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 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
  • free access to clinical resources, such as our acute care toolkits and a library collection of ejournals, ebooks and databases
  • 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.

A full list of benefits and fellowship fee concessions are available in the 'RCP fellowship full benefits list' document below.

Becoming a fellow

Unlike our membership categories, doctors can not apply to become a fellow but have to be nominated. There are two routes to becoming a fellow:

  1. Doctors can be proposed by an existing fellow of the RCP (London only) who completes a proposal form on the doctor’s behalf. The RCP expects fellowship candidates to be working as a consultant in a substantive post (or equivalent abroad) for a minimum of 3 years. The proposal form can only be sent to the proposer and not to the candidate, as we do not allow self-proposal. We do not supply lists of fellows of the RCP to candidates.
  2. Doctors who have held MRCP(UK) for 4 years or more, work in one of our mainstream specialties as a consultant in a substantive post for 3 years or more in the UK, and who return their census workforce forms to the RCP, will automatically be entered into the fellowship election. Census forms are sent to every consultant working in the UK for whom we hold a current work email address.

If you do want to apply, please note:

  • There is no examination to become a fellow of the RCP.
  • If you have previously refused fellowship but would now like to be considered, please contact the fellowship coordinator: fellowshipqueries@rcplondon.ac.uk.
  • Proposers can nominate a fellow via the online proposal form, accessed through My RCP (you must be logged in).

Timeline for fellowship

In any given calendar year, the deadline for submitting a proposal form is 1 September for election to fellowship in March the following year.