60% of applications are submitted in the last 48 hours, which slows the system down due to high volumes of traffic. Under no circumstances will late applications be considered.

Referees should be contacted as early as possible to confirm that they are happy to support the application and provide a reference. Referees will not be contacted until you pass the interviews and are allocated to a training provider.

If you are relying on anticipated qualifications, these will have to be achieved before the start date of the programme in order to be considered eligible.


Information for non-UK applicants

Before you make your application visit the UK Visas and Immigration Service  to check whether or not you are eligible to apply. You must also make sure that you have established your right to work in the UK for the full three years of the programme and you must have this in place for the start date of the programme. Please refer to national guidance from Health Education England and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to confirm whether or not you are eligible to apply.

If you require a Skilled Worker visa (currently known as Tier 2 and changing from January 2021) to work and train in the UK as a healthcare scientist, HEE will provide sponsorship for successful applicants however, please visit the Home Office website for the latest guidance.


Information for applicants with a disability

The School and Health Education England operates under the Disability Confidence scheme to ensure applicants with disabilities are not discriminated against in any of its recruitment processes.


Special circumstances policy for applicants

We implement a special circumstances policy across the STP national recruitment processes, to ensure that applicants with special circumstances and a requirement to train in a particular location are treated in a fair and consistent way.