Become a Fellow
Become part of a diverse movement for social change.
If you share or demonstrate a commitment to positive social change in your professional, civic or personal life, we want to hear from you.
Watch some Fellows in action at a recent Social Entrepreneurs Network event, one of our many networks around the world:
About the Fellowship
The RSA Fellowship is a network of over 27,000 Fellows in over 80 countries, including North America. Mobilizing the talent and experience of our Fellows we turn ideas into action. By adding your expertise and enthusiasm to the Fellowship Network, you can too.
Who is eligible to become a Fellow?Fellowship is open to anyone anywhere in the world who shares or demonstrates a commitment to positive social change in their professional, civic or personal life.
See the Fellowship Charter below and our FAQs for more information about how we interpret this.
Who are RSA Fellows?The RSA Fellowship is a diverse and multidisciplinary group of people united by a desire to positively change the world we live in. Fellows include: scientists, philosophers and environmentalists; leaders in the commercial, voluntary and public sectors; designers and architects; social entrepreneurs; innovative practitioners of literature, film, dance, and the visual arts; opinion formers and journalists.
See our News pages or Fellows' profiles page page to find out more about our Fellows and their activity.
What can I enjoy?
As a Fellow you can enjoy:
- A diverse and influential community
- New ideas, skills and contacts
- Opportunities to develop projects and support others
- Catalyst fund - seed funding and resources to support your projects and ideas
- A regular e-newsletter
- An award winning quarterly RSA Journal
What are the fees and how are they used?RSA United States is a 5.01c(3) non-profit organization which relies completely on Fellowship dues to support its work. Fellowship dues are not tax deductible (although additional contributions are).
There is a one-off registration fee of $120 when you first join.
$4,750 for applicants aged 64 and under
$2,400 for applicants aged 65 and over
New Fellows taking up life Fellowship pay no registration fee. Life Fellowship is offered with a 50% reduction once you have been a Fellow for ten years.
*Dollar amounts are updated to reflect current exchange rates.
How can I get more information?If you have any questions about becoming a Fellow, email the Fellowship Team or speak to our US based Fellowship Director in Virginia (Eastern Time) on 703 830 4176, or via email.
The Fellowship Charter: What do I sign up to?The Fellowship Charter explains what being part of the RSA means in the contemporary world. It sets out how the RSA and the Fellowship aim to work together to achieve the principles in our founding Charter; and re-affirms the central importance of a Fellow's role in achieving them.
‘Undertakings for the Public Good’
We were founded in 1754 for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Today the RSA operates on a local, national, regional and international scale to turn optimistic thinking into positive action. We form a unique combination of committed people and diverse ways of working in our efforts to find innovative practical solutions to pressing social problems.
‘Members from all Ranks, Professions and Trades’
We are a global network of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Recognising that together we are greater than the sum of our parts, we have confidence in our collective ability to effect change. We share a commitment to working in a way that realises both our own untapped potential and that of others, encourages human empathy and a respect for difference, and has ethical consideration for the implications of our actions.
‘Discoveries, Inventions and Improvements’
We inspire innovative thinking by promoting new ideas, and being open-minded and creative in our approach. We enable positive change by leading, contributing or encouraging pioneering initiatives and being generous in sharing resources and skills. We support each other by working collaboratively and creating an enlightened space in which to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
The RSA Fellowship Charter was signed off by the Fellowship Council, June 2010
How can I apply to become a Fellow?
You can contact Lynn Broadbent, Director of RSA US, via email or telephone 703 830 4176 to discuss how Fellowship works in America.
You can also submit your name and email address, and we'll send you an email with a link to our application form.