Preparing for Fellowship

Register your interest

The Fellowship programme has been recently reviewed and a new Fellowship Competence Framework has been developed. Preparations are being made for the reinstatement of the Fellowship for those who have already started, and this is now open to new candidates.

Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and is a pinnacle of achievement for the profession.

Fellowship recognises the diversity of an individual’s expertise and their achievements in delivering excellence in primary dental care. It acknowledges a candidate's ongoing commitment to professional development and reflective practice, and, diligence in upholding the highest clinical and/or non-clinical standards in the following domains:

  • Clinical
  • Management and/or leadership
  • Teaching, education and/or assessment
  • Research
  • Law and Ethics

Eligibility and Registration for the Fellowship Programme

A general dental practitioner is eligible to apply for Fellowship if he/she meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Postgraduate qualification/s.
  • Registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) in the United Kingdom (or by an equivalent body approved by the Faculty).
  • Full FGDP(UK) membership for one year.
  • Be of good standing with the GDC and FGDP(UK).

To register your interest please contact the Fellowship Team on

When we receive your email, we will send you a brief registration form to complete.


A candidate may enrol for the Fellowship assessment once they have been formally registered as a candidate by the Faculty. 

Fellowship by assessment involves the submission of a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio requires candidates to evidence achievements in primary dental care and their commitment to professional development and reflective practice. All candidates will be required to submit their portfolio via the Faculty’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Preparing for Fellowship

We have rebranded the “route to Fellowship” as “Preparing for Fellowship”, to give clarity to the place of the programme in the overall career development programme.

The Preparing for Fellowship programme is designed to inspire Members (of one year’s standing) to foresee opportunity for themselves in Fellowship. For a modest subscription to the programme, participants will be able to access to several online resources which will prepare them for Fellowship.