Applying for the EFS


There are three pathways to Fellowship at ANU:

1. The EFS Program (AFHEA, FHEA, and SFHEA applicants)

The EFS Program is the most common route. It provides a scaffolded educational professional development pathway to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Learn more about the EFS Program…

2. Supported direct application to Advance HE (PFHEA applicants only)

ANU does not award Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), but the EFS team can provide mentoring and support for direct application to Advance HE to those who seek to gain this high level of recognition. Email us at if you wish to learn more.

3. Teaching in Medicine (TiM) pathway to AFHEA for clinical/medical educators

ANU offers a Teaching in Medicine (TiM) pathway for clinical and other medical educators who wish to apply for AFHEA. Note that clinical and other medical educators who wish to apply for a FHEA or SFHEA will need to join the EFS Program.

Learn more about the TiM pathway...
This pathway is available in a Professional Development context through the ANU Medical School and the modules run by the Canberra Region Medical Education Council (CRMEC).

In order to qualify for the TiM pathway, you must be:

  • teaching medical students for at least 12 months in the clinical environment;
  • fully registered as a medical practitioner;
  • have attended the ‘Teaching for Clinicians Course’ Part 1 and Part 2.
    This course is run twice yearly and is open to all doctors who are supervising and teaching in the clinical context of patient care.

Assessment via the TiM pathway is available between February and October each year.  Applicants will be advised about the application process during the Course and can apply for assessment up to two years post the Course. Email us at to find more.

Learn more about which pathway is the right one for you...

Prerequisites (all pathways)

Applying for the EFS is free of charge for ANU staff, but there are some eligibility criteria to consider. EFS applicants must:

  • be a current ANU employee, student, or honorary appointee with an ANU email address*;
  • commit to upholding the AdvanceHE Fellows Code of Practice;
  • have undertaken relevant Professional Development;
  • be able to contribute to the EFS, for example as EFS mentor, EFS assessor, or speaker.
* What if I leave ANU before I complete my application?
  • If you leave ANU to move to another university and if they run a similar Fellowship scheme, then you should be able to complete at your new institution.
  • If you are a casual/sessional tutor or demonstrator, and you expect to be re-employed by ANU following a break, then as long as you have been registered in an EFS Program* at least three months prior to your employment break, we will continue to provide mentor support for a further three months or until the next closing date for applications.
  • If your employment ceases at ANU and you have been registered in an EFS Program* for at least three months, and if you feel you will be unlikely to return to ANU, then we will provide mentor support and guidance to you for a further three months as a direct applicant to AdvanceHE (subject to on-going funding). Because a direct application is slightly different to an application through our EFS Program, you will receive additional support from the EFS Team. Note that direct applications to AdvanceHE can be made by individuals without current employment at a university, using a private email account. If you subsequently return to ANU or another university, then you will be able to update your AdvanceHE membership to reflect your change of employment status.

* To be deemed registered in an EFS Program, you need to have attended an EFS Information Session; submitted the completed enrollment form (including a Context Statement); and have been assigned an EFS mentor.