Becoming a Fellow

Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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. Information is provided to assist NPs in determining if they are ready to pursue FAANP membership.

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.

  • FAANP Application Overview

    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 fall. 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.
  • Securing 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.
  • Resources

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

  • Applicant FAQs

    How do I apply?

    • Have at least one year of continuous AANP membership as of August 1 of the application year and sustained during the 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.

    What is the responsibility of the applicant?

    • It is the responsibility of the applicant to present evidence of excellence in two of the areas selected. The evidence must clearly identify achievements throughout their NP career that exceed the expectations of their positions and job descriptions.

    What is the application timeline?

    • The self-assessment process should start at least a year prior to the application period. The FAANP nomination application launches in August and closes in October. The review process is traditionally completed in March and at such time, all applicants and sponsors are notified of final decision. Those selected will begin preparation for FAANP induction at the AANP National Conference in June.

    How does the application process work?

    Applying to FAANP is a three-step process:

    • Self-Assessment: Encourage your applicant to complete a self-assessment to determine if they are ready to meet the stringent criteria for fellowship. Review their CV and discuss their strengths and weaknesses for application.
    • Submission: The primary sponsor initiates the invitation by submitting applicant’s name into the FAANP nomination application online portal. Then, applicant receives automated email notification with unique web address link, which grants them access to the online application. There, the applicant will pay the application fee, select their secondary sponsor and populate their applications. Next, the sponsors will be notified to complete their respective portions of the application and review that of their applicant’s work. After which, the applicant has opportunity for a final review and/or edit, based on sponsor feedback, prior to their formal application submission. Incomplete submissions at time of deadline will not be reviewed.
    • Review: Members of the FAANP Selection Committee are assigned to review application materials. It is a detailed and lengthy process to vet every applicant. All applicants and sponsors will be notified after the committee decisions are finalized.

    What online resources are recommended in preparation of application?

    • Review the Officers of FAANP and Fellows bios via the FAANP Leadership and Fellows Listing & Bios pages.
    • Network with Fellows at AANP Conferences.
    • Familiarize yourself with the FAANP Forum newsletter and FAANP initiatives.
    • Read So you want to be a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: Navigating the Fellowship process to ensure your success, published in JAANP, Volume 29, Issue 9, September 2017, pages 501-505, authors: Alicia Gill Rossiter, Valerie Sabol and Rodney Hicks.
    • Look through the So You Want to be a Fellow slide presentation, for a one-stop overview of FAAANP including future Fellow tips, examples of viable evidence and supporting documents, application deficiency information, and more.

    Do I need to hold national certification to apply for Fellows?

    • It is a professional responsibility and a quality indicator to maintain national certification as a nurse practitioner. Special circumstances can be discussed with sponsors.

    Do I need to be a member of AANP to apply for the Fellowship?

    • You must be a full AANP NP member for at least one continuous year as of August 1 of application year and sustain membership throughout selection process.

    What are the commitments for active fellows?

    • Two meetings a year, read the materials and announcements and submit contributions to AANP and the Fellows newsletter for publication. Fellows are expected to continue the work of leadership and mentorship and participate as role models.

    How do I find sponsors?

    • Research the Fellows Listing & Bios to identify those with similar expertise and/or geographic proximity.
    • Sponsors need to have firsthand knowledge of the accomplishments of applicants. One way to find a sponsor is to begin with a mentorship program. Many fellows work with prospective nurse practitioners early in their career and guide them in the leadership learning process.
    • Share your organized, accurate and up-to-date CV and supporting evidence with potential sponsors for recommendations.

    May I use abbreviations and acronyms in the application since the word count is limited?

    • Abbreviations and acronyms may not be universal and can lead to confusion.

    What are considered significant contributions in a focus area?

    • Contributions include what you have done to impact the role of nurse practitioners, AANP or patient care. It is important to identify the significance and scope of the accomplishments and contributions.

    Do I list my grants and research funding?

    • In identifying grants and research, the applicant must write to the scope, significance, outcome and impact of the research and list any related publications.

    Does it matter how far back I go in my career to find examples to use in my focus areas?

    • There is no timeline on the number of years of NP experience required to apply for Fellowship, however the examples must detail only your NP experience, and not RN or other career markers. We realize some examples of exemplar NP situations may be at least 50 years old! Examples of your work should meet the criteria you identified and the significant role contributing to your achievements in your career.

    May I reapply if I am not accepted into the fellowship?

    • Nominees have many outstanding accomplishments; however, the listed accomplishments may fall short of the goal of describing the significant exemplar achievements for one, or both, of the focus areas as ranked by the selection committee members. With your sponsors input and support, you may choose to reapply in a subsequent year.
  • Sponsor FAQs

    How do I nominate a colleague for the fellowship?

    • Only AANP Fellows in good standing may nominate an eligible candidate. Eligible candidates must be an AANP NP member for at least one continuous year as of August 1 of nomination year and sustain membership throughout selection process.
    • The application requires the commitment of two Fellows. One is designated the primary sponsor and the other is the secondary sponsor. The primary sponsor submits their nomination online through the nomination application portal linked within the FAANP listserv announcement email. The primary sponsor takes the lead from start to finish.

    What is the responsibility of the sponsor?

    • Sponsors testify to their candidate’s readiness for fellowship and first-hand knowledge of their achievements.
    • Sponsors complete a supporting statement, which cites specific evidence of their candidate’s significant contributions in in two selected focus areas.
    • Sponsors ensure all application materials are reviewed with the candidate prior to formal submission.

    How many NPs can a fellow nominate each year?

    • On an annual basis, a Fellow may only nominate one NP as a primary sponsor and one as a secondary sponsor.

    May a first-year fellow sponsor an applicant?

    • It is highly advisable to be a fellow for a minimum of one full year prior to sponsoring an applicant.

    What is the application timeline?

    • The self-assessment process should start at least a year prior to the application period. The FAANP nomination application launches in August and closes in October. The review process is traditionally completed in March and at such time, all applicants and sponsors are notified of final decision. Those selected will begin preparation for FAANP induction at the AANP National Conference in June.

    How does the application process work?

    Applying to FAANP is a three-step process:

    • Self-Assessment: Encourage your applicant to complete a self-assessment to determine if they are ready to meet the stringent criteria for fellowship. Review their CV and discuss their strengths and weaknesses for application.
    • Submission: The primary sponsor initiates the invitation by submitting applicant’s name into the FAANP nomination application online portal. Then, applicant receives automated email notification with unique web address link, which grants them access to the online application. There, the applicant will pay the application fee, select their secondary sponsor and populate their applications. Next, the sponsors will be notified to complete their respective portions of the application and review that of their applicant’s work. After which, the applicant has opportunity for a final review and/or edit, based on sponsor feedback, prior to their formal application submission. Incomplete submissions at time of deadline will not be reviewed.
    • Review: Members of the FAANP Selection Committee are assigned to review application materials. It is a detailed and lengthy process to vet every applicant. All applicants and sponsors will be notified after the committee decisions are finalized.