Prepare for Fellowship

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 will shortly be opened 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 merits the diversity of an individual’s expertise, encompassing their achievements in delivering excellence in primary dental care, their 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



A candidate may enrol for the Fellowship assessment once they have been formally registered as a candidate by the Faculty. If you are not a registered candidate please click here to be redirected to our webpage on registration.

Fellowship by assessment involves the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

The portfolio assessment requires the candidate to submit a portfolio evidencing his/her high standard of work and achievements in primary dental care and his/her commitment to professional development and reflective practice. All candidates will be required to submit their portfolio via the Faculty’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Further information about the Fellowship assessment, portfolio requirements and assessment criteria please is listed at Fellowship Resources.


Fellowship Assessment Calendar

Fellowship assessment occurs biannually, in Summer and Autumn. Details of the current and future assessment sessions can be found via the following links: 2017 Fellowship Assessment Calendar.

Applications for the Autumn 2017 Assessment are now open.

Please note theses assessment dates are applicable to registered candidates only.

An Assessment Calendar for 2018 will be announced shortly.



The Fellowship fees for candidates who are currently registered is £1900.

Fellowship fees for newly registered candidates is under review.



The Faculty provides a number of resources to assist candidates in obtaining Fellowship of the FGDP(UK), including access to study group sessions, mentoring and various guidance documents.


Advisors and Assessors

Fellowship Advisors and Assessors are Fellows of the FGDP(UK) with expertise and knowledge in one or more domain and are appointed by the Faculty to mentor and provide support to candidates. A candidate may nominate a Fellowship Advisor when they enrol for an Assessment Date or ask to be appointed one by the Faculty.

Further information about Fellowship Advisors and their role can be found in the Candidates Guide.



Candidates Guide

Example of Fellowship Portfolio

Regulations (current programme)

Regulations (new Fellowship Framework)


Study Groups

We will be supporting the development of Fellowship Study Groups across the UK designed to provide flexible support to candidates including advice and guidance on building a portfolio, reflective writing, producing case studies, time management and information about the process for achieving Fellowship.

We anticipate these groups will arrange expert speakers to discuss a range of topics and provide a valuable opportunity for candidates (and potential candidates) to network, practise management and leadership skills.

If you are interested in setting up a study group, please email the Faculty on for further details.


Contact Us, Feedback and Complaints

For all feedback and enquires about Fellowship of the FGDP(UK) please contact the Fellowship Team via the following details:

Phone: 020 7869 6772


Post: Fellowship Team

Faculty of General Dental Practice

Royal College of Surgeons of England

35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London WC2A 3PE


Please attention any complaints or concerns about Fellowship to the Education Manager via email


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.

During 2017-18 we will be finalising the application process for this programme.


Fellowship Engagement Programme

The Fellowship Engagement Programme aims to develop a wide and thriving community of highly professional dentists. This programme will provide the opportunity for further career enhancement.

We propose to devise a Fellowship Engagement programme that provides the opportunity for self-development through involvement in:

  • Mentoring FGDP(UK) Members in the Career Development Programme (see above)
  • Participation in an FGDP(UK) professional leadership forum, structured around an annual series of events.
  • Peer-to-peer support facilitated by FGDP(UK).