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A fellow is a member of a group (or fellowship) that work together in pursuing mutual knowledge or practice.[1] There are many different kinds of fellowships which are awarded for different reasons in academia and industry, often indicating an advanced level of scholarship.

Contents

1 Education and academia

1.1 Research fellowships 1.2 Teaching fellowships 1.3 Fellowships as a prize or honor 1.4 Ancient university fellowships 1.5 Medical fellowships

2 Industry and corporate fellowships

2.1 Fellowships in commercial organizations 2.2 Nonprofit and government fellowships

3 References

Education and academia[edit] In education and academia there are several kinds of fellowships, awarded for different reasons: Research fellowships[edit] Main article: Research fellow The title of research fellow is used to denote an academic research position at a university or a similar institution and is roughly equivalent to the title of lecturer in the teaching career pathway.[citation needed] Research fellow is also used to refer to the holder of a research fellowship. These are often shortened to the name of the programme or organization, e.g. Dorothy Hodgkin
Dorothy Hodgkin
Fellow rather than Dorothy Hodgkin
Dorothy Hodgkin
Research Fellow, except where this might cause confusion with another fellowship, e.g. Royal Society
Royal Society
University Research Fellowship).[2][3][4][5] In the context of graduate school in the United States
United States
and Canada, a fellow is a recipient of a postgraduate fellowship. Examples include the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rosenthal Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and the Presidential Management Fellowship. It is granted to prospective or current students, on the basis of their academic or research achievements. In the UK, research fellowships are awarded to support postdoctoral researchers such as those funded by the Wellcome Trust[6] and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
(BBSRC).[7] At ETH Zurich, postdoctoral fellowships support incoming researchers.[8] The MacArthur Fellows Program
MacArthur Fellows Program
(aka "genius grant") as prestigious research fellowship awarded in the United States. Teaching fellowships[edit] Main article: Teaching fellow 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.[9] Fellowships as a prize or honor[edit] Main articles: Research fellow, Category:Academic awards, and Honorary title (academic) Fellowships can be awarded as a prize in their own right, e.g. the Fellowship of the Royal Society
Royal Society
(FRS) and Fellows are often the highest grade of membership of many professional associations or learned societies, for example, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators or Royal College of Surgeons. Lower grades are referred to as members (who typically share voting rights with the fellows), or associates (who may or may not, depending on whether "associate" status is a form of full membership). 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

Exclusive learned societies such as the Royal Society
Royal Society
have Fellow as the only grade of membership, others like the Faculty of Young Musicians (now defunct) have members holding the post of Associate and posts Honoris Causa. The Management and Strategy Institute has two membership grades titled Fellow and Senior Fellow.[10] Examples of Fellowship in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada
Canada
include:

Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
(FRS) Fellow of the American Physical Society
American Physical Society
(FAPS) Fellow of the American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society
(FACS) Fellow of the American Guild of Organists
American Guild of Organists
(FAGO) Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(FAAAS) Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (FAIMBE) Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery
Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery
(FACM) Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
(FHS) Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
(FLSW) Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DFBCS) Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (FSIAM) Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (FISCB) Fellow of the Royal College of Organists
Royal College of Organists
(FRCO) Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London
Royal Philatelic Society London
(FRPSL) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Edinburgh (FRSE) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Arts (FRSA) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Chemistry (FRSC) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada
Canada
(FRSC) Fellow of the Institute of Physics
Fellow of the Institute of Physics
(FInstP) Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
(FRGS) Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
(FRAeS) Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
(FRAS) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
(FRCP) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
(FAA) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Literature (FRSL) Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
of Biology (FRSB) Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS) Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
(FSA) Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
(FZS) Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
(FLS) Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (FAAAI) Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
(FREng) Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society(FRPharmS)

Appointment as an honorary fellow in a learned or professional society can be either to honour exceptional achievement and/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. Ancient university fellowships[edit] See also: President and Fellows of Harvard College Colleges of the ancient universities at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin, 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
High Table
(free of charge) and possibly the right to a room in college (free of charge). At Cambridge, retired academics may remain fellows.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] At Harvard University
Harvard University
and some other universities in the United States, "fellows" are members of the Board of Trustees who hold administrative positions as non-executive trustee rather than academics.[citation needed] Medical fellowships[edit] Main article: Fellowship (medicine) 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.). Industry and corporate fellowships[edit] The use of Fellowships to award individuals in academia and education has been copied outside the Ivory towers: Fellowships in commercial organizations[edit] See also: IBM Fellow and ICL Fellows Large corporations in research and development-intensive industries (IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Google
Google
or Apple in information technology, Bell Labs, Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman
or L3 Technologies
L3 Technologies
in telecommunications, United Technologies
United Technologies
in aerospace, and Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific
in medical devices for example) appoint a small number of senior engineers and scientists as Technical Fellows. Technical Fellow is the most senior rank or title one can achieve in a technical career, though some fellows also hold business titles such as vice president or chief technology officer. Nonprofit and government fellowships[edit] 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)[11] for professionals 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. References[edit]

^ "Oxford English Dictionary: Fellow". oed.com. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required) ^ "Research Fellows Directory". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.  ^ "Research Fellows". Imperial College London. Retrieved 19 June 2016.  Contains examples (as of 19 June 2016) of staff titled "Research Fellow", "Junior Research Fellow", " Royal Society
Royal Society
– EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin
Dorothy Hodgkin
Research Fellow" and "Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellow". ^ "University Research Fellowship: for outstanding scientists in the UK". Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03.  ^ Cook, Alan (2000). "URFs become FRS: Frances Ashcroft, Athene Donald and John Pethica". Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 54 (3): 409–411. doi:10.1098/rsnr.2000.0181.  ^ Anon (2016). "Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships". wellcome.ac.uk. London: Wellcome Trust.  ^ Anon (2016). "David Phillips Fellowships". bbsrc.ac.uk. Swindon: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  ^ Anon (2016). " ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich
Postdoctoral Fellowships (ETH Fellows)". ethz.ch.  ^ "North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program". teachingfellows.org. Teaching Fellows. Retrieved 2013-12-04.  ^ "Management and Strategy Institute Fellowship Program".  ^ UVM Career Services. "Find Non-Profit Fellowships". University of Vermont. Retrieved 1

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