Application and Matching Cycle Deadlines and Information
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Process for 2025-2026 Fellowships
To apply to a Fellowship Council Fellowship is a 3-step process.
STEP 1: The first step is for prospective applicants to complete an application by creating an account beginning on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 5:00PM Pacific. To do so, click Create Application. The application deadline is Monday, January 15, 2024.
STEP 2: The second step is the interview process where applicants will be invited to interview by programs. Interviews will be virtual.
STEP 3: The third and final step is the matching process where programs and applicants rank each other and submit final rank order lists. The matching process will be conducted via a separate Fellowship Council matching process system.
For violations information, review the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement carefully when logging into the matching process site for the first time and also visit the Matching Policies and Procedures page.
- Friday, December 1, 2023: Fellowship Council Application Process Opens
- Monday, January 15, 2024: Fellowship Application Closes
- Monday, January 15, 2024: Letters of Recommendations Due
- Tuesday, January 16, 2024: Program Directors Gain Access to Fellow Applications
- Thursday, February 1, 2024*: Program Directors Begin Sending Interview Requests to Applicants
- Wednesday, May 1, 2024: Quota Change Deadline
- Wednesday, May 1, 2024: Site for submission Rank Order List opens
- Thursday, May 16, 2024: Deadline for Program Directors to submit and certify Rank Order List
- Thursday, June 27, 2024: Deadline for Fellows to submit and certify Rank Order List
- Wednesday, July 17, 2024: Scramble Date
- Thursday, July 18, 2024: Announcement of Fellowship Matching Result
- Friday, August 1, 2025: Fellowships Begin
* Based on feedback, date changed (formerly Jan 26).
The deadline for programs to submit and certify their rank order list is Thursday, May 16, 2024, 11:59PM (Pacific)
The deadline for applicants to submit and certify their rank order list is Thursday, June 27, 2024, 11:59PM (Pacific)
As a reminder, programs and applicants may only certify one rank order list when participating in the application processes with concurrent match dates.
An applicant who accepts a position through another national match plan or by agreement outside the FC Matching Process must withdraw PRIOR to the Fellowship Council rank order list deadline on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Failure to do so is a violation of the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement (FCMSPA), which all applicants agree to upon signing onto the matching system. The violation will be investigated by the Fellowship Council. Applicants who elect to participate in the matching process and certify a rank order list by 11:59pm Pacific Thursday June 27, 2024, are prohibited from accepting a position through any other national matching service or by agreement outside the match after the rank order list deadline.
The Fellowship Council will oversee the fellowship experience and will use its best efforts through accreditation to make the clinical experience a positive one. However, the Fellowship Council cannot guarantee that turnover within the faculty or within the program’s administration will not occur, either prior to or during the applicant’s tenure in the program. The match is with the program not the faculty. The listing of an applicant by a program on its certified rank order list or of a program by an applicant on the applicant’s certified rank order list establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept an appointment if a match results. Failure to do so is a violation of the terms of the agreement agreed to at the initial login to the site. If a violation is confirmed, the applicant or program may be subject to penalties, as described in the Fellowship Council Violations Policy.
If an applicant is requesting a matching process commitment dissolution, the applicant must submit a Matching Process Commitment Dissolution Form to the Fellowship Council office for review by the Fellowship Council’s Communications Committee and its Board of Directors.
If a program is requesting a matching process commitment dissolution, the program must complete a Member Change Form and return it to the Fellowship Council office for review by the Fellowship Council’s Communications Committee and its Board of Directors. No matching process commitment dissolution will be permitted without the Member Change Form being completed. Applicants match with programs and not with Program Directors or other faculty members associated with the program.
On Scramble Day, Wednesday, July 17, 2024
- If you do not match with a program, you will receive an email notification on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 between 9:00AM and 9:30AM Pacific.
- You will then need to log into your account on fellowshipcouncil.org and click on Access Matching Process Site.
- From there, you may click on the Reports link and access the Available Programs report.
You may contact any of the programs on that list directly regarding their open position. Programs will also have access to both your application and letters of recommendation via the Available Applicants report. To change your availability status at any time so that you are no longer on the Available Applicants report, log in to your account, click on your user name in the upper right hand corner, and select “No” on the Available line. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document and the User Guide.
On Announcement of Fellowship Matches Day, Thursday, July 18, 2024
Matching result notification emails will be sent on Thursday, July 18, 2024 letting both programs and applicants know if they matched but additional details on who was matched will not be available until the Date of Announcement of Fellowship Matches, Thursday, July 18, 2024 between 9:00AM and 9:30AM Pacific.
At that time programs and applicants may also log into their account (log into your account on fellowshipcouncil.org and click on Access Matching Process Site) to view the matching process results. Please refer to the program and applicant user guides for more detailed information on viewing matching results.
If you have any questions about the matching process, please contact the Fellowship Council office at 310-437-0555 or email [email protected]
Office hours : Mon-Fri 8:00AM-4:00PM Pacific except holidays.