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Fellowship of the IRMS

Fellowship is the most senior degree of IRMS membership. It is awarded to those members of ten years or more who have, in the opinion of their peers, attained appropriate eminence, authority or seniority. Non-members of the Society deemed worthy can be awarded honorary fellowships.

First awarded on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 2013, both the role of Fellow within the Society and the way in which we confer fellowships are still actively evolving. 

How does someone become a Fellow?

IRMS fellowship is the senior level of society membership, and it is designed to acknowledge the most senior and respected information professionals. IRMS Fellowships are conferred annually following a process of nomination and election around February and March. Applications for 2021 will be open soon. 

Current members of the Society with ten years or more membership are eligible for nomination, and non-members are eligible, as well. If elected, a non-member will be awarded Honorary Fellow status.

Who is eligible for nomination?

Fellowship or Honorary Fellowship may be awarded if one or more of the following criteria are met:

Eminence:  an eminent individual is recognised and acknowledged across the IM/RM sector and beyond. S/he has a broad knowledge or is recognised as an expert in a particular field, and should have made a significant contribution to the sector and its perception to the general public;

Authority:  an authoritative individual is recognised and respected for his/her knowledge and expertise in the sector, or has contributed to the development and perception of the IRMS or IM/RM sector;

Seniority:  typically, an individual in a senior position with a range of experience with or has had responsibility for a large project or project design.

Nominees for fellowship will have a minimum of ten years’ practitioner experience in the IM/RM sector. Nominees for honorary fellowship need not necessarily qualify under this criterion.

Fellowship (FIRMS) may be combined with IRMS accredited member status (AMIRMS).

For further information on accredited status, please see

How do I nominate someone?

Nomination is a straightforward process that requires two current members of the Society writing a brief statement in support of the nomination. We usually call for nominations around January of each year.

The detail of this process is:

  • Nominations should be submitted by email to
  • Those making a nomination must be current members of the Society.
  • Each nomination should include the name of the person being nominated and the names of the two members nominating the person. All membership numbers must be included.
  • Each person nominated for fellowship must be informed of the nomination and agree to be nominated before a nomination is submitted.
  • Each nomination must be accompanied by a supporting statement of between 200 and 250 words from each of the two nominating members. These statements should specify which of the qualifying criteria the person is nominated under, and why they are, in the opinion of that person, worthy of fellow status within that criterion.
  • Each nomination will receive an email receipt.
  • Please note, nominations will not be published.


What happens after I nominate?

All valid nominations will be voted upon by the College of Fellows, which is the body comprising all current fellows and honorary fellows. The nomination process for a fellow's election is as follows:

1. Nominations are invited from early in the year. The exact date will get announced to IRMS members nearer the time.

2. Those nominated are voted on in a secret ballot by the College of Fellows usually closing around March or April.

3. Within this vote: those receiving 55% or more of the votes cast would be deemed to have been elected and those receiving 44.9% or less of the votes cast would be deemed to have failed to be elected on this occasion. Those individuals receiving between 45% and 54.9% of the votes cast would be discussed by a deliberation panel comprising five existing fellows determined by the College of Fellows, following the close of the vote.

4. All those nominated are advised of the outcome of the election process by email around March or April. The College of Fellows and Executive Committee are also advised of the results, but they are not published beyond this circle. Those successful nominees will be awarded as Fellows at the Gala Dinner during the annual Conference.

How can I find out more?

To find out more information about IRMS Fellowship, please email us.


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