Being a Fellow of the RSE and contribute your knowledge to tackling the most pressing challenges of the modern world.
Being a Fellow of the RSE and contribute your knowledge to tackling the most pressing challenges of the modern world.
Fellows should have outstanding achievements in their field, high esteem in professional standing, and contribute to society or public good.
Guidance for RSE Fellows for completing the assessor form.

Closing date: Monday 19 June 2023

There are three parts to the initial nomination submission:

The nomination form

The candidate CV

The candidate declaration

The nomination form

The 2023 nomination form for new candidates is now available through the RSE online Fellows area homepage to be completed by the Fellow proposer.

Proposers should consult with candidates to collate the relevant information for this form (except in the case of Honorary candidates, where it is not expected that they will be involved in the nomination process).

Proposers can use this template nomination form to prepare the responses offline.

Download the RSE template nomination form (51KB, DOC)

Nominators with continuing candidates in the system should have received an email with instructions on how to access a partially complete form to provide an update. If this has not been received, please contact Sarah Quinn, Fellowship Officer.

An important note for proposers –

  • The online nomination portal currently only allows Fellows to draft one nomination form at a time.
  • Therefore, a full nomination form (including a CV and candidate declaration) must be submitted before a second nomination form can be opened.
  • Therefore, if you are nominating multiple candidates, we strongly recommend preparing the nomination form content in full outside the online system before inputting the final version.

Future developments are being investigated to allow simultaneous draft form functionality.

More information about accessing and using the online forms can be found in this short guidance document (231KB, PDF).

Log in to access the online nominations form

Guidance for completing the nomination form

In addition to providing key candidate details and the names of the proposer and assessors; the primary function of the nomination form is:

To provide a key statement summarising the main aspects of the nomination case, based around the “Measures of excellence” criteria for election and additional important factors.

Measures of excellence:

A. Outstanding achievement

B. Professional standing and recognition

C. Beyond work – contributions to wider community and society


D. Potential contribution to the work of the RSE

E. Proposer’s supporting statement

F. Individual circumstances

Working together, the proposer and the candidate should set out the statement across these 6 questions. The statements should be written in the third person from the proposer.

The word limit for this key statement is 1000 words: 

It is expected that the majority of this word count will be divided among questions A-C. A small proportion of this word count should be reserved for questions D-F, as suggested below.

There is a requirement for a variety and range of examples to demonstrate how the candidate meets the different criteria.

However, certain examples may be repeated as evidence under multiple questions as long as the relevance to that particular point is made clear. Ie. involvement in an international working group or the committee of an elected society could be presented under both “Professional standing and reputation” and “Contributions to wider community or society” if the narrative then further clarifies why this evidence is notable in the context.

A) The candidate’s achievements in their field and their impact

Suggested word limit: 300 words

This response should provide evidence of achievements such as but not limited to:

  • expanding the boundaries of knowledge
  • improving practice and understanding
  • enhancing people’s lives and well-being
  • developing the cultural life of the nation
  • enhancing Scotland’s reputation globally. 

Proposers should create a narrative highlighting key outputs, identifying the candidate’s role in each of these and saying why this output was a significant acheivement.

The strongest responses to this question not only summarise outputs and achievements but contextualise these with an explanation of impact within the field. Candidates will be assessed on the quality and significance of their achievements commensurate with their career opportunities rather than quantum.

Strong responses demonstrate a broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of achievement and impact, such as influence on policy and practice.

Examples of outputs might include but are not limited to: major reports; events; designs; patents; inventions; software; innovations; performances; literary works; artworks; publications (see note regarding Research papers).

Research papers

The RSE is a signatory to the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The RSE will therefore work on the basis that the content of a paper is more important than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it was published, so proposers are asked to take this into consideration when presenting the information.

President’s reception © Ian Georgesonn 2022

Academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • In addition to standard metrics to evidence success (grant income, publications etc.) the response provides evidence of practical applications of research at the top-level and widespread across the globe.
  • Evidence of multiple kinds of practical applications and impacts of research.
  • Evidence of sustained achievement and impact over multiple years.
  • Written in plain English, which does not rely on the reviewers having a detailed knowledge of the research field.

Professor CANDIDATE leads the RESEARCH FIELD research programme at the ORGANISATION NAME. He has published over XX articles in leading medical journals and raised over £XX million in research grants as Principal Investigator / work package leader in major research projects related to RESEARCH FIELD. Professor CANDIDATE set up a large and vibrant collaborative network (NETWORK NAME) that includes over 70 research groups primarily from low- and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) that have contributed substantial unpublished data that have led to several publications in Lancet journals and successful collaborative research grants (e.g. EXAMPLES OF GRANTS) over the past decade. This research has contributed greatly to understanding the scale of the problem RESEARCH PROBLEMATIC DESCRIPTION. Over the last 15 years, Professor CANDIDATE and his group developed the first and the most widely accepted and cited estimates for TARGETTED MEDICAL CONDITION DESCRIPTION. They have shown that FINDINGS DESCRIPTION. They have also MORE DETAILED FINDINGS. This presents a substantial burden on the national healthcare systems in LMICs. These estimates have influenced investment and policy decisions for development of DETAILS OF GOVERNMENT/NATIONAL RESPONSES IMPACTING VARIOUS SOCIAL GROUPS INFLUENCED BY RESEARCH.

