Fellowship via election

If you’d like to become an RCPCH Examiner or stand for President, you need to become a Fellow first.

If you are working in a substantive, non-training post, and are not on the GMC or IMC specialist register in paediatrics but have achieved distinction you can apply for Fellowship via election.

Examples of distinction include:

  • several first named articles in international peer reviewed journals, or
  • national service development leadership roles, which will be judged on what is thought to be achievable locally, or
  • Examiner Elect for the College.

Please note you will need two scanned signed letters of support from RCPCH Fellows (one proposer must be resident in the UK) to upload with your application

Membership per year (includes subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood)

 - UK and Republic of Ireland
 - Rest of Europe and North America
 - Other countries





Your fellowship

  • Use of FRCPCH designation 
  • FRCPCH lapel pin
  • Fellowship certificate
  • Voting rights
  • Representation on Council
  • Regional support
  • Listing on online members' directory
  • Use of the members’ room in RCPCH London office
  • Opportunities to apply for senior College posts, including President and Examiners
  • RCPCH account with personalised dashboard

Resources and communications

  • Subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood journal (cost to non-members is £409)
  • Online Child Protection Companion
  • Online Paediatrician’s Handbook
  • College quarterly newsletter
  • Option to receive regular email news bulletins
  • The innovative  Paediatric Care Online resource
  • Access to Research Funding Database

Professional development

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) tools and advice (£205 to non-members)
  • Revalidation support
  • Reduced fees for RCPCH Conference and other courses and events 


To apply for Fellowship by election, you must be working in a substantive (eg permanent), non-training post and have achieved distinction. Examples of distinction include the below.

Example distinction - RCPCH Examiner or Examiner Elect

You will need to provide a letter or email from the College's Clinical Examinations Coordinator in your application.

More about becoming an examiner - or contact daniel.crane@rcpch.ac.uk

Example distinction - Publications

If you are a first named author on several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Archives of Disease in Childhood, you will need to list these.

Example distinction - National service development leadership roles

If you have taken leadership roles in national services, you will need to list these. These might include work on medical campaigns or with medical charities, eg UNICEF, WHO, Red Cross or other major medical charities.


You must provide letters of support from two proposers, current RCPCH Fellows, at least one of whom must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. 

Other route to fellowship

Note that Fellowship is also available to those on the GMC Specialist Register in Paediatrics OR the IMC Specialist Register for Paediatrics - find out more.

Application timeline

Applications are considered three times a year by the RCPCH Membership Committee and Council, which normally meets in January, May and September each year. However this is subject to change.

Please ensure you read the membership bye-laws and regulations before applying.


Download the RCPCH Fellowship Membership leaflet (PDF, 313KB)