- An annual election is overseen by the Registrar, Professor Mike Malim FRS FMedSci, supported by the Fellowship Manager, Russell Crandon.
- Only Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences may nominate a candidate for Fellowship. Candidates must be supported by three Fellows: a Principal, second and third nominator. Candidates nominated for the first time are automatically eligible for election for 5 consecutive years.
- After the fifth (unsuccessful) election, the candidate will lapse for a period of 2 years before they can be re-nominated.
- Eight Sectional Committees scrutinise candidates and make recommendations to Council for election. Committee members each serve for three years.
- The number of Fellows to be elected each year should not exceed 60. Of this number, up to 53 may be assigned to the Sectional Committees and up to seven may be reserved as ‘floating’ candidates that can be used to elect additional Fellows in any of the sections or to build capacity in new areas.
See the Election timetable 2023-2024.
Eligibility for candidates for election as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences is usually restricted to citizens of the United Kingdom. This includes foreign nationals who are UK residents. In exceptional circumstances, candidates for Fellowship who are foreign nationals and resident overseas will be considered; such candidates must have strong and enduring links with the UK medical science community, making a personal and ongoing contribution to contemporary British science.
The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to encouraging diversity and equality of opportunity in its organisation, practices and work. This applies to every sphere of Academy activity, including the Fellowship election. Within the rules of eligibility for nomination to Fellowship, the Academy will strive to ensure that no individual or group is treated more or less favourably than others on grounds of ethnicity, nationality, age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion or belief.
Fellows acting as Principal Nominators for candidates for Fellowship may wish to consider the following points:–
- Candidates must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical science or to the application of existing scientific knowledge or understanding in an innovative way, so as to bring about advances in human health and welfare.
- Principal Nominators will be the primary contact for everything to do with a candidate’s nomination. The Academy does not have any direct contact with candidates.
- Fellows may be principal nominator for a maximum of four new candidates per year, only two of which shall be from their own institution. An exception to this will be made if a Fellow can show their extra candidate is from an underrepresented area of the Fellowship (eg. protected characteristics or regions of the UK). Please contact the office or Registrar to discuss before nominating.
- There is no limit on the number of candidates a Fellow can be support nominator for.
- The citation is a very important part of the nomination process. It should be completed by the Principal Nominator and should set out an accurate and detailed account of the candidate’s work, focussing on their unique contribution to medical science.
Principal Nominators are responsible for updating information on existing candidates each year. This is very important; outdated details are likely to significantly disadvantage a candidate during the election process therefore it is vital that the Sectional Committees receive updated versions of these papers.
- With an aim to be fully representative of the UK as a whole, we ask Fellows to consider worthy candidates from across the board (gender, geography, ethnicity, speciality, other protected charateristics) and beyond their institution.
- Candidates in their final year of candidacy will automatically go out for peer review if they score 2.5 or above in the first round scoring and have not been out for review before.
Potential new candidates for Fellowship should take note of the following -
- Only Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences may make a nomination. Candidates must be supported by three Fellows: a Principal, second and third nominator.
Principal Nominators will be the primary contact for everything to do with a candidate’s nomination. The Academy does not have any direct contact with candidates.
A valid nomination should consist of the following: -
- Completed nomination details (entered via eLect)
- Acknowledgement of nomination form, to be signed and completed by the candidate online.
- Candidate supporting documents uploaded to eLect candidate profile.
- Reprints of the candidate’s top ten publications/outputs (uploaded to eLect).
The following information will be required for each candidate:-
- A citation (of no more than 300 words)
- Summary of achievements (to reference the top 10 principal contributions; no longer than 500 words)
- 10 principal contributions (as referenced in the summary of achievements)
- Curriculum vitae (to be no more than 4 sides of A4)
- Full list of publications/outputs
- Overseas candidates are required to have a Letter of Contribution outlining their unique contribution to supporting and advising UK biomedical science
Candidates nominated for the first time are automatically eligible for election for five consecutive years. After the fifth (unsuccessful) election, the candidate will lapse for a period of 2 years before they can be re-nominated.
Candidates in their final year of candidacy will automatically go out for peer review if they score 2.5 or above in the first round scoring and have not been out for review before.
With the start of each new election cycle, the Academy will contact the Principal Nominators of existing candidates, as well as the candidates themselves, to invite them to update their candidate’s nomination. This occurs between July and September and is an important part of the process; candidates whose nominations are not updated can be disadvantaged.