Recognition of your expertise
We award four categories of fellowship that recognise your role in teaching and/or supporting higher education learning:
These four categories reflect the diverse roles of those who teach and support learning in higher education, from positions where teaching and learning is only part of the role, to senior professionals with strategic impact on teaching and learning at an organisational, national or international level.
Fellowships are awarded based on evidence of personal professional practice that meets the requirements of the Professional Standards Framework 2023 (PSF 2023), the standards framework for the higher education sector. The category of fellowship you can apply for will depend on which of the four Descriptors of the PSF 2023 is most appropriate to your practice and professional experience.
Why consider Fellowship?
Fellowships are embedded in the UK and have been adopted by increasing numbers of higher education institutions globally, from the Americas to Australasia. As of July 2023, there are over 174,000 fellows across the world.
Fellowship brings you a range of benefits:
- Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;
- Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions;
- Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
- Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;
- For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA);
To make it easier for you to find out everything you need to know about Fellowship, we have created a downloadable Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.
Introducing the Professional Standards Framework 2023 (PSF 2023)
Launched in 2006 and last revised in 2011, the Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (PSF) has global recognition for raising the profile of teaching and learning in higher education. The PSF’s contribution to reward and recognition is unsurpassed, being used by individuals, institutions and national bodies.
Following a sector and evidence led review, the PSF 2023 is a more inclusive Framework that recognises the critical role of the context in which practice takes place and is more accessible to all professionals with a role in teaching and supporting learning.
Its focus on effectiveness and impact of practice drives attention to improved outcomes for learners across the global community. The concise, streamlined approach offers clarity and ease of use in professional development, leadership of teaching and learning, strategic enhancement and in fellowship and accreditation settings.
We opened the applications for fellowship for each of the four categories supported by the PSF 2023 on 12 April 2023, new guidance documents and templates are available in an information pack on each of the category of fellowship web pages.
We will continue to welcome applications made against PSF 2011 until 31 December 2023 for individuals already in the process of developing their application. If you would like to apply under UKPSF 2011 please visit UKPSF 2011 fellowship application resources.
Applying for a fellowship against the UKPSF 2011?
If you are preparing an application against the UKPSF 2011, you MUST submit this by 31 December 2023. You must ensure that your application only references UKPSF 2011 Dimensions and Descriptors.
You can find relevant guidance documents and templates on this web page.
From 1 January 2024, only applications made against PSF 2023, using the correct PSF 2023 templates will be accepted. Your application MUST NOT reference aspects of UKPSF 2011 such as Core Knowledge K6. Any such references will result in your application being returned.
Fellowship Category Tool
Our Fellowship Category Tool has been designed to help you understand which category of Fellowship most closely reflects your current practice and to reflect on your ongoing professional development and career aspirations.
After you have answered a series of choice questions, which will take around 10-20 minutes, you will be shown your results and a PDF report summarising your responses will be sent to you.
Applying for Fellowship
Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of one of the four PSF Descriptors. There are two different routes to becoming a Fellow:
- Individual direct application to Advance HE - for those wishing to apply through submission of an evidence-based account of practice supported by referees or advocates and which is peer-reviewed.
- Completion of accredited programmes - Advance HE accredits institutional programmes (programmes and continuing professional development schemes/frameworks) against each of the 4 Descriptors.
We have a number of services available to support you if you are thinking of applying for one of our categories of Fellowship, from our Fellowship Application Builder online course (designed for Descriptor 2 of the PSF) to Senior and Principal Fellow Writing Retreats designed to help you create an application that fully reflects your practice.
Do you want to support your staff to achieve Fellowship?
Advance HE offers Fellowship support to institutions through a structured process:
- Fellowship workshops - sessions helping your staff understand Fellowship and the application process
- Fellowship Writing Retreats - expert support providing a structured and guided environment in which to construct an application for Fellowship
- draft Fellowship applications reviews - a consultant will review applications and provide annotated feedback, including points for further development.
All of these services can be delivered online.
Application fees vary depending on the route you take to Fellowship, with individuals from subscribing institutions benefiting from discounted fees.
|Accredited Provision (individual from a member institution)||Accredited Provision (individual from a non-member institution)||Direct application to Advance HE (individual from a member institution)||Direct application to Advance HE (individual from non-member institution)|
|Associate Fellow||No cost||£150||£150||£300|
|Senior Fellow||No cost||£330||£330||£660|
|Principal Fellow||No cost||£550||£550||£1100|
Update to eligibility in the UK and Australasia
Following consultation in the UK and Australasian HE sectors in 2018, eligibility for Fellowship has been extended to include specific groups of higher education (HE) practitioners working in the UK and Australasia. Please refer to the Advance HE update on widening eligibility for further details.
Accreditation is the means through which institutions can have their commitment to teaching and learning recognised by aligning the development they provide for their staff against the Professional Standard for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (PSF 2023). Once accredited, institutions can award Fellowships to their staff who meet the requirements of the PSF demonstrating to all stakeholders that the institutional and individual are committed to educational excellence.
We have appointed a Fellowship and Accreditation Expert Advisory Group
Advance HE has formed a Fellowship and Accreditation Expert Advisory Group to provide expert advice and guidance to Advance HE staff, our Peer Review Quality (PRQ) Committee and ultimately the Advance HE Board on matters relating to Fellowship and accreditation services.
Advance HE has appointed 14 members, including a Chair, to the Fellowship and Accreditation Expert Advisory Group made up of UK and international Advance HE member institutions with a high-level understanding of higher education in a wide variety of contexts.