WHAT DOES AN MRIA FELLOWSHIP MEAN?
IT MEANS YOU ARE THE BEST!
MRIA Fellowship is the highest honour that MRIA can bestow upon a member. The awarding of Fellowship status indicates not only that the nominee exceeds the standards and expectations of a CMRP-designated member, but that their accomplishments and contributions include the very highest level of practice which stands as a model for others within the profession. Fellows are ambassadors for the Market Research community, helping spread the word about MRIA, encouraging membership and engagement.
This pinnacle designation is awarded through a rigorous application and review process, culminating in a final approval by the MRIA Board of Directors. The honour of the Fellowship designation includes dues-exempt status in MRIA for life. Fellows are required to be on-going active supporters of the MRIA.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE NOMINATED FOR FELLOWSHIP?
Nominees must be a member-in-good-standing of MRIA for at least the past five consecutive years. Please note that the Fellow is bestowed to CMRP designated members only.
If a sitting member of the Fellowship Review Committee is nominated, he/she must remove themselves from the committee.
If a sitting member of the MRIA National Board of Directors is nominated for election to Fellowship, they must abstain from the MRIA Board of Directors voting process.
A Past-Chair of MRIA may be nominated for election to Fellowship, but that individual will then not be eligible to participate as a member of the Fellowship Review Committee and must abstain from the MRIA Board of Directors voting process.
There is no limit on the number of times that an individual member may be nominated for Fellowship. There are no age restrictions in respect of a nominee, and there are no local or regional limits on the number of Fellows that can be elected.
WHO CAN NOMINATE?
Nominators must be members-in-good-standing of MRIA. Only one nominator is required.
Self-nominations are not permitted.
The nominator can NOT be related to the nominee in any manner.
The name of the nominator will be made known to the Fellowship Review Committee, but not to the MRIA Board of Directors.
HOW TO NOMINATE
Fellowship nominations must be submitted to the MRIA office, directly to the CEO Kara Mitchelmore, CMRP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominators should review the criteria for Fellowship prior to putting a nomination forward. Those criteria include:
• Innovation/Technique Development that has benefited the industry;
• Teaching/Dissemination of Knowledge that has benefited the industry;
• Career Success in the field of marketing, survey, public opinion research or market intelligence;
• Service to the Industry/Profession (MRIA); and
• Community Volunteer Leadership contributions (ie. service to the broader community/society which, by virtue of nominee’s position, serves to contribute to a favourable public perception of the industry/profession as one that “gives back” and demonstrates social responsibility).
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Upon receipt of the nomination, the MRIA office will contact the nominee to determine interest in proceeding with the application process. If the nominee expresses interest, he/she will work with the office to complete the application form prior to it going forward to the Fellowship Review Committee. Upon completion of all of the Fellowship applications, a meeting of the Fellowship Review Committee will be called.
COMPOSITION AND ROLE OF THE FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
The Fellowship Review Committee changes annually and is comprised of five members appointed by the MRIA Board Chair. These members include two existing Fellows of MRIA and three Past-Chairs of MRIA, one of which being the immediate Past-Chair, who will lead the Committee. The composition of the Fellowship Review Committee is designed to facilitate a collective, informed evaluation and determination, on the part of the industry, on a Fellowship nomination.
The MRIA Chief Executive Officer “sits with” the Fellowship Review Committee in its deliberations in an ex officio capacity, to provide institutional memory and ensure consistent application of the Evaluation Criteria.
The Fellowship Review Committee acts within a “gatekeeper” capacity, reviewing all nominees and determining those applications that will move forward for MRIA Board approval for Fellowship. In cases where the collective knowledge and experience of Fellowship Review Committee members is insufficient to assess the information provided on a Fellowship Application, the Fellowship Review Committee’s mandate shall be to engage in discreet and confidential consultation outside of the committee to obtain corroboration of the nominee’s suitability for election to Fellowship.
Those nominees whom the Fellowship Review Committee deem not sufficient for Fellowship will be withdrawn from the process at this stage. In such cases, the nominee will be informed of the Fellowship Review Committee’s decision by the CEO. The Fellowship Review Committee’s decisions are not subject to appeal. All deliberations of the Fellowship Review Committee are confidential and, the specifics of its determinations will not be shared outside of the committee. Those nominees approved for Fellowship will be forwarded to the MRIA Board of Directors for approval by special electronic vote.
RECOGNITION OF NEW FELLOWS
Newly elected Fellows will be honoured and presented with their MRIA Fellowship Certificate and FMRIA pin at the next Annual Conference of the Association. Fellows have full membership rights for their lifetime without the payment of dues, and their Fellow designation remains on the Association’s records posthumously.
TIMETABLE FOR 2017 MRIA FELLOWSHIP
February 28, 2017
Deadline for submission of Fellowship Nominations.
April 14, 2017
Completed applications forwarded to the Fellowship Review Committee.
May 5, 2017
Final recommendations from the Fellowship Review Committee for 2017 Fellows to MRIA Board, unsuccessful nominees contacted by MRIA CEO.
May 12, 2017
Successful nominees informed of final decision by the MRIA CEO.
June 1, 2017
Fellowship Presentation Ceremony took place as part of the Awards Gala Dinner at 2017 MRIA National Conference in Toronto, Ontario
FREQUENCY OF MRIA FELLOWSHIP ELECTIONS
MRIA Fellowship Elections will be held every year in accordance with a consistent, well-publicized timetable.