Fellowship application process

Eligibility Criteria

The principal eligibility criterion is that each Fellow should have made a significant contribution to the profession. This could be through one or more particularly noteworthy achievements or by a sustained and influential contribution over a number of years in one or more of the areas described below. Fellows should also be highly respected and have unimpeachable integrity. This will be confirmed by your Supporters and by the evidence in the testimonial and application documents.

A significant contribution to our profession is defined as:

  • Research which has practical application in the profession of ecology and environmental management.
  • Establishing or raising professional standards through developments in training, quality standards or methods.
  • Influencing the evolution of policies or legislation relating to the natural environment.
  • Promotion of ecological professionalism among employers, organisations, companies and other institutes.
  • Innovation through establishing new partnerships, leadership, techniques or awareness for ecological professionalism.
  • The practical application of the principles of ecology and environmental management, including to biodiversity conservation.
  • A sustained contribution to the work of CIEEM, for example through involvement in governance, committees or working groups.

The Application Process

There are two application routes: self-nomination or peer nomination. For self-nomination the applicant themselves will take the lead in initiating and completing the application. For peer-nomination, one or both Supporters will take the lead, having first checked to see that the member is willing to be nominated as a Fellow.

For self-nomination, the applicant should complete the application and submit it by email to the Secretariat (enquiries@cieem.net) for assessment by the Fellows Panel.

The application should include the following:

  • The Fellows Application Form 2019 Self-nomination.
  • A detailed CV outlining your career history.
  • A description of achievements (no more than 750 words) in at least one of the areas of professional practice in ecology and environmental management set out under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ (above).  If relevant a list of publications can be appended.
  • A list of any honours, awards or other forms of professional recognition.
  • Appendices containing any other material which you consider is relevant.

Your supporters should be asked to complete and submit the Fellows Testimonial Form for Sponsors on your behalf and submit it directly to the Secretariat at enquiries@cieem.net. Guidance for Supporters is available.

You must be a Full Member of CIEEM at the time of making the application for election as a Fellow.  Both Supporters must be either Full Members or Fellows of CIEEM. No more than one supporter should be from the institution, practice, company or organisation where you currently work and they should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be the lead supporter.

For peer-nomination, the Lead Supporter should complete the application and submit it by email to the Secretariat (enquiries@cieem.net) for assessment by the Fellows Panel. The member must be aware that an application is being submitted on their behalf and they must have indicated that they would be willing to accept Fellowship if the nomination is successful. Alternatively, the nominee can submit the completed application that the Supporters have helped prepare.

The application should include the following:

  • The Peer-nomination application form signed by both Supporters.
  • A statement from the candidate acknowledging their willingness to be considered for election to Fellowship.
  • A summary of the nominee’s career history. This can include links to relevant websites, LinkedIn pages and similar.
  • A description of achievements (no more than 750 words) in at least one of the areas of professional practice in ecology and environmental management set out under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ (above). If relevant a list of publications can be appended.

The nomination could also include (but are not essential):

  • A list of any honours, awards or other forms of professional recognition.
  • Appendices containing any other material which the applicant considers would be relevant.

The nominee must be a Full Member of CIEEM at the time of making the application for election as a Fellow.

Both Supporters must be either Full Members or Fellows of CIEEM. No more than one supporter should be from the practice, company or organisation where the nominee currently works and they should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be the lead supporter.

The Assessment Process

All applications are checked for completeness by the Secretariat before being submitted to a small Fellows Assessment Panel. The Chair of the Panel produces a summary report and recommendation which is then submitted to the Governing Board for approval. The applicant is then notified of the outcome of the application by the Secretariat. Please note that it can take up to four months for an application to be assessed and then considered by the Governing Board.

Further Information

For further information about the fellowship application process please contact the Secretariat.

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