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Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI) is our most prestigious category of membership. Achieving FRCPI is an internationally recognised benchmark of professional excellence.
As a Fellow, you join the most senior echelons of the College, eligible to vote and contribute to our strategic direction. Having FRCPI after your name lets others know you are a highly experienced doctor who has mastered their specialty and made substantial contributions to medicine.
We are actively seeking to grow our Fellowship community and welcome applications from doctors who would like to become Fellows of the College.
If you would like to speak to us before applying, please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can apply to become a Fellow today if you meet the following criteria:
We will consider your application if you have Membership or Fellowship of one of the following colleges:
You can also apply for Fellowship of RCPI if you are a Fellow of one of our Faculties or Institute:
When you achieve FRCPI, the following opportunities and rewards become available to you.
Leadership and influence
VIP access to the College
Discounts and savings
In total, Fellowship benefits are worth €1,200 in savings per year.
This is a college for doctors, run by doctors since 1654. As a Fellow, you are joining a committed group of physicians operating at the forefront of medicine in Ireland and internationally.
Professor Mary HorganPresident, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
We have a large, vibrant international community of Fellows - over 50% of our Fellows are not based in Ireland. The top 10 countries where our Fellows are based are:
Fellows who are not based in Ireland are entitled to access all of the rewards listed above and they also use the FRCPI postnominal.
Our international Fellows often act as ambassadors for RCPI in their region, helping us to arrange educational and social events in their part of the world. As an international Fellow you can help grow the College's global presence and reputation.
1. Check you meet the criteria for Fellowship
2. Complete the PDF application form, available below
3. We will check your application is eligible to go forward
4. We will contact the Fellows ("Nominators") named on your form to confirm they support your application
5. Your application will go to our Credentials Committee for initial approval
6. Your application will go to RCPI Council for final approval
7. You will be informed if your application has been successful and if so, you will be invited to attend our next Fellowship admission ceremony in No.6 Kildare Street
Submit your application for Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
If you would like to recommend a colleague for Fellowship, we would love to hear from you.
You can propose someone for Fellowship by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your colleague's
We will then contact this person, assess their eligibility and guide them through the application process.
Please note, only Fellows of RCPI can nominate someone for Fellowship.
Fellowship of the College provides an excellent opportunity to work with other physicians interested in developing the very best training, medical care and health policies.
Professor Francis Finucane FRCPIConsultant Endocrinologist
Fellowship admission ceremonies are currently held twice a year in June and October in our historic home at No.6 Kildare Street.
Our 2020 admission ceremony dates are
You are not officially a Fellow until you attend your admission ceremony and make a declaration in the presence of the President of the College.
Fellowship applications for the June 2020 ceremony must be finalised and submitted by 13 March 2020.
Fellowship applications for the October 2020 ceremony must be finalised and submitted by 28 August 2020.
If you have questions about becoming a Fellow we are very happy to talk to you.