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Being recognised by your peers as a Fellow of your profession is one of the highest professional attainments. The RTPI's mission is to enhance the art and science of spatial planning for the public benefit and this ideal is reflected in the Institute's  approach to Fellowship.

Fellow profiles

Fellowship criteria

Applicants wishing to be elected to Fellowship must be Chartered Town Planners at the time of application and must satisfy the Trustees of the Institute that they have made a major personal contribution to the profession to further the science and art of planning for the benefit of the public.

When deciding whether an applicant has made a major contribution to the profession consideration will be given to:

  • Leadership. The applicant should have shown leadership in their field, developing and delivering a vision, encouraging others and advancing the environment in the sector in which they operate.
  • Innovation. The applicant should have demonstrated the ability to deliver new and creative solutions to existing and /or emerging issues and challenges in their area of spatial planning.
  • Contribution to others in the profession and the community. The member has been actively engaged in developing and supporting other members of the profession and/or the community
  • Whether the member's contribution is above and beyond that expected as an ordinary competent professional planner. Fellowship is not awarded purely on the basis of professional seniority or position or length of time in the profession.

Application process

Applications for Fellowship are considered by the RTPI Nominations Sub-committee. Applicants should complete the Fellowship Application Form and submit the following documents:

1. A completed application form;

2. A chronological employment history;

3. A 1000-2000 word statement detailing how they have met the criteria;

4. Nominations from four Chartered Members of the Institute. Nominations should be in the form of a letter or email which supports the candidate's claims. They should be on letterhead paper or traceable to the nominee's email address.

Nominees need to receive a copy of the applicant's final application to base their letter/email on. They should send their statement directly to the applicant (not the Institute), who will then co-ordinate the submission.

The length of the letter/email of support should be a minimum of one side of A4 and should include the following:

  • Explanation of the nature of the relationship with the applicant;
  • Statement of how long the nominator has worked with / observed the work of the applicant;
  • Confirmation that the evidence presented by the applicant is accurate;
  • Provide evidence about the professional standing of the applicant.

The 'professional standing' line relates really to providing you with a professional reference. The reference should refer to issues such as:

  • Personal contribution to planning/the profession
  • Demonstration of professional attitude
  • Demonstration of professional quality/breadth/rigour
  • Personal qualities (flexibility, cooperation etc.)
  • Management skill (personal, supervisory etc.)
  • Relationships (with colleagues, clients, public etc.)

Administrative fee

There is a £250 administrative fee for all applications for Fellowship. Fees can be paid online or via cheque.

Further information is available from the Membership Team at or 0207 949 9462.

Submission dates

Applications should be submitted electronically to for one of the deadlines below.

Closing date

Results available

28 January 2018 11 March 2018
25 April 2018 6 June 2018
9 August 2018 20 September 2018
9 October 2018 20 November 2018
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