Fellowship can be gained by individuals internationally; institutions can gain accreditation through becoming a subscriber to Advance HE.
Which category is for you?
In deciding which category of Fellowship to apply for at this stage in your career, you will need to determine which of the four Descriptors of the UKPSF is most appropriate to your practice and professional experience. Each Descriptor sets out the requirements for a category of Fellowship as below:
Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
+ an early-career researcher with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD student, graduate training assistant, contract researcher/ post-doctoral researchers)
+ new to HE teaching, have a limited teaching portfolio or teach part-time
+ a member of staff who supports academic provision (e.g. learning technologist, learning developer and learning resource/library staff)
+ a member of staff who undertakes the role of demonstrator/technician roles with some teaching-related responsibilities
+ an experienced member of staff in a relevant professional area who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning, or who have a limited teaching portfolio
+ an early-career academic
+ in an academic-related and/or support role holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
+ an experienced academic, relatively new to higher education.
+ a member of staff with, sometimes significant, teaching-only responsibilities, including for example, within work-based settings
Senior Fellow (SFHEA)
+ an experienced member of academic staff who is able to demonstrate impact and influence through, for example, responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes for subjects/disciplines
+ an experienced subject mentor or someone who supports those new to teaching
+ an experienced member of staff with departmental and/or wider teaching/learning support advisory responsibilities within your institution
Principal Fellow (PFHEA)
+ a highly experienced senior member of staff with wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning
+ responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policymaking in the area of teaching and learning
+ staff who have strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution
Our new Fellowship Category Tool has been designed to help you to reflect on your practice.
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. You will be able to use this to understand which category of Fellowship most closely reflects your current practice and to reflect on your ongoing professional development and career aspirations.
Applications are made online by logging into My Advance HE. Check your account details are correct so that you receive email correspondence. The application process is different depending on the category of Fellowship you wish to apply for. For Associate Fellow and Fellow the application consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), two supporting statements from referees and payment of a fee where applicable. If you are applying for Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA) there are additional application requirements. To start your application, click 'Find out more' for the relevant category to you and request an information pack.
You will be informed by your programme leader if your course is accredited by Advance HE.
If you have completed a course and you are not employed by a subscribing institution your Fellowship award is subject to a fee.
As a programme leader you may be contacted by individuals who have completed Advance HE accredited courses or programmes and asked to be registered for Fellowship via My Advance HE.
Application fees 2020-21
Application fees vary depending on the route you take to Fellowship, with individuals from subscribing institutions benefiting from discounted fees. See the costs associated with each category of Fellowship by clicking on the links below:
Individuals who have successfully completed an Advance HE accredited course can apply for Fellowship by making a request to their programme leader where they studied to enter their details in the respective institution’s accredited provision section in the My Advance HE portal.
How the application is reviewed
All applications for Fellowships are appraised by experienced peer reviewers, chosen for their extensive knowledge and practice of review in teaching and learning. They include specialist educators and expert practitioners across disciplines.
Applications for AFHEA, FHEA and SFHEA will be reviewed by two peer reviewers while applications for PFHEA will be reviewed by three peer reviewers. Successful applicants enjoy a host of benefits on gaining Fellowship, so we recommend that you consider the Guide to Fellowship and FAQs carefully before submitting your application.
Please complete the form below to request an information pack, including FAQs and more information about applying for fellowship.
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.