Preparing for Fellowship

Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and is a pinnacle of achievement for the profession. It recognises the diversity of individual expertise and achievements.  The diagram below positions the Fellowship award alongside membership categories:











The Preparing for Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity to move your career to the next level. It allows you to consolidate personal development, evidence your professional practice, form new networks and upon successful completion will entitle you to use the post-nominal letters FFGDP(UK). 

Fellowship marks out a candidate's ongoing commitment to professional development, reflective practice and diligence in upholding the highest clinical and other standards in the following domains:

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

The Preparing for Fellowship programme is particularly suited to individuals who can exhibit a significant contribution to the dental profession. You will be required to demonstrate important achievements and impact in the domains highlighted above, over a sustained period via an evidence based portfolio. Central to the portfolio is the Reflective account, which demonstrates how your proficiency as a practitioner has developed through experiential learning.



On engaging with the Fellowship programme, you would be assigned an experienced Facilitator, who will act as your mentor to guide you on the preparation of your portfolio.  In agreeing the milestones that you seek to achieve, the Facilitator will establish the areas of the programme on which you require advice and input and will contact you periodically to ensure that you are making progress.



The Portfolio is the key component for the Preparing for Fellowship assessment. It should provide evidence of your contribution to clinical practice, or other achievement domains, which contribute to the delivery of patient care. It should demonstrate that you are a competent dentist, continually working to improve the standards of patient care. 

The portfolio is designed in such a way to allow you to add further evidence in the future. The portfolio gives candidates an opportunity not only to reflect on their professional development but also to demonstrate high levels of compliance with the standards of conduct, performance and ethics required by the GDC for all dentists. 

The required components are:

  • Introduction – abridged CV
  • Brief personal statement outlining your wish to become an FGDP(UK) Fellow.
  • Evidence to support competencies for each of the 5 domains:
  • Clinical
  • Teaching, Education and Assessment
  • Leadership and Management
  • Law and Ethics Research
  • Reflective account of a chosen domain(s)

Shamir Mehta shares his thoughts on the 'Preparing for Fellowship' programme in our short video.



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 (or equivalent) and FGDP (UK).



You can complete the application form by clicking this link. Please also remember to include:

•    GDC registration number and date of first registration. 
•    Faculty membership number (applicants must be a current member for a minimum of one year before applying).
•    Copies of qualification certificates. (Clinical and non-clinical)

Applications must be submitted to: