Nominations for fellowship


Fellowship of the College is awarded as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. Because it is a College award, candidates and citators are asked to demonstrate and evidence significant contributions to the core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

  • Setting standards and promoting excellence in mental health care.
  • Leading, representing and supporting psychiatrists.
  • Working with service users, carers and their organisations.

Candidates are invited also to document their contributions to the College's stated aim of patient centred practice through: Professionalism, innovation and research, lifelong learning, fairness and inclusion, ethical practice and multi-disciplinary working. If successful, Fellows are entitled to use the designation ‘FRCPsych’ once they have paid the prescribed registration fee.

Nominees for the Fellowship must be subscribing members of the College at the time when nominations are submitted. Sponsors will be notified if this is not the case.

Nominations are considered annually by College committees.

All members who have achieved 10 years in membership as at 1 January 2020 are encouraged to consider applying for Fellowship for the 2020/2021 round.

All applications received will be submitted to the Nominations Committee for consideration. The outcome of the decisions made by the Nominations Committee will be sent to the applicants in October / November.

For any further information about Fellowship please contact the membership team by email at


Nominations for the College Fellowship must be supported by two Sponsors, both of whom must be subscribing members of the College.

Sponsors must not be members of the Education, Training & Standards Committee at the time of submitting their nomination.

Please ensure that you read the guidance pages before completing the nomination forms.

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