ICE fellow

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.

  • Sabih Gatea Khisaf, FICE

    Sabih Khisaf

    I always wanted to be a civil engineer. Every day brings a new challenge, and with every challenge comes new opportunities to serve the society you live in – and with it, humanity in general.

    I've been lucky to work on many exciting projects in the UK and worldwide. These include the Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi and several of the upgrades to London's Underground lines.

    Working on Heathrow's terminal five has got to be my greatest achievement. I had to work closely with a team of engineers to deliver the project in a very restricted space (in the middle of a working airport). But every time I fly back to London, seeing it reminds me what it means to be a civil engineer.

    Also, it’s been a great personal achievement to become an ICE fellow – something I never thought I could do. The route to fellowship is straightforward, and I found it really useful to identify and fill in any gaps in my training.

    Since becoming a fellow I have been working in Abu Dhabi designing and building a new public transport system to reduce traffic in the city. This is a project I'm looking forward to completing because I think it will make a big difference to many people.

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  • Kate Hall FICE

    Kate Hall

    I’d always had a fascination about how and why buildings stayed up. While considering my career options at A-level, I attended a Women Into Science and Engineering course which looked at all areas of engineering. 

    During the course we tested a massive concrete beam to destruction and I thought; now that’s what I want to do.

    It’s fantastic to be able to make a real difference as an engineer and, in my employer Arup’s words, 'shape a better world'.

    Earlier in my career I worked on the design of the station for Hong Kong's new airport. When the project was finished, I used the station I had helped to build when I flew home from the new airport. This was an amazing feeling and made me realise that I’d contributed to changing people’s lives for the better.

    More recently I led the engineering design team for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Being able to see, touch and use what you have worked hard to deliver, makes you so proud. That’s what gets you up and into work every day.

    I joined ICE as a student member and became a fellow a few years ago. I hadn’t considered going for fellowship until a colleague suggested that I look into it. The process was actually quicker and simpler than I had imagined.

    I think fellowship helps to show your achievements and progress in the industry. It also reflects your length of service and status as a civil engineering professional.

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How much does it cost?

Fellowship subscription rates depend on your location:

  • £388.50 per year (members in the UK)
  • £295.25 per year (members outside the UK)

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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