WES Fellow Grade

This is our highest grade of membership. Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of engineering or a related sector, to the sustained encouragement of women in STEM, or in service to the Women's Engineering Society. The annual cost of Fellowship is £100 per annum, with a concessionary rate of £50 for retired or unemployed members.

Applications can be made for a Fellowship, which is open to women working in STEM or with a STEM qualification.  They will have the post nominals FWES.  Men and non-STEM women may apply to be an Associate Fellow with the post nominals AFWES. Our Fellows will be expected to act as ambassadors for the promotion of improved diversity in engineering.  

View a list of WES Fellows


Application Process

Fellowship and Associate Fellowship of WES are governed by our Articles of Association. The application process is exactly the same for both classes of Fellowship.

Article 13 covers our membership classes and it says that “Upon application, the Directors may appoint to the class of Fellows any woman whom the Directors feel should be recognised for their meritorious achievements in the theory and practice of engineering or related sciences or who are occupying senior professional or management capacity positions in fields associated with engineering or related sciences or who are or have been assisting the Society in the advancement of its work and its aims and objects.

If you are not an engineer, then Associate Fellowship may be offered as an alternative.

Article 13.9 further says: “Fellowship of the Society shall be offered automatically to a Director on election to the Board and any Member who is also a fellow of a professional engineering institution or equivalent. Fellowship offered in this manner may be accepted or declined.” Therefore if you are already a Fellow of a professional engineering institution, for example the IET or the IMechE, then you can join as a Fellow on production of your Fellowship credentials.

If you are not a Fellow, then please send your CV and a statement of around 350 words on how you meet the criteria of “meritorious achievements in the theory and practice of engineering or related sciences or who are occupying senior professional or management capacity positions in fields associated with engineering or related sciences or who are or have been assisting the Society in the advancement of its work and its aims and objects.” to Cath Heslop at cath.heslop@wes.org.uk

Fellowship applications are heard by the Board at their quarterly meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for the end of October, so your application should be received by the 17 October 2020.