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Information for newly elected fellows

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP London) is a prestigious accolade held by some of the most innovative and exceptional physicians in the world. Here is all the necessary information newly elected fellows need to understand what opportunities are available to them.   

Becoming an RCP fellow

The RCP’s work draws upon the knowledge, skills and experiences of all our members and our strength and authority as an organisation depends on our fellows and members’ sustained engagement. We want our fellows to play an active role in the RCP, because the commitment that you make is one of the key factors that will determine our future success and ability to lead physicians from around the world.

Fellows assist with the RCP’s main objectives by supporting and contributing to the RCP to:

  • champion the values of the medical profession
  • promote and improve patient-centred care
  • influence the health care agenda
  • improve standards in clinical practice.

The RCP’s work draws upon the knowledge, skills and experiences of all our members and our strength and authority as an organisation depends on our fellows and members’ sustained engagement.

Why be a fellow?

As an RCP fellow you will have the right to use the FRCP postnominal. In addition, fellowship enables you to:

  • influence national health policy via personal representation on groups and committees and input into consultations
  • play an active role in the direction and governance of the RCP, through voting and having the opportunity to stand in elections and sit on Council
  • be involved in the development of specialty specific curricula, core medical training, educational support and national guidelines and standards which improve patient safety
  • sit on the appointments advisory committee
  • deliver the MRCP(UK) exams and SCEs both in the UK and internationally
  • provide local support through college tutors and regional advisors of trainees and consultants
  • propose colleagues for fellowship.

As an international fellow you can also:

  • use the FRCP postnominal, being recognised internationally as a physician of high standing
  • act as an ambassador for the RCP in your local region and country
  • help the RCP to understand how it can be most effective as an international organisation.

Fellowship benefits

The full list of fellowship benefits include:

  • access to the electronic CPD diary (worth £160)
  • resources including Clinical Medicine and Commentary delivered to your door six times a year plus an online archive
  • web-streamed conferences, lectures and teach-ins to allow you to participate from afar, including access to our video archive
  • exclusive discounts on RCP events and conferences

Fellowship candidates who have recently been elected to fellowship, by the RCP Council, will be sent an email which will allow access to our acceptance form. These candidates will need to complete and submit our acceptance form and pay an admission fee (currently £270) in order to accept our award of fellowship.

In order to maintain fellowship our elected fellows will need to adhere to bye-law 152 (please refer to the payment information section below).

Fellowship Ceremonies

All 2020 ceremonies have been cancelled due to COVID-19           

Please contact our fellowship co-ordinator at Fellowshipqueries@rcplondon.ac.uk with your details, RCP Code and chosen date for you to be booked in. Details for the dinner that follows will be sent nearer the time of your chosen ceremony.

The following dates are available for 2022:

  • 17 May
  • 26 July
  • 21 September

Alternatively, if you no longer wish to attend a ceremony, your diploma will be sent at a later date once we are back in our offices. Please still contact us to confirm this.


Ceremony information

RCP activities

Payment information

Additional information