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ICE Fellow at a North West fellows event

Fellowship, our highest grade of membership, is for civil engineers and technicians who've made a big contribution to the profession. Fellows and prospective fellows are often known and respected in the industry for their expertise.

Why become a fellow?

ICE fellowship recognises your high level of knowledge, ability and experience. This recognition positively affects how your peers, employers and clients see you. So if you're an experienced civil engineering professional or academic, or in a senior position in the industry, becoming a fellow can really increase your status.

As a fellow you'll get all of our standard member benefits, plus:

  • The post nominal letters 'FICE' to use after your name
  • Our ICE fellows’ stamp (logo) to use on websites, stationery etc
  • The opportunity to shape ICE policy by joining an expert panel, or through events and online discussions
  • ICE and peer recognition for your contribution to the profession
  • The opportunity to 'give back' as a mentor or ambassador to young people

Who's it for?

If you've been involved in important engineering work in a senior position, you could become a fellow.

This responsibility includes heading up the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of major projects. It could also involve playing a part in changing policy for the sector in general.

Fellowship can be awarded in other ways too: for expertise in a technical subject area, or for engineering education and training. You can apply to become a fellow even if you're not an ICE member.

Meet our fellows

Want to know more? Hear from other ICE fellows about their journey to fellowship and how it benefits them.

  • Dr Fathi Tarada FICE

    Fathi Tarada

    My first job after completing my research studies at the University of Sussex happened to be working as a tunnel ventilation designer at a major engineering consultancy in Croydon. This opened up many technical fields for me including my first experience working on international projects in Australia. I certainly caught the engineering bug and I’m still in the same technical field now.

    One of the most rewarding projects I worked on was the Solan Tunnel. The tunnel was the first long rail tunnel in Korea, measuring at 16.3km and it includes a spiral. I was the lead consulting engineer supporting Daewoo Corporation in tendering the design of the tunnel. There were a number of difficult design issues including the management of tunnel air quality due to the presence of diesel-hauled trains and mitigation of life safety risks to acceptable levels. Daewoo used my recommendations and they won the tender to construct the tunnel.

    I became a Fellow in February 2017. I was already a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Fire Engineers, but Fellowship with ICE offered me an opportunity for a closer interaction with civil engineers at all levels.

    When I first heard that I was made a Fellow, I felt great! I also received a lot of positive feedback from my peers after they read about my achievement in Tunnels and Tunnelling International magazine.

    So if you're someone operating at a senior level in the engineering industry, it's worthwhile considering applying for ICE Fellowship.

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  • Alison Chippington FICE

    Alison Chippington

    My passion for civil engineering ignited when I did my first summer placement in North Wales. Even though I’d chosen to study the subject because of my interest in maths, science and problem solving, it was the hands-on experience that sealed the deal.

    Further summer placements followed, giving me the opportunity to work on large infrastructure projects including the Mersey Estuary Pollution Alleviation Scheme (MEPAS), building cathedral-like underground structures to reduce sewage discharge into Liverpool's famous river.

    All the projects I worked on brought their own challenges, giving me a real sense of achievement when they were completed well. Looking back now, I can recognise my communication skills and cooperative nature were fundamental to their successful delivery. In recent years, I have found real satisfaction in developing business strategies and successfully winning work with new customers in new sectors.

    I've been an ICE member since 1990. When I was told I'd became a Fellow in April 2017, I was so excited and felt proud that I've achieved this milestone – it was a real boost to my confidence. I hope with my accomplishment, I will inspire others to pursue their own professional qualifications.

    One bit of advice I would give to someone who is considering pursuing ICE Fellowship – use ICE resources to check your eligibility. Make notes of which attributes you think you meet and discuss it with colleagues, your local membership development officer (MDO) and your family. You can use this to map out additional development areas and draft your submission to find sponsors.

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How much does it cost?

Fellowship subscription rates depend on your location:

  • £409.00 per year (members in the UK)
  • £310.75 per year (members outside the UK)

If you're earning less than £16,286 a year, you might qualify for a reduced membership rate of £67.50.

What do you need to apply for Fellowship?

The Fellowship guidance document provides full details on the process and the attributes you will need to demonstrate. Please ensure that you read this document so that you are fully aware of what you need to provide with your application.

Please note that if you would like us to assess your suitability for Fellowship before applying formally, you can first contact your Regional Support Team or the Fellowship Executive at for advice. To obtain a preliminary assessment, you will need to send us an up to date CV (4 sheets of A4 maximum) setting out your personal achievements.

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Becoming an ICE fellow demonstrates you've reached the peak of your profession. If you're an experienced civil engineer working at a senior level, find out if you're eligible to reach the top.

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