Applying for Fellowship

You can apply for admission to Fellowship of the College – the mark of accomplishment in dentistry – by two routes:

By experience
recognition for accomplishment

You may have a wealth of validated experience through your career that qualifies you for admission as a Fellow of the College.

If you can meet (and evidence) the standard which we define in three of five specified Domains of capability, we would welcome an application.

Shortly, we plan to introduce specific Fellowships for each role in the wider dental team (role-based Fellowships), recognising accomplishment in all its forms.

By equivalence
we recognise other dental fellowships for admission

If you already hold a Fellowship from an organisation that we have already identified as equivalent, you will need to submit evidence of that Fellowship (usually a Certificate of Admission).

“I…realised that, over the years, I had gained quite a bit of the required experience, and now, I would meet almost all the criteria. Naturally, I jumped at the chance” Anoup Nandra FCGDent

Read the stories of four Fellows who gained Fellowship through the experience route.

Life Fellowship
Eligible for Fellowship and retired? Join our very special community

On retiring, Fellows, and those whose careers meet the requirements of Fellowship, are invited to apply to become a Life Fellow.

Life Fellows form a distinguished community of former practitioners, whose contributions help secure the future of the College.

As a Life Fellow, you continue to enjoy the benefits of retired membership in addition to invitations to the regular Fellows’ Receptions and the chance to join the 1992 Circle. You may also continue to use Fellowship postnominals, FCGDent and will receive a special lapel pin.

To apply for Life Fellowship, you must be:

  • at least 65 years old
  • no longer practising
  • no longer registered with the General Dental Council or any equivalent overseas regulatory or licensing body
  • in good standing within the profession.

Subject to these requirements, eligibility for Life Fellowship is automatic for current or former Fellows of the:

  • College of General Dentistry (FCGDent or FCGDent(Hon.))
  • former Faculty of General Dental Practice (FFGDP(UK) or FFGDP(UK)(Hon.))
  • Faculties of Dental Surgery (FDS) or Dentistry (FFD) of the Royal Colleges of the UK or Ireland
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS)
  • Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCDC)
  • College of Dentistry of South Africa (FCD(SA))

Eligibility for Life Fellowship is also automatic for those who have been Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry.

One-off membership fee

  • Dentists: £2,500
  • Dental hygienists, dental therapists, orthodontic nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians: £1,700
  • Dental nurse: £850

If you are interested in becoming a Life Fellow, please contact Sir Nairn Wilson, Honorary Founding President, at [email protected]

“Becoming a Life Fellow and member of the 1992 Circle allows me to stay in touch and continue to contribute.”

Alasdair Miller FCGDent talks to Sir Nairn Wilson CBE about becoming one of the College’s first Life Fellows – read Alasdair’s story