Application Deadline: 30th September 2022
We believe that all Members of our Institute should aspire to become Chartered Fellows. It is the highest status conferred by the Institute upon individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers. To be elected a Fellow you must be considered by our Board of Trustees to have made a significant contribution to banking and to the objectives of the Institute.
Like all members, our Fellows demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development and must abide by our Code of Professional Conduct. Fellows are expected to act as role models and mentors for others in the profession champions for banking professionalism, and ambassadors for the Institute and the wider banking profession.
You can recognize one of our Fellows through their use of the designatory letters FCBI after their name, and those qualified as such may use the professional designation Chartered Banker.
All candidates should be experienced banking practitioners and must have ten years’ experience in banking to be eligible for Fellowship.
Candidates must hold or attain Chartered Banker status and have made a significant contribution to the work of the Institute and the banking profession. They must also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to continuing professional development and act as a role model and mentor to others in the profession.
Attaining Chartered Banker status requires completion of an advanced professional qualification recognised by the Institute, which includes study of professionalism and ethics, and appropriate coverage of credit and lending.
- Applications are considered twice per year, with closing dates of 31st March and 30th September. We have adopted a cohort approach, and individuals within the same cohort will benefit from networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
- Applications for Fellowship should be made using the appropriate online form, accompanied by a current CV. Candidates are also required to submit a short (2-3 minute) video ‘pitch’. Guidance on the video can be found within the application form.
- All nominations require a proposer and seconder who, if requested, would be willing to provide a reference that the candidate meets the requirements for Fellowship. These may be existing Fellows of the Institute, or individuals who have known the candidate in a business or education capacity for at least two years. This could include appropriate representatives of Financial Services organizations or a current/former employer.
- We will provide support at the outset by appointing a current Fellow of the Institute (as a ‘mentor’) to consider applications on a one-to-one basis with candidates and discuss what it means to be a Fellow. They will either support the candidate’s application to join the current cohort or provide constructive feedback as to why they can’t support this at the current time. If they can’t support the application, it might be that the candidate needs to consider whether Fellowship is the right choice for them or reapply at a later date.
- Candidates who progress from the first stage will have their applications reviewed by the Institute’s Nominations Committee and members of the Institute’s Leadership Team. This will normally involve a review of the candidates’ pitches, along with their application forms and CVs, together with any feedback from the Fellowship mentors. NB: in some circumstances, an interview with a candidate may be requested, for example, if further information is needed. Following this, candidates who are recommended for Fellowship will be considered for final approval by the Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Official Website: Become a Fellow