What is RSA Fellowship?

The RSA Fellowship is an inclusive values-based community committed to finding better ways of thinking about and delivering change.

Our ambition is to build a society which works for everyone and in which everyone participates. These ambitions will only be fulfilled through collective action to solve the challenges of our time.

By joining the RSA Fellowship, you are becoming part of a global community which shares this ambition and is committed to social change.

Our Fellows are at the heart of the RSA and have been at the forefront of social change for over 250 years. Their support enables the RSA to drive social impact through:

  • People – By connecting, conversing, and collaborating with others in our global community of changemakers.
  • Ideas - By sharing insights, perspectives and practices which advance our collective understanding and impact.

  • Programmes – By engaging and partnering with the pioneering research and design work undertaken through our core programmes.

If you are passionate about solving the challenges of our time, we invite you to join our unique global community of over 30,000 fellows to make this a reality.

RSA Fellowship

The RSA network is very extensive and as an organisation, being associated with this has given us the opportunity to network and make a difference.

Satvir Meen FRSA

Fellowship over time

The past, present and future of social change

Since the inception of the RSA in 1754 by founder William Shipley, we have been a community for all committed to positively impacting society. A defining aspect of our membership has been the inclusion of all who share our vision and values – regardless of status or perceived success.

Our vision has appealed to the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Marie Curie and Charles Dickens. More recently, we have celebrated the innovations of Fellows including Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, and Ellen MacArthur. Most recently, we welcomed Professor Sarah Gilbert as a Fellow. Professor Gilbert was awarded the Albert Medal for her pioneering work in creating the Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

While many Fellows have achieved recognition for their contributions to a particular field, this is not at all required to become a Fellow.

We welcome all who align with our values to connect, collaborate, and create change with our community of over 30,000 Fellows.

Join our thriving community for change. Begin your application online and commit to impact today.

Sarah Gilbert

It's great to be part of an organisation that thinks outside the box using some of the tools of the 21st Century - research, development and modern technology - to develop solutions for our global family.

President, Centre for Black Equity Earl Fowlkes

Support Social Change

Our Fellows are at the heart of the RSA

The RSA Fellowship enables connections and collaborations between Fellows. We host events for our community, create platforms for Fellows’ ideas and projects, and offer support to help turn their social innovations into reality.

By becoming a Fellow, you are helping unite people and ideas to resolve social challenges and build a better future.

If you feel this aligns with your values and expectations, we would be thrilled to welcome you to the Fellowship. Joining us is a simple process. Click the link on the right to find out more. Or, if you would like to speak with a member of the Fellowship Development Team we’d be delighted to help. Email us on [email protected].

Become a Fellow

Find out more about becoming a Fellow, what’s involved and the cost of charitable subscription made by all Fellows.

Have you made up your mind already? We’d be delighted to welcome you. Begin your Fellowship journey below! 

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Apply online now

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

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Fellowship FAQs

Frequently asked questions about applying for RSA Fellowship

Diversity, equity and inclusion

We welcome everyone to participate in creating a better future