The EFS Program


The EFS Program 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). This program runs twice a year, in accordance with the ANU Academic Calendar, and is administered by the Promoting Excellence Team at the ANU Centre for Learning & Teaching.

EFS Program dates
SEM 1 of 2022 Program (March 2022 - September 2022)
This Program started in March 2022 and enrolments have closed. Applicants in the Program are encouraged to submit their Fellowship application by the application closing date of 2 September 2022.
SEM 2 of 2022 Program (September 2022 - March 2023)
This Program supported continuing enrollees only. Applicants in this Program will be encouraged to submit their Fellowship application by the application closing date of 3rd March 2023.
SEM 1 of 2023 Program (March 2023 - September 2023)
To join this Program, you will need to attend an ‘EFS Information Session’ in March 2023. If you wish to be notified via email when these sessions are scheduled, please complete this form. Applicants in this Program will be encouraged to submit their Fellowship application by the application closing date in early September 2023 (exact date to be announced).


Other pathways to Fellowship at ANU

If you are a clinical or medical educator, you might also be able to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) through the ANU Teaching in Medicine (TiM) pathway. Learn more…

If you wish to apply for Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), then please email us at to ask about mentoring and support for direct application to Advance HE.

EFS Program overview

The EFS Program is a semester-long program that involves your active engagement throughout. It is a developmental scheme, so mentoring and peer engagement are part of the process. For your benefit, you are required to have had feedback at least once on each component of your application from your EFS mentor before submitting. You are also encouraged to talk to EFS Fellows in your College.

Watch the video or click here to learn about the key steps in the EFS Program
To apply for an AFHEA, FHEA, or SFHEA through the EFS Program, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Attend an ‘EFS information session’ and review the ‘ANU EFS Information booklet’.
    Register your interest in these sessions by completing this form. You will be contacted via email when the next sessions are scheduled. The ‘ANU EFS Information Booklet’ will be shared at the session.
  2. Review the eligibility criteria and closing dates of the next assessment cycles.
    The closing dates for the assessment cycles take place in March (for the SEM2 Program) and September (for the SEM1 Program) each year.
    The exact closing dates can be found above (under ‘EFS Program dates’) and in the EFS Wattle course (available to current applicants only).
  3. Submit the Program enrolment form, attaching your draft ‘context statement’.
    The link to the enrolment form and information on the context statement are shared at the ‘EFS information session’.
  4. Get matched with an EFS mentor, and complete the AdvanceHE Fellowship Category Tool together.
    You will be matched to an EFS mentor shortly after the closing date for the Program enrolment form, and will be informed of your match via email.
  5. Work with your EFS mentor and the EFS resources as you write the remainder of your EFS application.
    The mentorship period takes up to five months, involving a series of consultative meetings. Throughout this period, you will have access to the EFS Wattle course which holds online resources to help you work through your application.
  6. Using the application form, submit your final application as one PDF document – remember to include your referee reports! Senior Fellow applicants will be invited to attend a Professional Conversation after we receive their submission.
    Application forms and further information on how to submit can be found in the EFS Wattle course.
  7. Receive your application outcome within six to ten weeks after the closing date for application submissions.
    You will be notified via email and will then be able to create a ‘My Advance HE’ account and request your Fellowship certificate. For a step-by-step explanation, please consult this guide.

Note that you can submit your application at any time, but you will only receive an application outcome after the next cycle of assessment has taken place. This happens twice a year, in March/April and September/October, and you can expect an outcome by the end of May and the end of November respectively.