PMI Fellow Award


The PMI Fellow Award is the highest and most prestigious individual award presented by Project Management Institute for service to the Institute and the project management profession.


  • The nominee must be a PMI member in good standing
  • The nominee must be nominated by at least four and not more than six individuals, one of whom must be the Lead Nominator.
  • The Lead Nominator must be a PMI Fellow and PMI member in good standing.

Not Eligible

  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • Current PMI staff, PMI contractors, and/or PMI consultants are not eligible to apply for this award.

Number of Awards

  • There is no limit to the number of PMI Fellow Award granted annually.
  • PMI reserves the right to select all nominees in a particular year if the nominations meet the stated criteria.
  • PMI reserves the right not to select any winner for a particular year if the evaluations performed indicate that nominations do not meet the stated criteria.



  • A PMI Fellow may serve as a Lead Nominator for up to two nominations per year.
  • The nominee must be nominated by the Lead Nominator as well as three to five additional nominators, of which two must be PMI Members in good standing. (Four to six nominators total.)
  • The Lead Nominator must:
    • Be a PMI Fellow.
    • Be a PMI member in good standing.
    • Assemble and submit the nomination.
    • Ensure that the nomination package is complete at the time of submission. Incomplete nomination packages will not be evaluated.
  • All nominators:
    • Cannot be the nominee’s direct report or direct supervisor.
    • Should be from different employers than that of the nominee and from each other.
    • Should be chosen to provide various perspectives of the nominee’s contributions.
  • Review PMI General Nominations Guidelines.


The nomination package must contain the following:

  • The PMI Fellow Award online application includes three criteria that must be met. Descriptions of contributions must highlight impact, outcomes, and results of the nominee’s efforts to PMI and the profession.
    • Criterion 1: The nominee has demonstrated significant and sustained contributions to PMI. These contributions span a minimum of ten (10) consecutive years.
    • Criterion 2: The nominee has made significant contributions to the project management profession that expand and advance the knowledge, use, and application of project management.
    • Criterion 3: The nominee’s contributions to PMI and to the project management profession are global in value, benefiting the worldwide project management community.
  • Letters of nomination (no more than two pages each) must be submitted by the Lead Nominator as well as three to five additional nominators, of which two must be PMI members in good standing. Each letter should be signed by the author and must should include:
    • A full description of the contributions deserving the award based on the stated criteria. The description must clearly outline why the contributions meet the states criteria and why the contributions represent an improved or enhanced use of project management or make a lasting contribution to the profession.
    • Contributions must highlight impact, outcomes, and results of the nominee’s efforts.
    • Length and type of association with the nominee. Any direct personal or professional relationship of the nominators with the nominee must be stated.
    • Each nominator must document their personal knowledge of the nominee’s contributions.
    • Contact information of the nominator (name, address, telephone, email, etc.).
  • A resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee may be included to expand the requested data and identify other professional accomplishments, but must include a summary document. The resume/curriculum vitae and summary document will not count toward the stated page count maximum.
  • List of awards received from PMI or other organizations.
  • A video (up to 2 minutes in length) of the nominee explaining why they should be selected for this award.

General Nominations Guidelines

Permissions and Release Form 

In the Event of a Successful Nomination

  • The PMI Professional Awards Staff will send the nomination package to a designated panel of evaluators, who are subject matter experts, for evaluation.
  • The nominations, evaluation process, and scores are proprietary to PMI and will not be disclosed to nominators or nominees.
  • The Lead Nominator and Nominee will be notified of the status of the nomination at the conclusion of the evaluation process.
  • Selection and communication of nomination status must take place no later than the third quarter of the year.

In the Event of an Unsuccessful Nomination

  • If a nominee is not selected, he or she may be re-nominated.
  • A new nomination package must be submitted in order for the nominee to be considered in subsequent years.

PMI Award FAQs

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the PMI Awards