Fellowship is awarded to consultants or equivalent. It recognises clinical achievement, confers international peer recognition and presents enhanced professional opportunities to contribute to standard-setting and our policy influencing activities.

Please see our NEW self-nomination forms for candidates who wish to self-nominate for election to Fellowship – Collegiate Members & non-Collegiate Members.

The self-nomination route is open to:

  • Non-Collegiate Members in the UK who have obtained MRCP(UK) or MRCPCH and who hold a substantive NHS Consultant post or academic equivalent; candidates must be on the Specialist Register.
  • Collegiate Members in the UK who hold a substantive Consultant post or academic equivalent; candidates must be on the Specialist Register.
  • International Collegiate Members who have held a substantive Consultant post or academic equivalent for at least 11 months before self-nominating.

Please click here for the guidance notes and criteria for self-nominating candidates.

Please click here to access the self-nomination application forms.


Benefits include:

Keeping your knowledge up to date

  • Free and discounted access to our programme of specialty and general medical education, including Symposia, Evening Medical Updates, International Medical Updates and Courses
  • Discounted access to our non-clinical Courses, including Clinical Research and Systematic Review
  • Access to hundreds of hours of clinical and non-clinical content and resources through our Education Portal, a virtual learning environment which provides a rich programme of online continuing medical education – new material is added each month
  • Free quarterly digital access to The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Access a range of educational resources, which includes journals from the BMJ and AMA, via the Knowledge Network. Visit the OpenAthens website and enter Member of Scottish Royal Colleges when prompted

Developing your career

  • Use the internationally recognised ‘FRCP Edin’ post-nominals
  • Professional support for undergoing the UK system of revalidation
  • Access to the UK CPD for Physicians scheme (value £165)
  • Join Enhance: Mentoring for Medics, our fully funded mentoring programme and support the next generation of physicians
  • Network with and learn from like-minded colleagues through attending events
  • Regular medical and training news updates
  • Access resources created by our Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee to support your transition to becoming a consultant
  • Attend our popular free New Fellows’ ceremonies and dinners

Making your life easier

  • Fellowship voucher, entitling you to attend a second symposium for free within a 12 month period (save up to £139)
  • Discounted rates for hiring the College facilities in central Edinburgh including our meeting rooms and accommodation
  • Discounted rates if you’re working less than full-time (LTFT) (25%) or on maternity leave (50%)
  • Receive exclusive offers on a range of goods and services through our Lifestyle Rewards
  • Use RCP London accommodation at competitive rates

Representing your voice

  • Contribute to consultations on a range of health policy and clinical matters
  • Representation by our Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee
  • Regular Presidential Overseas Visits, allowing us to hear what matters to you
  • Voice and influence via Federation, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and MRCP(UK)
  • Influence the College and wider external policy
  • Representation through the College with UK Government, Scottish Government, NICE, NHS and other organisations, with the opportunity to contribute to surveys and policy papers on topical issues

Sharing our heritage

  • Access our Library services at the College or online
  • Borrow items from our modern collections
  • Free entry to history of medicine talks and tours organised by our Heritage Team

Value for Money:

  • Receive free and discounted access to our programme of specialty and general medical education, including Symposia, Evening Medical Updates and Courses
  • Fellows and Members in the UK: Access to the Physicians’ CPD Diary and app, value £165
  • Join Enhance: Mentoring for Medics, our fully funded mentoring programme as a Mentor or as a Mentee
  • Explore our online learning portal, which provides articles, lectures, interactive cases, self-assessment, and approved distance-learning CPD
  • Tax relief: The College has been approved as a professional body by HMRC; UK tax payers who are not retired may be able to claim tax back on their subscriptions. RCPE Guide - Claiming back professional expenses for UK doctors
  • Reduced subscription if you work less than full time hours (LTFT) or if you are on maternity/paternity leave - we offer up to 50% discounts on subscription fees

Becoming involved in your College

  • Represent the College regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Contribute to the development of our education programme
  • Join the Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee if you’re a Consultant in the UK
  • Nominate suitable colleagues for Fellowship
  • Opportunities for Fellows who wish to develop their careers and CVs by becoming MRCP(UK) examiners
  • Host local and international sites for webstreaming our Symposia and Evening Medical Updates
  • Eligibility to stand, nominate and vote in elections of President, Vice Presidents and Council
  • Eligibility to apply for a range of Office Bearer positions
  • Eligibility to apply to become an RCPE Regional Adviser in the UK or overseas 

How to receive College Fellowship

Guidance on eligibility is outlined below:

  • Curriculum Vitae: Sample Template.  The Fellowship Committee at the RCPE has produced this CV template to assist those being nominated for Fellowship of the College. Candidates for Fellowship may find it useful to base their CVs on this template, as it outlines the areas which are deemed to be of particular importance when a submission is being reviewed by the committee. Candidates are not expected to have experience in all the areas covered in this template.  However, an active and current role in education at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level is expected for potential Fellows.  Proposers are asked to ensure that their candidates' CVs contain details about their teaching role as teaching is a requirement for Fellowship.   The CV should be a maximum of 10 pages, and publications may be added as an annexe if necessary.  Please note that although it is not mandatory for candidates’ CVs to be submitted using the CV template, the Fellowship Committee strongly recommends using the template as this often results in quicker decisions and may also result in more positive decisions for candidates.
  • Proposer route

    • Candidates must have passed the MRCP (UK), MRCP (Edin) or MRCPCH Examination, and be proposed by a Fellow of the College.  There is no longer a qualifying period following appointment to a UK Consultant post.  Overseas candidates must have held a substantive Consultant post or equivalent appointment for at least 11 months before being nominatedPlease see these guidance notes in relation to the nomination of Membership candidates. 
    • We recognise the valuable role that UK Associate Consultants and SAS doctors play, and welcome their nomination for Fellowship. Those in the UK (Associate Consultants, Staff and Associate Specialists) holding MRCP (UK) and MRCP (Edin) are eligible for election to Fellowship after a minimum period of 10 years post full registration.
    • Eminent individuals who do not possess MRCP(UK), MRCP Edin or MRCPCH may be nominated by 2 Fellows of this College.  Please see these guidance notes in relation to non-Membership candidates.

If you believe you meet the criteria for Fellowship and would be interested in discussing nomination please contact Avril Harries or call 0044 (0)131 247 3650