What is RSA Fellowship?

Better informed, better connected, better futures.

Our Fellowship is a global network of more than 30,000 entrepreneurs, educators and innovators who work together for the advancement of society, the economy, and the environment.

We believe in a different future, where our aspirations are not limited to doing less harm but are supercharged by the desire to do more good.

RSA Fellowship

Being an RSA Fellow is incredibly invigorating as someone who values thoughtful, spirited debate - especially with a community of fellow changemakers during a highly polarised time. The RSA has a strong legacy of critical yet compassionate thinkers, and I'm proud to follow in their footsteps.


Fellowship over time

A history of looking to the future

When Fellows join the RSA, they are building on a legacy of over 260 years of social change.

The RSA was founded in 1754. Our first meeting was in a coffeehouse in Covent Garden. Just a short walk from where we are today.

In that time notable Fellows have included Charles Dickens, George Washington Carver, David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela, Tim Berners-Lee, Sarah Gilbert and Bernardine Evaristo, among countless more.

We've supported inventions as diverse as lifeboats, public toilets and firemen's ladders. We've restored an entire village, planted over 60 million trees and funded inventions to reduce child labour.

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

Meet Our Fellows

In order to become a Fellow, you need to complete an online form. All applications are treated in the same way, with the same criteria followed.

This application form should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and has three parts:

  • Personal details and contact information
  • Short Q&A about your interests and alignment with our values
  • Payment details for a one-off registration fee of £75 and an annual subscription of £187.

Once you have your completed application, it is reviewed by our admissions panel. Successful applicants will then receive a series of welcome emails once payment is processed. We also send out welcome packs within four weeks of joining.

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! 

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