is a broad concept whose exact meaning depends on context. In learned
societies, it refers to a privileged member who is specially elected in recognition of their work and achievements.
Within the context of higher educational institutions, a fellow can be a member of a highly-ranked group of teachers at a particular college or university or a member of the governing body in some universities (such as the Fellows of Harvard College
); it can also be a specially selected postgraduate student who has been appointed to a post (called a fellowship
) granting a stipend, research facilities and other privileges for a fixed period (usually one year or more) in order to undertake some advanced study or research, often in return for teaching services. In the context of research and development-intensive large companies or corporations, the title "fellow" is sometimes given to a small number of senior scientists and engineers. In the context of medical education in North America, a fellow is a physician who is undergoing a supervised, sub-specialty medical training (fellowship) after having completed a specialty training program (residency).
In education and academia there are several kinds of fellowships, awarded for different reasons.
The title of (senior) teaching fellow is used to denote an academic teaching position at a university or similar institution and is roughly equivalent to the title of (senior) lecturer
. The title (senior) fellow
can also be bestowed to an academic member of staff upon retirement who continues to be affiliated to a university in the United Kingdom.
The term teaching fellow or teaching assistant
is used, in the United States and United Kingdom, in secondary school, high school and middle school setting for students or adults that assist a teacher with one or more classes.
In US medical institutions, a fellow refers to someone who has completed residency training (e.g. in internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, etc.) and is currently in a 1 to 3 year subspecialty training program (e.g. cardiology, pediatric nephrology, transplant surgery, etc.).
The title of research fellow may be used to denote an academic position
at a university or a similar institution; it is roughly equivalent to the title of lecturer
in the teaching career pathway.
Research fellow may also refer to the recipient of academic financial grant or scholarship
. For example, in Germany, institutions such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
offer research fellowship for postdoctoral research and refer to the holder as research fellows, while the award holder may formally hold a specific academic title
at their home institution (e.g., Privatdozent
Fellowships as a training program
Fellowships as a special membership grade
Appointment as an honorary fellow in a learned or professional society can be either to honour exceptional achievement or service within the professional domain of the awarding body or to honour contributions related to the domain from someone who is professionally outside it. Membership of the awarding body may or may not be a requirement.
How a fellowship is awarded varies for each society, but may typically involve some or all of these:
- A qualifying period in a lower grade
- Passing a series of examinations
- Nomination by two existing fellows who know the applicant professionally
- Evidence of continued formal training post-qualification
- Evidence of substantial achievement in the subject area
- Submission of a thesis or portfolio of works which will be examined
- Election by a vote of the fellowship
In ancient universities
At the ancient universities
of the University of Oxford
, the University of Cambridge
, and Trinity College, Dublin
, members of the teaching staff typically have two affiliations: one as a reader, lecturer, or other academic rank
within a department of the university, as at other universities, and a second affiliation as a fellow of one of the colleges
of the university. The fellows, sometimes referred to as university dons
, form the governing body
of the college. They may elect a council to handle day-to-day management. All fellows are entitled to certain privileges within their colleges, which may include dining at High Table
(free of charge) and possibly the right to a room in college (free of charge).
At Cambridge, retired academics may remain fellows
. At Oxford, however, a Governing Body fellow would normally be elected a fellow emeritus
and would leave the Governing Body upon his or her retirement.
Distinguished old members of the college, or its benefactors and friends, might also be elected 'Honorary Fellow', normally for life; but beyond limited dining rights
this is merely an honour. Most Oxford colleges have 'Fellows by Special Election' or 'Supernumerary Fellows', who may be members of the teaching staff, but not necessarily members of the Governing Body.
Some senior administrators of a college such as bursars
are made fellows, and thereby become members of the governing body, because of their importance to the running of a college
In the U.S.
Industry and corporate fellows
In industries intensive in science
, and research & development
, companies may appoint a very small number of top senior researchers as corporate, technical or industry fellows, either in Science
or in Engineering
. These are internationally recognized leaders who are among the best in the world in their respective fields.
Notable examples of fellows in scientific, medical and other research-intensive organizations include:
Nonprofit and government fellowships
The title fellow can be used for participants in a professional development program run by a nonprofit
or governmental organization. This type of fellowship is a short term work opportunity (1–2 years)
who already possess some level of academic or professional expertise that will serve the nonprofit mission. Fellows are given a stipend
as well as professional experience and leadership training.
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