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Apply for Fellowship

We want exceptional people to become Fellows to help us achieve even more in the years ahead. 

Apply for Fellowship

The IET is characterised by the distinction of its Fellows, who in turn enjoy the reflected status brought by our global reach.

Applicants should fulfil the IET Expectation for Fellows which is as follows:

"IET Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have sustained high levels of achievement, for example through leadership, influence, senior responsibility, innovation, and professional service, at the forefront of engineering, technology or cognate disciplines for a period of five years or more. Fellows work within the codes of conduct and ethical obligations of the profession and are strongly encouraged to engage with the IET’s voluntary activities."

Fellows of the IET are eligible to use the designatory letters FIET (Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Becoming an IET Fellow

Fellow is the highest grade of IET membership for which you can apply1. Consideration of applications will be in accordance with the IET’s policies on equal opportunities and diversity.

Applications are peer assessed and, as a candidate, you will need to provide evidence of meeting the IET Expectation for Fellows.

You will need to demonstrate that you can fulfil at least two of the following nine criteria:

  • Leadership;
  • Responsibility;
  • Insight and Experience;
  • Creativity;
  • Innovation;
  • Enterprise;
  • Service;
  • Repute, and;
  • Influence and Contribution.

Your application will be enhanced with evidence of appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities over the past 3 years by means of a separate log, and a commitment to continue to undertake CPD.

Applications will be welcomed by those from a wide range of engineering backgrounds or contexts. There are five sectors in which the IET has a strategic focus (Built Environment; Design and Production; Energy; Information and Communication; and Transport), but applications from other sectors are also invited. Similarly, the IET is keen to recognise those working in a range of settings (for example as consultants, technical specialists, or within SMEs) and in a variety of engineering and technology roles – for example within education, law, finance, or the media.

Applicants do not need to be Members of the IET or registered with the Engineering Council2. Find out more about the criteria or measures that are used in assessment for Fellowship.

How to apply

Please read through the information below about the process before beginning an application. If you have any further questions or would like advice about an application please contact

The IET recognises election to Fellowship by the award of a certificate and inclusion in a published list of recently elected Fellows, which also appears in The Guardian newspaper. New Fellows will be invited to a prestigious networking event and are encouraged to become involved in a range of voluntary opportunities on behalf of the IET.

1. The IET Board of Trustees is able to elect individuals to a higher grade of IET membership - Honorary Fellow (HonFIET). This award is made to people whom the IET wishes to honour for services rendered to the profession or whose association is of benefit to the IET. IET members can propose names of individuals to be considered for Honorary Fellowship.

2. The Engineering Council registers Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers, Engineering Technicians and ICT Technicians. Further details can be found at [new window].

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Use of designatory letters

Meet our Members - Fellows

Networking events

Fellowship fees

Frequently asked questions