Fellow (FIMechE)

Becoming a Fellow is recognition that you're a professional engineer working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the highest level of membership and demonstrates your wealth of experience, commitment and contribution to engineering.


Use our Route to membership tool to find out if this is the right level of membership for you.


Why become a Fellow?

Recognition:

  • Gain international recognition for your experience and knowledge
  • Increase your exposure to new career opportunities
  • Raise the profile of engineering and encourage young engineers
  • Provide thought leadership
  • Improve your long term earning potential through recognition of your experience and competence

Build new relationships:

  • Connect with members of the Institution worldwide
  • Build profitable working relationships with other specialists in your field
  • Help influence and support younger members
  • Volunteer to help us via your region, industry or through particular activities

Access our resources:

  • Read member-only specialist engineering news, features and expert comment by PE
  • Receive email updates from your region or industry or interest group
  • Access financial and practical support through our benevolent fund – Support Network
  • Access to the largest engineering library in the world
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Who is it for?

Typically, Fellows are professional engineers working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility and will be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

Essential

  • A position of senior responsibility and/or significant autonomy in your particular field 
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities  
  • Influencing policy and strategy making decisions in either a technical or business environment 
  • A structured approach to CPD 
  • The promotion of the engineering profession to young engineers and potential engineers 

Desirable

  • Highly specialist knowledge in a specific area of engineering 
  • Technical or engineering resource management and/or personnel management and development 

Optional

  • Responsibility for a budget and the associated risk 
  • Application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts 
  • Active development and application of new technologies in engineering and related areas at senior level 
 
You can apply to upgrade to Fellowship if you are an IEng, CEng or EngTech member. 

You can also apply directly to Fellowship, which would require you to fill in a more detailed application. We would also need to assess your competence to EngTech, IEng or CEng.

We welcome engineers from a very comprehensive base of experience and disciplines. Read our definition of mechanical engineering to find out more.


How much does it cost?

New registrants pay an application fee and an annual subscription fee. Existing members pay an application fee and the difference between the member and Fellow annual subscription fee.

If you are not professionally active or your annual income is below £16,000 you may qualify for a reduced subscription.

Fees and charges in UK pounds

View our application and subscription fees in UK pounds.

Fees and charges in Indian rupees

If you're living in India you can pay your fees in rupees. View our application and subscription fees in rupees.


Meet our Fellows

  • Sarah Murphy

    The HR Director for Ricardo, Sarah’s championing of best practice in business started early in her career, thanks to her exposure to exemplary managers and mentors at British Rail.

  • Dr Isabel Ridge

    For Dr Isabel Ridge, being a Fellow is something which she has been working towards since she started her undergraduate course at university.


Start your application

Upgrading from IMechE Member?

If you are already registered as a CEng, IEng or EngTech and a Member of IMechE (MIMechE) you will need to demonstrate evidence of meeting the Fellowship requirements. Find out how to upgrade your membership.

 

Not yet registered as a CEng, IEng and EngTech?

If you are not already registered as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician we will need to assess you against the competence requirements for one of these registration types as part of your application for Fellowship. 

Your application for Fellowship and registration will need to include:

  • A completed Direct Fellow CEng or Direct Fellow IEng application form, in which you will demonstrate how you meet the competence and Fellowship requirements. 
  • Supporting documents, such as evidence of qualifications.
  • Signatures of two sponsors (on the application form). One of your sponsors must be a Fellow.
  • An application fee

Exemplars and guidance notes are available: CEng Competence ExemplarIEng Competence Exemplar and Fellow Exemplar.

If you are seeking professional registration you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

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Armed Forces and MOD

Serving in the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence (MoD)? You may be eligible to use a simplified route to professional registration.

Find out about our Armed Forces route to professional registration


Support for your application

Once you are confident you have the qualifications and experience necessary to be a Fellow you can apply and we will support your application at every step.