Applying to be a Fellow of the HEA

Welcome to the application process for becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Benefits of Recognition

By applying to become a Fellow you will have the opportunity to:

  • Think deeply about and thereby enhance the quality and effectiveness of your work in the area of teaching and supporting learning in HE;
  • Ensure your practice as a teacher and/or supporter of learning is aligned with a nationally recognised standard for HE
  • Gain national recognition for your role as a teacher and/or supporter of learning within the HE context.

You will need to have access to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and a working knowledge of its contents in order to prepare your application. Below is an overview of the process for applying to become a Fellow. If you are already familiar with this or just want to proceed with your application then click here to Start your Application. If you are not yet sure whether Fellow is the right category for you go to our Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the main evidence requirements for Fellowship?

There are two main parts to your application:

  • An Account of Professional Practice (APP)
  • Supporting statements from two referees (REF)

The heart of your application will be the completion of an Account of your Professional Practice as a teacher and/or supporter of learning. In this account you should explain how you meet the requirements outlined in Descriptor 2 of the Framework.

Your application must also include supporting statements from two referees. The referees should be colleagues who are in a position to comment, on your record of effectiveness in relation to teaching and the support of learning.

In addition, the Academy requires that your application is endorsed by a signatory who will confirm that your application has institutional approval.

For an overview of how long the process should take, you may download the timeline for processing experienced route applications (452KB).

What do you need to do to apply?

In summary, to apply you need to:

  1. Prepare your APP using the template provided
  2. Obtain two referee statements
  3. Obtain institutional approval
  4. Complete the online application form and upload your APP and referee statements
  5. Pay the appropriate fee

How will your application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed by a panel of two accreditors.

View the evaluation form used by accreditors to assess Fellow applications (184KB).

How much will it cost?

The fee for your application is £200 if you belong to a subscribing institution or £300 if not. You will receive a request for payment once the first stage of your application has ben processed.

If your institution will be paying for your application on your behalf, and they wish to do so within the current financial year, please be aware that we will need to receive your applicaiton no later than 31 May so that we can process the payment before the year end (31 July).

Please view our list of subscribing institutions to confirm whether your employer is an HEA subscriber.

What if I have other questions?

Please refer to the FAQ section. If you cannot find the answer you need, please email and one of the team will be happy to help you. You can also ring us on +4 (0)1904 717500.

The following pages provide more detailed guidance. You can either read them online or download the Fellow Guidance (DOCX, 373KB). However some of the links and functionality of the on-line information will not be available in the downloaded document.

Please note that due to an upgrade of our database it may take longer than normal to acknowledgement receipt of applications, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Go to Step 1: Prepare your App to begin.