Fellow (FCIPR) grade

CIPR Fellowship is awarded by our Fellowship Nominations Committee (FNC) for outstanding contribution to the CIPR and the public relations industry.

Our Fellows play an important role at the Institute: we look to our Fellows to help promote professionalism, demonstrate best practice and raise awareness of the benefits of CIPR membership.

Our Fellows hold invaluable experience of PR, communications and business practice, and are able to provide a unique insight into the profession and the issues facing communicators around the UK. Our Fellows help the Institute develop best practice standards and policies, sharing their experience and knowledge by contributing to the Institute's working groups, panels and consultations.

We consider nominations and grant awards twice-yearly in recognition of distinction in the public relations profession as defined by our Council. The unanimous decision of the FNC is required for approval of the nominee's application.

Nominations require a primary proposer plus two additional proposers. All proposers must be Fellows or full members of the CIPR.

The nomination process

Next nomination deadline:

  • Friday 10 February 12pm

Proposers complete the Fellowship nomination form on behalf of the nominee including a statement of experience and commitment to the profession including leadership. Proposers may download examples (PDF) of the types of qualities a statement might include.

The nominee should demonstrate that they have made a significant contribution to the Institute/development of the public relations profession. He/she is invited to provide an additional career statement to back up and enhance the nominator's statements.

The nominee must be a voting member of the CIPR and an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner at the time of their nomination.

How to nominate a member for consideration for Fellowship

  1. Complete the nomination form (Word format) – you must be a CIPR Member or Fellow to make a nomination.
  2. The Fellowship Nominations Committee, which is reviewed annually by Council at its first meeting of the year, will approve the nomination. Successful new Fellows are entitled to a Fellowship Certificate, to use the post-nominal designation 'FCIPR' and to exercise voting rights in the affairs of the Institute.