Becoming a Fellow

RSE Fellows are the Society’s greatest asset and are critical to the delivery of its mission. Prospective Fellows are nominated by current Fellows before being assessed and put to a ballot of the Fellowship.

Fellows are elected on the basis of excellence which is assessed in relation to three key criteria:

Outstanding achievement

Professional standing

Societal contribution

Acceptance of Fellowship implies a strong commitment to the RSE’s objectives and a willingness to devote time and effort to its work, whether at a local, national or international level.

The election process

Nominations open in March and close in May each year: The assessment process is carried out from July to the end of November and the final list of candidates is approved by the RSE Council at its December meeting. Proposed new Fellows are then put to a ballot of the Fellowship. Successful candidates will be informed in the Spring.

If a candidate is not successful in the first year, their nomination will automatically be considered for another two years unless it is withdrawn. Proposers will be asked to provide a new version of the application including relevant updates and are strongly encouraged to work with the candidate to do so.


COVID-19 Update

All nominations:

We are aware that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many people’s work over the last year. We encourage proposers and candidates to explain any gaps, reduction in output etc. so that the Selection Committees can take this into consideration.

Continuing nominations:

Normally candidates are considered for three years, with no option to put a nomination on hold. However recognising the impact of COVID-19, we are offering the option to put a nomination on hold for one year. Please inform the Fellowship team if you would like your nomination to be put on hold and not considered this year.