The Fellowship1. What is the RSA Fellowship?
2. What do the letters FRSA mean?
3. Where are Fellows located?
Becoming a Fellow
4. Who can join the Fellowship and how?
5. I don’t live in the UK. Can I apply?
6. How can I nominate someone for Fellowship?
7. I have completed my application and returned this to you, when can I expect to hear from you?
8. I used to be a Fellow – can I rejoin?
9. Will being a Fellow of the RSA help me obtain a visa?
Being a Fellow10. What is expected of Fellows?
11. What are Fellowship networks and where are they?
12. How do I start something in my area?
13. How do I contact Fellows and engage online?
Support for Fellows: RSA Catalyst and RSA Skills bank14. Does the RSA provide funding or grants for Fellows?
15. Who is eligible to apply?
16. Does the RSA provide funding or grants for Fellows’ projects outside the UK?
17. How do I apply to RSA Catalyst?
18. Who decides what applications receive funding?
19. How will I be told if my application is successful?
20. Can I apply to RSA Catalyst more than once?
21. Can I apply to RSA Catalyst if I already have a grant/award from another organisation?
22. What is RSA Skills bank?
23. How do I access registered Fellows in the Skills bank?
24. How do I register for RSA Skills bank?
Fellowship finance queries
28. Why can't I log into the website?
29. Can I pay my subscription online or by phone?
30. How do I update my personal or payment details with the RSA?
31. How do I get a replacement Fellowship card?
32. I have not received expected mail/email from the RSA.
33. How can I request a hard copy of your publications/online forms?
34. Can I get a re-issue of an RSA exam certificate?
35. How do I get in touch?
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Fellows are entitled to hold these letters after their name.
Fellows are represented across England and throughout the devolved nations, forming RSA Cymru Wales, RSA Ireland and RSA Scotland. If you live outside of the UK or travel frequently, you can access information about active networks where you are, including RSA USA, RSA Australia and New Zealand. You can also see more Fellows overseas in our RSA Connector programme.
Becoming a Fellow
To find out more visit our website and enter your name and email address and we'll send you an email with a link to our application form. As part of the application you will be required to complete a personal statement outlining why you wish to become a Fellow of the RSA. Once you have completed your form please return to the address provided. We also accept scanned copies of the form which can be emailed to us.
where you are.
online nomination form. An invitation will be sent on your behalf, including your statement of support. We will inform you if your nominee joins the Fellowship.
We process applications on a weekly basis. Please allow up to 12 working days for confirmation. If you have any concerns please contact us on +44 (0)20 7451 6831 or email us.
Yes, and as a former Fellow you will not need to pay a registration fee or provide any references. Please write to email@example.com or telephone 0207 451 6904 for a ‘rejoin’ application form.
We only encourage people to apply for Fellowship that subscribe to our aims as set out in the Fellowship Charter.
Being a Fellow
There is no enforced minimum level of engagement for RSA Fellows. Fellows are encouraged and supported through the Fellowship Network to develop and collaborate on local and issue-based initiatives.
Fellowship networks are regular meetings held across the world.
There are established networks across the UK, the USA, continental Europe and Australia, as well as gatherings in other international locations. Find out what is happening where you are.
A range of ideas for creating interesting meetings and events – along with many other resources and guides for Fellows – are available on the Fellows' tools & techniques page.
There a number of effective ways to engage with other Fellows online – see Seven ways to become an online Fellow. There are online platforms like RSA Comment which helps you discuss ideas online and RSAFellowship.com where you can contact other Fellows and promote any events or projects which might be of interested to other Fellows (though please note these need to align with the RSA’s ethos and cannot be of commercial benefit).
You can also connect with other Fellows face-to-face and at events where you are.
Yes, through RSA Catalyst. Catalyst funds (£1-£2k) are available for new or early-stage projects that have a tangible social impact. Funding is subject to assessment. Larger additional grants of up to £5k are available to projects that have previously received a smaller grant.
Support for Fellows: RSA Catalyst and RSA Skills bank
14. Does the RSA provide funding or grants for Fellows?
RSA Catalyst page and download our application guidelines.
If you wish to discuss your application with a member of staff prior to submission, contact us on +44(0)20 7451 6856 or email us.
Fellowship Council and senior RSA staff. The awards panel meets every six weeks. Future submission deadlines are announced on the RSA Catalyst page.
If your application is successful, you are eligible to apply for an extension grant.
A pool of skills consisting of Fellows who have registered their expertise and interests with us.
The quickest way to access skills is to fill out a Catalyst application (leaving the request for a grant empty). You can do this via RSA Catalyst.
Fellowship finance queries
If you are a UK tax payer, then yes, we'd love you to! Your annual Fellowship subscription is a charitable donation to the work of the RSA. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a Gift Aid mandate. A mandate will also be present on your next renewal form. Fellowship dues paid by overseas Fellows who are not UK tax payers, do not qualify.
No; your annual Fellowship subscription is a charitable donation to the work of the RSA, and as such is not eligible for tax relief.
The RSA accepts payment by the following methods – Direct Debit; Visa, Mastercard or AmEx; cheque, or CAF cheque; or direct bank transfer. We cannot accept cash payments.
For any other finance-related questions, please contact email@example.com or telephone 0207 451 6827.
Firstly please check that your "cookies" feature is turned on. Please note that your log-in details are case-sensitive.
Contact the webmaster if you cannot resolve the problem.
Online payments are currently unavailable. However, an online payment facility is being developed. Contact the Fellowship office on +44 (0)20 7451 6827 if you would like to pay your subscription by phone.
Please email us or telephone 0207 451 6927 with your new details.
Ordinarily, you will receive a new Fellowship card in the weeks following your annual subscription payment. If your card has been lost, stolen or damaged, you can request a new one by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you do not have to have your card with you to use the RSA House facilities, although it is advised. If you do not have your card, please quote your Fellowship number at reception.
Please contact email@example.com or call 0207 451 6927 to confirm that we have the correct contact details for you.
Where possible, we make our communications and publications available online to download. As a registered charity, this helps the Society to economise on its administration costs. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7451 6927 or email us if you wish to make a request.
The RSA no longer administrates examinations, and the RSA exam board is now part of the Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts Examining Board (OCR).
For exam and certificate queries, please email the OCR directly.
If you have further questions, please contact us at +44 (0)20 7451 6927 or email us.