Recognized Fellowship Initiative
To foster high-quality fellowship programs through
support, recognition and visibility, the ACFAS Board of Directors approved the
ACFAS Recognized Fellowship initiative. Programs meeting a list of specific
criteria are officially Recognized by the College and included on a list on the
ACFAS website. For your program to be considered for official
Recognition by the College, you will be required to submit an application. If you are
interested in receiving an application, please send your request to Michelle
Kennedy, Director of Membership & Post Graduate Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Process for Program Status to be Granted by ACFAS
Below are the steps for a new fellowship application to
be received, reviewed and considered for status by the College:
- All completed applications are due by May 1 of
- After May 1, all applicant program directors are
assigned dates for interview with representatives from the ACFAS Fellowship
Committee. These occur in early summer and are assigned in order that
applications are received. The interview is used to determine if the program
meets all requirements as listed in the Minimal Criteria listing.
- In late summer, the Fellowship Committee meets
to review all applications for status. Those programs that are granted status
will be notified as such directly following the meeting, usually in August.
- New programs with ACFAS status are granted
Conditional Status for their first year. After their first year is completed
successfully, they are re-reviewed, and considered for upgrade to full
- The list of the ACFAS
Recognized Fellowships have all met and, in most cases, far exceeded the
College's minimal standards for recognition. Conditional Status programs are in
their inaugural year and will be considered for full recognition after the
first fellow completes their matriculation.
- If you are interested in receiving the
application, please send your request to Michelle Kennedy, Director of Membership
& Post Graduate Affairs, at email@example.com.
Recommended Annual Calendar for Major Program
Fellowships with ACFAS status are located across the
country and have their own timelines and local requirements. However, in order
to make the fellowship application and acceptance process less arduous for
prospective fellows, the College recommends the following date periods for
major program processes:
- Application submission period: June –
- Interviews conducted: June – September
- Fellow Selection: October
- Programs Begin: July or August
The following are financial requirements fellowship
programs must abide by annually:
- New program applications must pay a $1,000 application
fee upon submission.
- Programs with status are required to pay a $300
annual renewal fee. Renewal fee invoices are sent out in the summer.
- Programs with status are required support their
fellow(s) membership in the College. They are also required to allow their
fellow to attend the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference and potentially
exhibit poster or manuscript research projects.
Annual Program Renewal Process
At the end of each fellowship year, each fellowship must
go through the following steps:
- Both the fellowship director and completing
fellow(s) must take an end-of-year exit survey, to communicate what the year
was like for the fellow(s) and to show that the program continues to meet the
listing of Minimal Criteria. For programs with more than one fellow, the
director must complete one survey per fellow.
- Once the exit surveys are submitted and if the
director states that the fellow(s) completed the program successfully, the
College will send a certificate of completion to the fellow(s).
- The program must provide a $300 renewal fee.
- The program must review its College webpage
listing and alert staff of any required updates.
- The incoming fellow(s) must join the College and
be members in good standing during their time matriculating in the fellowship.