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Accreditation Timelines for AEI-Accredited Fellowship Programs

Accreditation decisions for fellowship programs occur annually in December. If any of these timelines happen to fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.

Initial Fellowship Accreditation Process

Milestone

Deadline

Center determines it meets the eligibility requirements and requests an application

Ongoing

Center submits application

July 31

Center’s application is assigned to a Fellowship Review Committee member to initially review

September 1–October 15

Center receives invoice for accreditation fee

October 1

Center’s application and initial findings are assigned to an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member to review

November 1–December 1

ARC meets to make decisions

Mid-December

Center receives decision no later than

December 31

Current Fellowship Reaccreditation Process

(Effective beginning 2020)

AEI-accredited fellowship programs are granted three-year terms. Reaccreditation is approved after successful review of the center’s fellow portfolios.

Milestone

Deadline

All current fellows are required to maintain a fellowship portfolio provided by the ACS. Upon graduation, the Center must retain a copy of this portfolio.

Ongoing

Center must submit all completed fellow portfolios to the ACS

July 31

The Center’s fellow portfolios are assigned to a Fellowship Review Committee member to initially review

September 1–October 15

Center receives invoice for accreditation fee

November 1

Center’s fellow portfolios and initial findings are assigned to an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member to review

November 1–December 1

ARC meets to make decisions

Mid-December

Center receives decision no later than

December 31