ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADEA ADCFP)

The ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) was founded with the goal of providing students and residents the opportunity to become involved in an academia by providing structured mentoring and insight into what an academic career involves. Through the research requirements and active mentoring for faculty, the program is designed to create a pathway for those who may be considering entering an academic career. To date, over 400 students have completed the program, representing 36 different U.S. and Canadian dental institutions.

The ADEA ADCFP consists of faculty and student pairs who will work in collaboration on a research or teaching project. The faculty member will provide mentorship to the student with regard to:

  • Understanding and experiencing the daily experience of a dental school faculty member.
  • Hearing the personal reflections of faculty members via one-on-one interviews.                                        
  • Understanding and applying the best practices in learning and research.                                                                                                    
  • Planning an academic career and navigate the education landscape.

The ADCFP is a voluntary program offered by ADEA and managed by each individual dental school. 


As always, each institution will possess a cadre of faculty to serve as mentors in 2020. We are also seeking one faculty member per dental institution to serve as the ADCFP liaison for their program.

To learn more about the ADCFP, watch this brief informational webinar:



The 2019-2020 ADEA ADCFP is in progress.

If you are a faculty or student interested in learning more about this program, please contact Susan Apollonio, M.N.R., ADEA Senior Director for Educational Leadership and Faculty Development Programming, at ApollonioS@adea.org