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IHA Fellows terms and conditions

1.    IHA Fellows

Fellows are members of the International Hydropower Association with recognised expertise in the hydropower sector. All members of the association with relevant professional background can apply to become a fellow member; Fellow membership is free of charge and is awarded based on proven experience.

1.1    All candidates for Fellowship must be members of IHA, either as an individual or as a representative of a corporate member. Therefore the Fellowship shall be open to:

1.1.1  Individual members of IHA with at least five years’ professional experience in a senior management position, or ten years’ experience in a specialist field within the hydropower sector, who will be known as Individual Fellows and who will have to provide contact details of two professional referees. 

1.1.2  Individuals nominated by the Primary Representative of their organisation and one other professional referee. The nominated individual must also have at least five years’ professional experience in a senior management position, or ten years’ experience in a specialist field within the hydropower sector, who will be known as Nominated Fellows. 

1.2.   By applying to become a Fellow member, you hereby give IHA permission to share your application form with your referees. In addition, you give your consent for IHA to publish your name, professional title, employer, summary professional profile and expertise as part of a register of all Fellows on IHA’s website, annual report and online member community. 

2.    Individual Fellows 

2.1    Applicants for individual Fellow membership will complete an application form, providing the names and email addresses of two referees.

2.1.1  IHA reserves the right to refuse an applicant who does not meet the criteria to qualify for the title, or who fails to provide details of the required referees or is any references are deemed unacceptable by IHA. The association also reserves the discretionary right to decline a Fellow member application for any other reason deemed relevant by IHA.  In that event, the applicant will still be a member of the Association but will not be entitled to the Fellowship title.

2.1.2 Once applicants become Fellow members of IHA, they will be able to use the letters F.IHA after their name. 

2.1.3 Fellowship is a benefit of membership; when membership ends for any reason, the person ceases to be a Fellow and is not entitled to use the letters F.IHA after his or her name or to benefit from IHA. 

2.1.4 IHA reserves the right to verify the references upon renewal of membership. The Individual Fellow will remain a Fellow on renewal of membership, provided that IHA deems this appropriate. 

3.    Nominated Fellows

3.1    Applicants from an IHA corporate member will be nominated by the Primary representative of their organisation and will meet the criteria described in clause 1.1.2 The Primary representative will sign and send the nomination form to IHA, confirming that their nominated employee(s) meet(s) the required criteria. Each nomination must also be supported by an additional professional referee. 

3.2    Each corporate member will be able to nominate a number of Fellows free of charge. Platinum members can nominate up to ten Fellows, Gold can nominate four and Silver can nominate one. If the organisation wishes to recommend an extra number of employees for the title, the organisation or the individual will have to purchase an individual membership at the current rate for each extra employee wishing to become a Fellow of IHA. These extra employees will be treated as Individual Fellows (see clause 2). 

3.2.1 The Primary Representative is able to nominate himself/herself if the requirements for the title are met. 

4.    Entitlement 

4.1    Once applicants become Fellow members of IHA, they will be able to use the letters F.IHA after their name. 

4.2    Fellowship is a benefit of membership; when the membership of the organisation ends for any reason, Nominated Fellows cease to be Fellows and are not entitled to use the letters F.IHA after their names, or to benefit from the services of IHA unless they become an individual member of IHA. 

5.    Change of clause 

IHA reserves the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time, and the continued use of the title will signify the member's acceptance of such. IHA will give 30 days’ notice of such changes to the current Fellow member prior to any changes becoming effective. 

6.    Agreement

Fellow members accept and agree to be bound by the terms and provision of this agreement. If you are accepted as a Fellow member, the title F.IHA does not imply any form of employment or mandate to represent IHA.