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Fellowship

Fellows of the RCP are distinguished consultants or SAS doctors and are given the honour of using the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) postnominal. As an RCP fellow, your standout contribution to medicine is recognised and your voice is amplified to shape the future of healthcare.

As an RCP fellow, you will belong to an influential and diverse community of genuine change makers, who value your expertise to shape better, more equitable healthcare. Fellowship also provides the professional recognition your achievements deserve, opportunities to fulfil advisory and leadership roles, and a platform to further your career.

Benefits of fellowship

RCP fellowship amplifies your voice to drive regional, national and international change, and promotes recognition of your specialist contribution and knowledge. As part of this influential community, your expertise and experience will continually develop.

Fellowship also opens up opportunities to support up-and-coming colleagues – by representing them in advisory and leadership roles (within the RCP and externally), promoting clinician career development, and ensuring they get the recognition they deserve.

The rights of a fellow includes: 

  • use of the FRCP postnominal.
  • the right to stand as a candidate as well as vote in presidential, officer and councillor elections and to attend the AGM.
  • the right to nominate others to fellowship.
  • to hold advisory and leadership roles within the RCP and externally.

Your benefits will also include:

To see a complete list of benefits you'll receive, check out the benefits list at the bottom of the page.

Propose someone for fellowship

Fellowship is an accolade held by some of the most inspirational and innovative physicians in the world, drawn from across the profession, and elected into fellowship by senior clinicians. It is a mark of your achievement and skill as a doctor that recognises your ongoing contribution to the profession.

Propose someone for fellowship using our online proposal form (only fellows of the RCP can nominate a candidate for fellowship).

Routes into fellowship

Fellowship isn't membership, it's an accolade, and as such there are specific ways a member can become a fellow.

UK candidates

  • nomination – nomination by an existing fellow of the RCP
  • criteria – automatically selected for consideration by the RCP, via the annual census, after 2 or more years as a consultant or SAS doctor
  • self-declaration – declaration of interest to become a fellow via the annual census. The candidate must be an RCP London member.

International candidates

  • nomination – nomination by an existing fellow of the RCP 
  • criteria – automatically selected for consideration by the RCP after 10 years as an RCP collegiate member. Eligible candidates will be sent an email inviting them to self declare
  • self-declaration – submission of a personal statement via the RCP website for international candidates only. The candidate must also hold the MRCP(UK) qualification for 10 or more years and have the support of a fellow of the RCP (London). Please refer to the privacy notice. Eligible candidates can apply to the fellowship co-ordinator for the form. E: fellowshipqueries@rcplondon.ac.uk

You can learn more about the RCP Council assessment for proposed fellows by reading our fellowship proposal criteria below.

All candidates in the fellowship elections are not guaranteed an offer of fellowship. The final decision always rests with the RCP Council.

Existing fellows can propose a doctor via the online proposal form by accessing MyRCP.

Deadlines for proposals of fellowship

The deadlines for submitting the proposal forms in any given calendar year are:

  • 1 March (for the July election).
  • 1 July (for the November election).
  • 1 November (for the March election).

When will proposals be considered?

Proposals received between 2 November and 1 March:

  • considered in the March–July cycle (July Council).

Proposals received between 2 March and 1 July:

  • considered in the July–November cycle (November Council).

Proposals received between 2 July and 1 November:

  • considered in the November–March cycle (March Council).

To be considered, a potential fellow must be in good standing as defined by the RCP.