Honorary Fellowships (Hon FCIPR) are granted by the Board of Directors in exceptional circumstances in recognition of outstanding lifetime services to the Institute and/or the development of the public relations profession. They are usually - although not always - awarded towards the end of a person's working career. An Honorary Fellowship entitles the holder to lifetime membership of the CIPR without requirement to pay fees or complete CPD. Honorary Fellows do not have to be existing members of the CIPR. 

The process for awarding of Honorary Fellowships is through nomination by CIPR members (MCIPR and FCIPR).

Nominations can be accepted from the 1 September through to 31 August the following year. All nominations received within this period will be reviewed annually by the Board as part of the meeting agenda in the Q3 Board Meeting with any awards made confirmed by the end of the year.   

Honorary Fellowships are given as a gift of the CIPR, so individuals cannot self-nominate. The Board also has the discretion not to make an award.

To nominate someone for a CIPR Honorary Fellowship, please  download and complete this form  and return it to [email protected].

The process to award Honorary Fellowship recognition is different to that used to award CIPR Fellowship (FCIPR), in recognition of the distinction of the Hon FCIPR award. The CIPR continues to welcome applications for FCIPR Fellowships which is an honour bestowed upon CIPR members in recognition of their contribution to the Institute and the PR profession. A full explanation of the Fellowship criteria and nomination process is outlined on the CIPR Fellowship member grade page here