When you become a Fellow of the RSA you become part of a diverse network of like-minded people who want to build a better society.
In this empowering RSA Short Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, explains why it is so important that we strive to make a difference:
Join a network that inspires
Our 27,000 Fellows come from a diverse range of backgrounds - together they are inspired by the brightest ideas, share our commitment to improving society, and are a force for positive social change. As a Fellow of the RSA you can:
Connect with other Fellows
No other organisation in the world offers such a unique network of individuals. You can meet other Fellows at a range of events or use one of our online platforms to connect with those who share your interests.
Turn ideas into reality
RSA Catalyst provides money, expertise and crowdfunding to Fellows looking to turn their ideas into reality and improve the world around them.
An inspirational network of Fellows are sharing their knowledge and expertise through RSA SkillsBank. You can draw upon expertise from within the network to help you develop a project or invest some of your time to help other Fellows with theirs.
Use RSA House
The intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 250 years. RSA House is open 5 days a week (8am – 8pm) to Fellows and up to five of their guests. The recently refurbished House offers a lending library, bar, restaurant, breakout spaces, a dedicated Fellows’ meeting room, and wi-fi throughout. Would you like a tour of the House? If so, email our Fellowship team.
Be inspired by new ideas
Our award winning quarterly RSA Journal combines original ideas from around the world alongside the latest news from the RSA and our Fellowship.
The brightest ideas from our Action and Research Centre and Public Events programme are made available to all – thanks to the support of our Fellows.
Support our mission
For over 260 years the RSA has tackled some of society’s greatest challenges. We seek out enlightened thinking and put it to work in practical ways, and through our unique Fellowship network we make our ideas and innovations available as inspiration, opportunity, and resource to all. Our ability to fulfil our purpose is dependent on how we work and the culture we create, in light of this RSA Fellows should be:
Independent and creative
Practical and resourceful
Consistent and demanding
Respectful and philanthropic
Becoming a Fellow of the RSA means that you fully support our mission, aim to uphold our standards and values, and commit to supporting us with tackling the challenges of the 21st Century.
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.
All applicants are required to complete a personal statement (maximum of 200 words) outlining why they would like to join the RSA, what they hope to gain from Fellowship and what they hope to be able to give back.
Please note that your referees do not need to be Fellows of the RSA. We
may contact all or some of your referees for a character reference.
Are you eligible for a fast-track application form?
To apply for fast-track Fellowship you will have made a prominent contribution to positive social change. This could be in the management of a social enterprise, charitable organisation or public sector body; in the field of academia; or through volunteering your time and expertise for the benefit of your community. Evidence that demonstrates your commitment to positive social change must be publicly available. Please contact us to find out if you are eligible and for more information.
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).
Annual Fellowship: USD$275
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.