One of the traditions that arose from the history of the EIS, and in particular its Royal Charter designation, is its unique conferral of Fellowship degrees. 

These fellowships were granted to those teachers deemed to have made outstanding contributions to education. Often this has recognised the service of EIS members. 

However, many public figures have also been awarded with honorary fellowships. Custodianship lies with an elected board of examiners who rigorously scrutinise nominees. For many recipients, being recognised by their peers and granted a fellowship is an experience to treasure.

Scottish poet and writer Liz Lochhead receiving her Honorary FEIS from Ronnie Smith and Kirsty Devanay, who was the first EIS President to come from a self governing association, FELA