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Information about applying for RSA Fellowship

We are an inclusive community and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Your application

All of our Fellows complete a short application form which is submitted to our Admissions Panel. There are three questions on the application form:

Why do you wish to join the RSA?

Tell us in your own words what has motivated you to join our community? Are there aspects of our work that are of particular interest to you?

How do you hope to engage with the RSA?

We welcome all forms of engagement. Many join simply to support the RSA and other Fellows through their financial contributions. Others are interested in specific opportunities offered by becoming a Fellow

How aligned do you feel you are to the values outlined in our Fellowship charter?

We would like to know about just one or two examples from your personal or professional life which demonstrates the values outlined in our Fellowship Charter.

You will also need to provide contact details of two referees, unless you have been nominated by a Fellow or member of staff.

If you share our vision of a world where everyone can participate in creating a better future, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Fellowship Development Manager Kavya Menon


We require applicants to submit details of two referees who will be contacted once you have submitted your application to provide a character reference. Your referees do not necessarily have to be Fellows of the RSA, but they should be able to corroborate your commitment to social change.

Fast-track applications

If you have made a prominent contribution to social change, you may not need to provide references to support your application.

Your contribution may be through working in a social enterprise, charitable organisation or public sector body; in the academic world or through volunteering. Evidence of your contribution should be publicly available online. Let us know if you think this applies to you!

Admissions Panel

Our Admissions Panel is comprised of two Fellowship Councillors and an RSA Trustee. Applications are sent forward on every Friday, and approved on a Wednesday. Once you have submitted your application, you can expect to hear back from us within 10-12 days.

How much does Fellowship cost?

All Fellows make a charitable contribution to the RSA. If setting up a Direct Debit you can pay in monthly (£15.17) or quarterly (£45.50) instalments. Alternatively if paying by credit or debit card the annual contribution is £182.

Those joining for the first time pay a one-off £75 registration fee. We recommend providing payment information while submitting your application to ensure a smooth and quick approval process.

No payment is taken until after your application has been approved.

We welcome you to join us as a Life Fellow through a one-time contribution of £3,900. Please do contact us if you are interested in this.

Apply online now

Start the application process by registering online via our online application portal

Fellowship FAQs

Frequently asked questions about applying for RSA Fellowship

Contact Us

Our Fellowship team are on standby 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday to take your call on 0207 451 6939