Fellow is one of the three honorary ranks in the Society. It is the highest rank that the Society can confer upon a member. The rank of Fellow is conferred by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board of Directors on Associate Fellows who it believes deserve this highest honor by virtue of their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the art and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC.
The rank of Fellow is conferred on an individual only once and is recognized at the STC annual Summit following his or her election to that rank. Fellows retain the membership grade of senior member and the honorary rank of Fellow as long as they remain members of the Society. In addition, the candidate must remain a member in good standing through the award presentation at the STC Summit the following year. If a recommended candidate allows membership to lapse, he or she will not receive the honor.
Each STC member who was inducted as an Associate Fellow at or prior to the 2014 STC Summit is eligible for consideration for election to the rank of Fellow. Members who received their Associate Fellow in 2014 are eligible to apply for Fellow this year. If they qualify, they will receive the Fellow designation in May 2017, three program years after receiving the rank of Associate Fellow. Below are links to the Fellow application and guidelines.
Note: The STC Board of Directors is considering changes to the selection criteria, including weighting percentages, that are set forth on pages 18-5 and 18-6 in the Guidelines for Applying for STC Fellow. While you are welcome to use those criteria as a guide when preparing your application, try to make the strongest case for yourself in all of the categories.