There are four fellowship category in the Educational Fellowship Scheme: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship. Keep in mind that every individual has a different story and a different set of experiences. The key to deciding the appropriate level of recognition for you is to consider the evidence you have to show that you meet a specific “Descriptor”, which is a set of criteria described in the Professional Standards Framework (PSF).
You can also apply for one fellowship category and then “upgrade” to a different category over time. This can be useful if you are pressed for time as it scaffolds the development of your application. EFS mentors will be available at the Information Session to help you decide if you have any doubt.
Below are the corresponding Descriptors for each fellowship category. You must address the specific Descriptor for your fellowship category in your application.
Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA) Criteria (Descriptor 1)
Fellow of the HEA (FHEA) Criteria (Descriptor 2)
Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Criteria (Descriptor 3)
Principal Fellow (PFHEA) Criteria (Descriptor 4)