Fellowship

Fellows of the RCP are distinguished consultants and are given the honour of using the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) postnominal.

Fellowship is an accolade held by some of the most exceptional and innovative physicians in the world. It is a mark of your achievement and skill as a doctor and recognises your ongoing contribution to the profession.

Benefits of fellowship

RCP fellowship offers a wide range of benefits aimed at your career development, continued education and voice within the government. Just a few of your benefits include:

  • use of the FRCP postnominal
  • the right to vote for councillors, officers and to attend the AGM
  • our CPD diary, saving you £155 per year
  • resources including Clinical Medicine and Commentary delivered to your door, bimonthly
  • web-streamed conferences, lectures and teach-ins to allow you to participate from afar, including access to our video archive
  • exclusive discounts, which may include free entry, to RCP events and conferences.

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

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 (candidate should ideally have 3 or more years’ experience as a consultant)
  • criteria – automatically selected for consideration by the RCP, via the annual census, after 3 or more years as a consultant
  • 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 (candidate should ideally have 3 or more years’ experience as a consultant)
  • criteria – automatically selected for consideration by the RCP after 10 years as an RCP collegiate member
  • self-declarationsubmission of a personal statement via the RCP website. The candidate must 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. 

You can learn more about the 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.