Fellowship of the RCP

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) 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.

Fellowship benefits

Fellowship comes with many benefits, including:

  • use of FRCP post-nominal
  • the ability to play an active role in the direction and governance of the RCP, including voting and standing in elections and sitting on Council
  • the opportunity to take on a leadership role within the RCP and the profession as a whole, including taking on salaried college officer roles
  • use of the RCP CPD diary, with accredited CPD activity, as well as the exclusive fellows' area
  • access to Acute care toolkits
  • free access to EMBASE, the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the BMJ, NEJM, JAMA, all Wiley medical journals and thousands of other ejournals, ebooks and databases in the library collection
  • library services including document delivery,  long-distance book loans and free literature searches
  • discounts on RCP conferences and events
  • publications such as Clinical Medicine, the Future Hospital Journal, and Commentary delivered to your door
  • a 20% discount on UpToDate, the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource
  • access to our member-only video archive, allowing you to watch recordings of more than 100 exclusive educational events and 'Teach-ins' at your convenience.

A full list of benefits and fellowship fee concessions can be downloaded below.

Becoming a fellow

There are three routes into fellowship:

  1. nomination
  2. criteria
  3. self-declaration.

Please note that: 

  • All candidates in the fellowship elections are not guaranteed an offer of fellowship. The final decision always rests with Council.
  • Existing fellows can propose a doctor via the online proposal form by accessing My RCP (you need to log in).
  • 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).

Fellowship cycles

There are now three fellowship cycles per year:

  • December–March (deadline for submitting the proposal form: 1 November)
  • April–July (deadline for submitting the proposal form: 1 March)
  • August–November (deadline for submitting the proposal form: 1 July).