Eligibility and Applicant Qualities

To be eligible to participate in the program:

Full-time enrolled D.D.S. students who will be enrolled in either their D3 or D4 year as of September 2014 or Hygiene students who will enrolled in the second year (or later) of their program as of September 2014.


Each student applicant must identify a main academic track that they want to pursue—teaching (clinical/didactic) or research (biomedical/clinical/education)—as well as a faculty mentor who agrees to mentor the student for the year in that specific track. The applicant must be in “good academic standing” as verified by the academic dean. In addition, the chosen faculty mentor must gain approval from the dental institution dean to sponsor the student and faculty mentor and cover all costs such as travel and accommodations to the 2014 and 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.


Fellows and mentors will also complete an online fellowship survey at mid-year and at the end of the year that will request evaluation of the various program components. Fellows will participate in a 60-minute focus group at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition to provide in-depth program assessment and recommendations and allow the program evaluator to follow up on issues identified in the mid-year evaluation.


Faculty Eligibility:

Full time faculty members at a D.D.S. or hygiene program who have a minimum of three years of teaching or research experience. Faculty should have the access and capacity to provide the student with the academic/research knowledge and experiences necessary for their success in the program.


Both Fellow (student) and Mentor (faculty) must attend the 2014 ADEA Annual Session on Monday March 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday March 18, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. - 3:30.p.m. for the ADCFP training program.


Applicant Qualities:

ADEA invites a diverse group of ambitious students to apply for this engaging and highly rewarding program. Students selected must demonstrate their ability to balance continued success in their dental program and personal life while being committed to completion of the ADCFP requirements. Attractive applicants will have a past history of teaching, tutoring, educational volunteer work and/or research interests (biomedical, clinical, education), although all completed applications will be reviewed for their particular skill set for possible selection. The application includes the completion of three short answer essays.

Click here to download application, checklist and participant agreement. 

  • Completed applications are due Friday December 13, 2013. See application for details.
  • Students selected for the program will be announced by early January 2014.