Preparing for Fellowship

Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

The Preparation for Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity to move your career to the next level. Fellowships are recognised by the National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a 'level 7' higher education award (equivalent to a Master's Degree).

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

You can apply for Fellowship if you meet the following 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 apply please click here to download the application form.


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

Preparing for Fellowship involves the submission of a portfolio of achievement. The portfolio requires candidates to evidence achievements in primary dental care and their commitment to professional development.

Preparing for Fellowship

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 several online resources which will prepare them for Fellowship.

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