Becoming a Fellow

So You Want to Be a Fellow?

Becoming a Fellow is more than submitting an application and some references. It begins with making an impact on the NP profession by writing and publishing articles, conducting research, developing clinical practice models, teaching innovations, and influencing health policy.

AANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. Consideration of applying to become an AANP Fellow begins with a self-assessment, followed by securing an invitation by a Fellow who will sponsor your application process.

Review the following information and resources to help determine if you are ready to pursue FAANP membership.

  • Application Criteria

    To apply to become a FAANP member, an applicant must:

    • Have at least one year of continuous AANP membership as of August 1 of the application year and sustained during selection process.
    • Meet the selection criteria of demonstrated exceptional contributions and outcomes in two of the following areas: research, clinical practice, education or policy.
    • Secure an invitation to apply from a primary sponsor and an endorsement to apply from a secondary sponsor.

    The FAANP application opens every August. The selection process is completed in the spring, when inductees are selected. However, the process to prepare for application should start at least a year before the application period.

    Supporting Evidence Examples

    Evidence supporting contributions in each of the four FAANP membership priority areas may include accomplishments such as the examples listed below. In all cases, quantifiable outcomes are critical in supporting the application:

    • Research Investigator led research, translational research and evaluative research with a focus on NPs and their practice. Extensive practice-based outcome research. Accomplishments documented could include the number of grants, awards, publications, and other dissemination activities.
    • Clinical Practice Development of models to influence population health, establishing community-based programs contributing to local community needs, entrepreneurial activities associated with program development or non-traditional practice sites, and influencing professional evidence-based practice standards.
    • Education Teaching innovations or presentations and curriculum development, or NP educational strategies influencing outcomes.
    • Policy Involvement in local, regional, national and international issues, including exemplary service to professional organizations, and interacting with policy or decision makers that affect health policy.
  • How to Secure a Sponsor

    An NP who believes he or she meets the FAANP membership criteria must be invited to apply by an AANP Fellow who will serve as a Primary Sponsor. To secure an invitation of sponsorship:

    • Research the Fellows Listing & Bios to identify those with similar expertise and/or geographic proximity.
    • Share your organized, accurate and up-to-date CV and supporting evidence with potential sponsors, with the goal of having an opportunity to explore their potential sponsorship of your application and/or providing recommendations on strengthening your evidence.
  • Helpful Resources

    Learn more about what it takes to be an AANP Fellow with the following resources and tips.


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