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Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

We welcome applications to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

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.

Do you meet the following criteria?

You can apply to become a Fellow today if you meet the following criteria:

  • You've had MRCPI for 4+ years
  • You've been in a Consultant post for 1+ year(s)
  • You have found two Fellows (FRCPI) to support your application

Not a Member of RCPI? 

We will consider your application if you have Membership or Fellowship of one of the following colleges:

  • Academy of Medicine Malaysia
  • Academy of Medicine Singapore
  • American College of Physicians
  • College of Medicine South Africa
  • Hong Kong Academy of Medicine/Hong Kong College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Physicians London
  • Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada

You can also apply for Fellowship of RCPI if you are a Fellow of one of our Faculties or Institute:

  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  • Faculty of Pathology
  • Faculty of Paediatrics
  • Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Why become a Fellow?

When you achieve FRCPI, the following opportunities and rewards become available to you.

Leadership and influence

  • Ability to vote for our President and Council members - Collectively, Fellows act as our governing body and elect a Council, which sets the strategic direction of the College
  • Eligible to apply for top leadership roles within the College, such as Deans and Directors, which means you can shape how we develop key policies and programmes
  • Opportunities to contribute to national policy and advocacy campaigns led by RCPI. Many of the Fellows who speak to the media on behalf of the College have built international reputations as experts on key issues.
  • Invitation to participate in our Annual Stated Meeting in October each year
  • Support colleagues' applications for Fellowship

VIP access to the College

  • Free attendance at our Masterclasses and annual St Luke's conference, worth 35 CPD credits each year
  • Access to a programme of free historical and cultural events run by our Heritage Centre
  • 30% discount on room hire at No.6 Kildare Street
  • Free use of our Fellows' Room in No.6 Kildare Street, a cosy period-style drawing room facing onto Kildare Street

Discounts and savings

  • Free online access to The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and BMJ online (worth €543)
  • €50 discount on your Professional Competence Scheme if in Ireland
  • Access to the RCPI Affiinity Scheme, offering discounts and savings on everyday expenses and luxury treats including hotels, cinema tickets, restaurants, travel, gyms, jewellery, high-street brands and much more
  • 10% discount on bookings with Radisson Blu Hotels, Best Western Hotels and Resorts, Irish Country Hotels
  • Up to 15% off Apple products with Compu B
  • 10% discount on Hertz car hire
  • And lots more discounts 

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 Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Not in 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:

  1. United Kingdom 
  2. Saudi Arabia 
  3. Malaysia 
  4. United Arab Emirates 
  5. United States 
  6. Pakistan 
  7. India 
  8. Canada 
  9. Australia 
  10. Oman

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.

Learn more about Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

How the FRCPI application process works

1. Check you meet the criteria for Fellowship

2. Complete the PDF application form, available below

  • You will be asked to describe the value of Fellowship to you and your contribution (or potential contribution) to medicine and/or RCPI
  • You will be asked for a full list of your academic qualifications and a full list of substantive posts that you’ve held

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

Apply to become a Fellow

Submit your application for Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Would you like to nominate someone for Fellowship?

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 nominations@rcpi.ie and providing your colleague's

  • Full name
  • Current position/job title
  • Medical Council number (if known)
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address

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 FRCPI

Consultant Endocrinologist

Fellowship Admission Ceremonies

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

  • 19 June 2020
  • 16 October 2020

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.

Contact us

If you have questions about becoming a Fellow we are very happy to talk to you.

Rosaleen Tarleton

Coordinator, Membership Services

Tel: +353 1 863 9685

Contact Rosaleen for information about benefits for Members and Fellows.