Fellowship by Election

Criteria for Fellowship Award by Election

Application fee of ₦100,000.00 (one hundred thousand naira only) to be paid through the College eportal.

Academic/Professional Qualifications

A doctor to be considered for the award of Fellowship must:

Possess a Postgraduate Medical Degree or Diploma registrable in Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and adjudged to be equivalent to the Fellowship of this College.

Have been medically qualified for at least 20 years.

Have spent not less than 12 years in the Specialty into which Fellowship is sought. This refers to 12 post-qualification year of active practice and will not include the years of training.

If a non-Nigerian, have satisfied all the above three criteria and in addition must have made recognized and acceptable contributions in Nigeria in the specialty into which Fellowship is sought.


Any doctor who has in the past failed the non-reciprocal part of this College’s Fellowship Examinations or abandoned the programme at any stage cannot be considered for the Fellowship Award by Election.

Holders of postgraduate diplomas obtained after December 1975 that are not considered as equivalent to the Fellowship of this College will no longer be considered for the Fellowship Award by Election. Such holders may however, be allowed to sit for the Part II Examinations or to present written works in the relevant specialty to the College.

Process leading to the Award

A candidate wishing to be considered for Fellowship Award of the College by Election should register on the College eportal.

Each application must be supported in writing by two financial Fellows of the Faculty into which Fellowship is desired.

The Faculty Board shall consider the submitted application along with the detailed Curriculum Vitae of the candidate, and in the case of a non-Nigerian candidate, shall in addition consider written works submitted by the candidate in order to adjudge the requirement of “recognized” and acceptable contribution(s) in Nigeria”. The Faculty Board may or may not invite the candidate for an interview or any further examination.

The Faculty Board shall return a written verdict (with reasons) along with all relevant papers to the Senate Committee on Credentials and Fellowship Award by Election (hereinafter referred to as S.C.C.F.A.)

If a Faculty Board has made a recommendation for rejection of particular application, such recommendation cannot be overruled by the Committee.

The SCCFA must of necessity co-opt into its meeting the Secretary of any Faculty who has recommendations to defend.

The absence of a Faculty Secretary, who has been duly served notice of the meeting, will not stop the Committee from considering the recommendation(s).

Any Faculty absent at the Committee meeting would have a second opportunity to defend its position in Senate.

The Senate shall consider the recommendation of the Committee and if acceptable, approve the same.

The College Registrar (and not individual Faculties) shall communicate the Senate approval to candidates.

A successful candidate will only be able to enjoy the privileges of Fellowship after he or she had paid all other prescribed fees usually covering the cost of all parts of the Examinations obtaining in the Faculty into which Fellowship by Election has been approved as well as the Fellowship Admission Fee.

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