For over 250 years the RSA has been committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges.
Our 27,000 Fellows around the world come from a wide range of backgrounds and are united by a desire to build a better society.
The video shows just one of the many networks that make up the Fellowship - the Social Entrepreneurs Network.
If you share our commitment to positive social change then we want to hear from you.
Why you should become a Fellow
You will be joining an influential network which will allow you to connect with other Fellows; access funding and advice to develop your ideas; share your skills and expertise to support Fellow-led projects; access the facilities at RSA House; and receive our award-winning quarterly Journal. Find out more about Fellowship below:
Connect with other Fellows
No other organisation in the world offers such a unique network of individuals. You can meet other Fellows at over 400 regional events each year, and a growing network of international Fellows act as a focal point for activities overseas. A range of Fellow-led specialist networks and online platforms enable you to connect with other Fellows that share similar interests.
Grow your idea
We believe the RSA is the best place in the world to have an idea. RSA Catalyst provides money, expertise and crowdfunding to Fellow-led ideas that aim to have a positive social impact. As well as financial support, we connect you with the right Fellows to help get your idea off the ground and we raise awareness about your project through our online platforms. Read more…
Share your skills
RSA SkillsBank is a growing network of individuals inspired to share their knowledge, time and expertise to support others and their specific projects which hope to make a positive difference in society. Read more…
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.
Explore new ideas
Our award winning quarterly RSA Journal combines original ideas from around the world alongside news from our Fellowship. Read more…
Our leading public events programme delivers over 150 free lectures, talks, screenings and debates a year. Our events are free and open to the public, thanks to the support of our Fellows. You can experience our events in person at the RSA House, through live video-streaming over the web, or watch our free video downloads. See more...
Support our mission
Becoming a Fellow demonstrates your commitment to closing the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.
What you need to apply
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$245
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.
Find out more
Please complete your details below; we will send you an application form and more information about joining.
If you want to find out more about what being an RSA Fellow means, you can speak to one of the team on 703 830 4176 .