RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme

Providing a quality mark for surgical education

Information for trainees

The transition from senior trainee to consultant can be a challenging step. RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships help bridge the gap. These peri-CCT fellowships typically last for between six months and two years and are in a range of specialties.


RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships are jointly approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Surgical Specialty Associations.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships are currently approved in these specialties:

See the National Fellowship Register for a full listing of approved RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships.

Information for consultants

Perhaps you have spotted an opportunity for developing high quality sub-specialty training for surgeons around the CCT stage. Why not meet the challenge with a RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship? Approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme*, these fellowships have a number of benefits, including:

  • Expert review by surgeons in the appropriate specialty
  • Assistance for you in attracting high calibre candidates
  • Assurance that posts offer a high quality learning experience, reflecting the standards set by the RCS and specialty associations, with an established curriculum and assessment using the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme methodology:
  • Listing on the National Fellowship Register
  • Use of the RCS Logo on course materials and website
  • Use of the strap line ‘This RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship post has been approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and [……] [specialty association(s)]
  • Listing in RCS Bulletin

The approval process

There are five main stages in the Fellowship approval process, outlined in the chart below. At each stage, the applicant may be asked to amend their fellowship programme. The time taken between initial application and final approval can take about four to six months, depending on the availability of reviewers, the straightforwardness of the application, and the timing of RCS meetings.


Apply now

To apply for Fellowship Approval, please select the link below:

Apply for Fellowship Approval