This is the highest honour conferred by the Council of the City and Guilds of London Institute, as authorised by its Royal Charter (1900). First awarded in 1892, it recognises outstanding professional and personal achievement. Fellowship is not a qualification that can be earned nor does it form part of a progression route; it is an honour bestowed by Council upon exceptional individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their field, gained the respect of their peers and can be considered role models for their profession.

Until 1990, Fellowship was exclusive to holders of the Associateship (ACGI), namely engineering graduates from the City & Guilds College, one of the constituent colleges of Imperial College London. Since 1990 it has been open to all those who have made outstanding achievements in sectors and activities relevant to the work of City & Guilds. 

Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal FCGI after their name. Under the Institute's Royal Charter, Fellowship may also be awarded Honoris Causa (HonFCGI). 

The Fellowship provides an invaluable source of advice and support to City & Guilds regionally, nationally and internationally. The award does not carry any specific demands or requirements, however Fellows’ eminence and expertise helps to raise the profile and standards of practical craft, technical and business skills. 


There are two routes to Fellowship: 

  • Individuals may be nominated by sponsors, who must themselves be City & Guilds Fellows, Honorary Fellows, members of City & Guilds' Council, Honorary Officers of the Institute, senior staff from approved delegated authority organisations or other designated individuals and representatives of institutions. 
  • Individuals may be invited directly by the Council of City & Guilds to receive the honour. 


Fellowship may be awarded to candidates from any walk of life relevant to City & Guilds, from any region or country of the world. However, the candidates must have demonstrated outstanding professional and personal achievement over a number of years in complex situations, at the highest levels of responsibility and influence. Examples of candidates’ roles might include: 

  • Industry: CEO, Managing Director, Board Member. Specialist employee with high-level responsibility for a particular part of the organisation 
  • Education and academia: Vice-Chancellor, Principal, Head of a key department; specialist whose research or administrative flair has had significant practical application and results 
  • Government and public sector: Holder of senior office in the military (likely to be 1-star or above), Police, Fire, Prison, Health or Civil Service; Member of Parliament or working Peer. 

Latest Fellowships to be conferred

The Council of the City and Guilds of London Institute met on 5 March 2015 and conferred the following Fellowships:

Fellowship (FCGI)
Sir David Bell KCB FCGI - Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading
Professor Ian Blatchford FCGI - Director, Science Museum Group
Mr Edward Daniels FREng ACGI FCGI - Former Chairman, Shell UK Ltd
Mr Satnam Gill OBE FCGI - Former Principal, The Working Men’s College
Ms Chi Onwurah MP ACGI FCGI - Member of Parliament
Ms Marion Plant OBE FCGI - Principal and Chief Executive, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
Professor James Stirling CBE FRS FCGI - Provost, Imperial College
Mr John Timpson CBE FCGI - Chairman, Timpson’s
Sir Mark Walport FRS FCGI - Government Chief Scientific Advisor

Fellowship events 

A programme of Fellowship events is organised throughout the year. For more information please contact FCGI@cityandguilds.com.

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