Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) Fellow Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a member of ADCES (formerly known as AADE) to apply to be a Fellow?
Yes, you must have been an ADCES (former AADE) member for a minimum of 5 consecutive years.
How many years of experience in the field of diabetes education and care, as an educator, clinician or researcher do I need to have before I can apply to be a Fellow?
You must have 10 years of experience in the field of diabetes education and care as an educator, clinician or researcher as of January 1 of the year you are applying to be a Fellow.
What is the main area the committee will look at as they score my application?
Since this is an ADCES Fellow program, the most important items on the application are your contributions to ADCES and to diabetes education and care specialty. Being involved in ADCES on the National, State and Local levels as a volunteer is highly recommended. In addition to ADCES involvement “scholarly” activities like editorial boards, publications and presentations are important.
For the personal essay – is it really limited to 750 words? What if the essay has more than 750 words?
The essays are read and reviewed and the number of words is taken into consideration.
When asking someone to write a letter of recommendation for me whom should I ask?
First, one of the letters must be from a current ADCES Fellow. When selecting an ADCES Fellow to write the letter, please take the time to review the application with them and ask them if they feel you are ready to apply. The second letter may be from anyone, another ADCES Fellow, an ADCES member, or simply a colleague or mentor.
Is the application fee of $250 really not refundable or transferable?
That is correct – the application fee is due at the time you submit the application and the fee is not refunded to you if you are not selected as a fellow for the year you applied. Therefore, we encourage you to talk with other ADCES Fellows to be sure that your application meets all the criteria before applying to be an ADCES Fellow. If you are not selected and you apply the following year or even a few years later, you will need to pay the application fee again. And, of course we always encourage you to connect with ADCES staff members if you have any questions or concerns about your FADCES application.