Fellowships FAQ


What does “Fellow” mean?

The term Fellow recognises Members of IPENZ who are engineering leaders. They have achieved outstanding results. Fellow is our most prestigious class of membership.

How is a Distinguished Fellow different from a Fellow?

Members can apply for Fellowship.
Distinguished Fellow is the top tier of Membership, and the standard for an award of Distinguished Fellow is extremely high.

How do you become a Fellow?

Distinguished Fellows are Fellows who have been recognised for their eminent contribution.

Members have to be nominated for Distinguished Fellowship.

Non-members have to be nominated for Honorary Fellowship.

Who can nominate people for Distinguished Fellowship?

Nominations can be made by current Fellows, members of the Distinguished Fellows Panel, or the IPENZ Board.

Who can nominate people for Honorary Fellowship?

Nominations can be made by Members or the IPENZ Board.

What are the criteria for Fellow ?

When you apply you need to provide evidence for a minimum of two and a maximum of four of the criteria set out below to the high level expected of an IPENZ Fellow. The criteria are not ranked.

Descriptor Criteria Evidence

Organisational management

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • commercial business
  • government/councils
  • research institutes
  • military
Have demonstrated organisational responsibility for the performance of a portfolio of engineering projects, programmes, or activities(including process management, use of systems and processes for benchmarking and continuous quality improvement, and/or financial performance)
  • Level and position within organisation (including an organisation chart)
  • Number, type and professional status of staff reporting
  • Responsibility – including budget (influence and size) and number and type of staff reporting (direct and indirect)
  • Size and scale of engineering projects or objectives delivered (physical value / fees)

Governance

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • commercial business
  • government/councils
  • research institutes
  • military
Have demonstrated responsibility for the creation and implementation of corporate vision and objectives, and the development of management organisational structure in the field of engineering
  • Role and sphere of influence within the organisation
  • People leadership
  • Customer and supplier management
  • Responsibilities
  • Delivery and outcomes achieved

Business management

Relevant to:

  • consultant
  • contractor
  • commercial business (including small companies)

Have demonstrated commercial responsibility for pricing, bidding and managing the profitability of work either for major projects or a significant portfolio of smaller works, in the field of engineering

  • Size and scale of project/s
  • Role and responsibility within the business
  • Turnover / profit
  • Services and products
  • Markets and clients
  • Funding sources

Technical expertise

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • research institutes

Have demonstrated specialist engineering expertise in a technical subject area and achieved recognition at a national or international level

  • Publications as a principal author and citations/use by others
  • Invited speaker / chair of a session for international conferences
  • Chairmanship/membership of organising committees for (international) conferences
  • Editorship/associate editorship of (international) journals
  • Expert evidence
  • Advisor to clients/government
  • Contributions to the national and/or international standards
  • Awards / Fellowships
  • Other public outputs

Innovation

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • research institutes

Have played a leading role in the conception and development of new systems, techniques, or products that have advanced the theory or practise of engineering

  • Outputs and significance of new system/technique/product
  • Patents
  • Prizes / awards
  • Publications and citations / use by others

Design and construction

Relevant to:

  • consultant
  • •contractor

Have undertaken fundamental or applied research that has advanced the body of engineering knowledge

  • Scale, size and significance to public
  • Complexity and innovation involved
  • Successful solutions
  • Publications and citations/use by others
  • Peer recognition - National and International Awards received

Research

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • research institutes

Have undertaken fundamental or applied research that has advanced the body of engineering knowledge

  • Patents
  • Publications as a principal author/citations/use by others
  • Chairmanship/membership of organising committees for (international) conferences
  • Editorship/associate editorship of (international) journals
  • Invited speaker / chair of a session for an international conference
  • Contributions to the national and/or international standards
  • Technical awards
  • Other public outputs

Engineering education

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • research institutes

Have achieved national or international recognition for the development or delivery of engineering education and training

  • New courses / teaching methods or techniques developed
  • Teaching Fellowship / Awards
  • Teaching evaluations

Leadership

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • commercial business
  • government/councils
  • research institutes
  • military

Have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in being able to select, motivate and inspire people in their organisation to maximise engineering performance, and through excellent communication skills have achieved recognition from business associates, clients, the media and the public

  • Mentoring and role modelling
  • Inspirational leader within and outside the organisation – a voice of the profession
  • Participation in debates of national interest
  • Peer recognition including awards

Service

Relevant to:

  • academic
  • consultant
  • contractor
  • commercial business
  • government/councils
  • research institutes
  • military

Have made a major contribution to the promotion, management or administration of the engineering profession either through IPENZ, technical societies, voluntary bodies, or through community engagement and service

  • Role, responsibility and time scale of engagement
  • Output achieved
  • Significance and contribution
  • Engagement with community, including Maori and/or Pasifika

Who makes the decision?

Every Fellowship application is evaluated by the Fellowship panel. The panel is made up of five Fellows who represent a range of engineering disciplines. Members of the panel are appointed by the IPENZ Board. The panel makes a recommendation, with reasons, to the Board.

Nominations for Distinguished Fellowship are evaluated by the Distinguished Fellows Panel. This is made up of five Distinguished Fellows who represent a range of engineering disciplines. Members of the panel are appointment by the IPENZ Board. The panel makes a recommendation, with reasons, to the Board.

Nominations for Honorary Fellowship are evaluated by the Fellowship panel. The panel makes a recommendation, with reasons, to the Board

How does the panel make their decision?

The evaluation process is objective, fair, transparent and consistent.

The Fellowship panel evaluates each Fellow application and Honorary Fellow nomination against the criteria, the objectives of the Fellowship programme, and the high level of contribution to the engineering profession expected of a Fellow. They will get information about your suitability for an award of Fellow from the nominated sponsors/referees and they may approach other potential sponsors/referees in confidence.

The Distinguished Fellowship panel evaluates each nomination for Distinguished Fellow against the objectives of the Fellowship programme and the high level of contribution to the engineering profession expected of a Distinguished Fellow. They may also approach other people in confidence.

What kind of supporting documentation or references do you need for an application to Fellow?

Your application needs to be supported by three sponsors. Two must be current Fellows, with the other either a current employer (or recent former employer or equivalent in the case of a self-employed applicant) or a Technical Interest Group or a Special Interest Group. No more than one sponsor is to be from the same institution or organisation.

Each sponsor needs to fill in an online sponsor endorsement. You are responsible for making sure your sponsors provide their endorsement on time. Sponsor endorsements are confidential to IPENZ.

When will you know if your application has been successful?

You will be advised in February of the year following your application.

When are Fellowships awarded?

Fellowships are awarded at an IPENZ function in March or April.

Can you apply again if you are unsuccessful this year?

Yes. If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive constructive feedback about steps you could take to meet the criteria.

Can I have my Fellowship from another country recognised in New Zealand?

If you are a Fellow of an equivalent body overseas, you can apply to have this recognised in New Zealand, and vice versa. You will need to become and IPENZ member first. When you are a member, you can have your application for Fellowship on the basis of mutual recognition considered. You must still submit a Fellowship application form but you can present information from your Fellowship application overseas.