Being a Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Research (The ICR) recognises your professionalism in the Clinical Trial industry, working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the highest level of membership available, and demonstrates your wealth of experience, commitment and contributions to the field of Clinical Research.

Why become a Fellow?

  • Gain international recognition for your experience and knowledge
  • Increase your exposure to new career opportunities
  • Raise the profile of clinical research and encourage people at the start of their career
  • Improve your long-term earning potential through recognition of your experience and competence

Fellowship is by application only and must be considered and granted by the The ICR Board of Directors.

In order for your application to be processed you need to supply evidence of the following:

  • At least 3 years continuous membership of The ICR at Professional level (MICR).
  • At least 10 years’ experience in clinical research (five at senior level). A current CV is sufficient
  • Minimum of 2 years Continuing Professional Development evidence. Once Fellowship is granted you must continue to provide evidence on an annual basis.
  • Significant contribution to the field of clinical research.
  • Two supporting referees, each to complete a reference form.
  • Other supporting evidence.


It is important that you present evidence of previous learning activities, knowledge acquired, and how you have put that information into practice. Please supply a statement of approximately 200-500 words outlining your particular contribution to the field of clinical research and submit to

The ICR reserves the right to approve Fellow applications without specific criteria being met in exceptional circumstances.

Honorary Fellowship (HonFICR)

Honorary Fellowship is by nomination only and is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to The ICR and/or to the clinical research profession.

Nominations for Honorary Fellowship must be proposed by two Fellow or Professional Members of The ICR and include:

  1. A statement justifying the nomination in terms of contribution to The ICR and/or the clinical research profession in not more than 500 words
  2. A current CV of the nominee.