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Nomination for an Honorary Fellowship: Guidance

The award of an Honorary Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards that the School can bestow. Under the School’s regulations, the Court may elect as an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science any member of the School whose achievements are of conspicuous merit, or any person including members of the School, who has rendered outstanding service to the School.

“Member of the School” can be defined as follows:-

  • Governors and Emeritus Governors
  • Alumni as defined by LSE Advancement
  • Former members of staff including Visiting Fellows and Visiting Professors

Current staff are members of the School but are not eligible for Honorary Fellowship (whilst members of staff) under the Regulations. Independent governors are eligible for Honorary Fellowship provided they are not current members of the Council.

Honorary Fellowship nominees are expected to have a direct link with LSE either as a member of the School, or as someone who has given exceptional service to the School.

Nominations from all members of the School are invited on a termly basis, with awards being recommended annually, normally in the Michaelmas Term. If approved by the Academic Board and the Court of Governors, successful nominees will be contacted in December and invited to the Summer presentation ceremonies. A maximum of six Honorary Fellowships can be awarded annually.

All nominations should be made in confidence; those nominated should not be made aware that they have been put forward for an award.

Nominations remain current for three years; if a nominee is not elected to Honorary Fellowship within that time, you may assume the nomination has lapsed. The Honorary Fellows elected in Summer 2012 were Professor Margot Light, Professor Simon Roberts, Professor Richard Sennett and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. A full listing of award holders can be found here.

Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form and returning it to Ms Joan Poole, Tower 1 Room 6.01, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

Please provide all of the information requested and any additional particulars that will assist the Nominations Committee in their decision. If making more than one nomination please indicate any preference. Not more than two suggestions are permitted from the same person in any one year. If two suggestions are made, one should be the ‘lead’ suggestion and the other a ‘supporting’ one.

If you require further information please call me on 020 7955 7825 or email: J.A.Poole@lse.ac.uk