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​​Advance HE and NAHE-Associate Fellowship for IPFP Fellows
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) launched the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) program to create an opportunity for fresh PhDs to obtain academic experience and mentorship for one year in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), federal/provincial government post-graduate colleges, or public sector R&D organizations, prior to their formal entry into the academic job market. The IPFP was established in 2009 and last revised in 2019. The core objective of the program is to assist fresh PhD graduates in acquiring the competencies and professional characteristics required for effective teaching and research and ultimately for success in the academic profession.
Recognizing the need of capacity building and continuous professional development in the higher education sector, NAHE has announced the launch of Associate Fellowship Program for IPFP Fellows who have successfully graduated from the National Faculty Development Program (NFDP).  The Fellowship Program is being launched in collaboration with Advance HE, UK under the Pak-UK Education Gateway. The aim of the Fellowship is to serve as a model of innovation, effectiveness, and excellence in teaching and learning.
In addition to the  IPFP Program benefits, already in place, including automatic eligibility to attend NFDP, CPD opportunities, 1-year placement in an HEC recognized host institution, mentorship, monetary benefits, and SRGP, IPFP Fellows will now be eligible to apply for an internationally recognized Fellowship by Advance HE in collaboration with NAHE.
Fellowship in teaching and learning demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education and offers the fellowship awardees a distinct professional standing.
About Advance HE, UK
There are now over 140,000 Fellows recognised by the Advance HE Fellowship Scheme worldwide. Advance HE is a global not-for-profit charity headquartered in the UK. Using their expertise and sharing best practice, they work to improve higher education for all. Advance HE is experts in governance, leadership development, teaching and learning enhancement, and equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Advance HE works with governments, sector agencies and a range of HE institutions worldwide to support sustainable improvement, share global best practice and build international networks. They have delivered national-level projects on academic leadership, on teaching development and staff recognition, on quality assurance and on employability in a number of countries across the world, including Pakistan.
"I am delighted that graduates of the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) programme will have the opportunity to apply for recognition as Advance HE Associate Fellows. Our Fellowship programme recognises those that teach and support learning in higher education worldwide, with over 140,000 Fellowships in 99 different countries now being awarded. Associate Fellowship allows a person to reflect on how they support student learning and has been shown to have benefits for the applicants, their institutions and their students. This is an excellent opportunity for IPFP participants to achieve this global recognition, and I am delighted that we can work with the British Council, the Higher Education Commission and National Academy of Higher Education to support this."
​Alison Johns
Chief Executive, Advance HE​​