Becoming an RPS Fellow


Being appointed a Fellow of the Society is one of the highest honours we can bestow upon our Members.

Fellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career. As Fellowships are based on nominations from Members, they signify the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.

Nominations for Fellowship are welcome at any point of the year and the Panel of Fellows will be holding their next meeting in November 2020. 

Nominations for Society Fellowship must be received by the Secretary of the Panel of Fellows by 21 April 2021 to be considered at this meeting.

See the Nominating Fellows section below.


  • Nominees must have been a Member of the Society for at least 12 years
  • Nominees must have made an outstanding original contribution to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge or attained distinction in the science, practice, profession or history of pharmacy

Please note that Fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award; nominations for younger pharmacists who meet the eligibility criteria are more than welcome and will be considered in the same way as nominations for more experienced pharmacists.

Nominating Fellows

Any Member of the Society can nominate another Member for a Fellowship providing the nominee meets the eligibility criteria above. To nominate someone you'll need to download the guidelines and nomination form below.

The nominator’s proposal should be supported by two further Members and either the nominator or at least one of the supporters must be a Fellow.

Anyone nominating a Member for a Fellowship is asked to complete the nomination form and provide a supporting statement.

The two supporters are also asked to provide supporting statements.

A CV is required by the Panel.

Please note that if you are nominating a family member for Fellowship, although a supporting statement is welcome, it is advisable not to act as the primary nominator.

Group nominations will not be accepted by the Panel. Each person should be nominated on a separate nomination form, as the Panel needs to assess the unique contribution of each individual in assessing a person for Fellowship.

Please complete all parts of the form, answer all of the questions and provide supporting statements and a CV as a decision can normally only be made on the evidence submitted as part of the nomination process

If the procedure is not followed and an incomplete nomination is submitted the Panel may not be able to accept it.

Download the guidelines & nomination form »

Nominators might find it helpful to read the following exemplar before completing the form in order to understand how much detail is required by the Panel. 

Download an example of a Fellowship nomination » 

As the nominator of a prospective Fellow, you want to do your professional colleague justice when you complete the nomination form. But how do you make sure your submission makes it easy for the Panel of Fellows to understand what sets this pharmacist apart and see clearly why the Award should be made?

Find out how to optimise your chance of success >>

Appointing Fellows

The Assembly appointed Panel of Fellows review all nominations and determine who will be awarded a Fellowship of the Society. 

Nominations can be submitted at any time by sending your nomination forms to [email protected]

The Panel meet twice a year in May and November to consider the nominations and make a decision.

The list of individuals who have been awarded Fellowships is published in the Pharmaceutical Journal following the Assembly meeting where the names are presented.

Read case studies of some RPS Fellows

Network with RPS Fellows

List of current RPS Fellows

Annual Fellows' Dinner

Fellows of the Society are invited to attend the Annual Fellows' Dinner and Reception. Unfortunately the 2020 dinner on Thursday 4 June at The Law Society had to be cancelled, and all face-to-face RPS Events are now cancelled until further notice.

Any questions?

If you know someone who deserves to be nominated as an RPS Fellow please contact our friendly Membership Team:

Call 0333 733 2570 or email [email protected]