His research programme has established ORGANISATION NAME as a world leading institution on research on RESEARCH FIELD. As a result of Professor CANDIDATE’s FINDINGS, in 2015 GLOBAL PRACTICAL APPLICATION ONE, and in 2018, GLOBAL PRACTICAL APPLICATION TWO. The CHARITABLE FOUNDATION NAME have committed more than USDXXX to large new investments in VACCINE since August 2013. This coordinated activity of major agencies has resulted in over XX vaccine candidates being in development in 2021 (with one successfully completing and another three in advanced Phase III trials), from none in 2013.


Non-academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • Evidence of a sustained, upward trajectory in career path.
  • Evidence that the candidate has led work with multiple simultaneous types of impact (ie. developing the cultural life of the nation and improving practise and understanding).
  • Evidence includes not only achievement from main employment roles but additional posts leading cross-sectoral collaboration.
  • Evidence shows breadth of engagement and impact.

CANDIDATE has worked across a range of PROFESSIONAL FIELD sector roles in Scotland over the last 25 years including public sector, HE, third sector, and charity. She is currently CURRENT ROLE. CANDIDATE is the first female and ETHNICITY person to lead the ORGANISATION in it’s history.

In the first six months in post, she has overseen the SECTOR-WIDE CONSORTIUM SITE PURCHASE. CANDIDATE ORGANISATION raised £XX million between October – December 2021 which contributed to the overall total of £XX million for this project across the UK consortium.  In this time, CANDIDATE has also launched a new semi-permanent SUBJECT NAME exhibition; commissioned work from the Audience Agency to better support engagement work; established an EDI (Equality Diversity Inclusion) Action Plan; and made internal strategic shifts from quantifying outputs to understanding impacts and audiences, including a PhD studentship examining how ORGANISATION’s strategic aims of reaching diverse audiences and non users can be achieved and measured.

In 2013, after 14 years working in the PROFESSIONAL FIELD sector, CANDIDATE took up post as CEO in EARLIER ORGANISATION 1, she led the development of NATIONAL STRATEGY NAME, working with a wide range of stakeholders including STAKEHOLDER NAMES. Finding consensus was challenging but the strategy was agreed by all parties in June 2015. As a result of the clear advocacy, evidenced based impacts and renewed links with partners, the strategy brought an additional £X million into the sector for transformative projects.

CANDIDATE moved on to EARLIER ORGANISATION 2 where, as Director of Programme, she led the development of NATIONAL PROGRAMME, a multi-million pound SUBJECT programme for children across Scotland and established a number of research and evaluation partnerships to demonstrate the impact of RESEARCH FOCUS. She was industry supervisor on a PROJECT LEADER NAME research partnership with PARTNER NAMES looking at barriers to SECTOR ACHIEVEMENT for women in Scotland and led on transformative EDI awareness across the organisation and sector to raise awareness of the barriers to participation and inclusion. CANDIDATE also participated in a PROJECT NAME as part of the development of the Cultural Strategy for Scotland.

During her time as EARLIER ROLE 3 of ORGANISATION, she led two major collaborative research projects (PROJECT NAMES) supporting community outreach to support those living with dementia, through partnership SECTOR ORGANISATION.

B) Professional standing and reputation

Suggested word limit: 300 words

This response should provide evidence of the candidate’s level of esteem within their professional field. This narrative should demonstrate a high level of sector-wide reputation and respect for the candidate.

Evidence of standing, reputation and esteem might include, but is not limited to:

  • membership of prestigious professional bodies (obtained by examination or selection)
  • honours and prizes awarded
  • visiting or honorary appointments and degrees
  • involvement in top-level national and international working groups, councils etc.
  • editorial board roles
  • regular invitations as a conference speaker
  • regular contributions to quality press and journalism
  • any other evidence of professional recognition including from outwith Scotland or the field of work.

Please provide years for prizes, membership awards, conferences, working collaborations etc as appropriate.

While there might be some overlap here with achievements listed in question a (ie. outputs of collaborative councils, groups etc.) there is a requirement for multiple examples of evidence in this area.

Dr Poonam Malik FRSE © Lesley Martin 2022

Academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • Evidence includes a variety of different markers of esteem including professional body selection and committee involvement; sector-wide strategic and funding direction roles; collaboration in high-level international partnerships; multiple PhD exam committee invitations
  • Evidence of repeated involvement in top professional bodies shows long-standing levels of esteem
  • Contextual information is provided to clarify the candidate’s involvement in certain roles and why certain organisations indicate a mark of esteem, rather than relying on the reviewers having this knowledge.

Throughout a career in academia, CANDIDATE has served in many roles to enhance the discipline of SUBJECT AREA. In the LEARNED SOCIETY he served in various committees, including the COMMITTEE CHAIR ROLE AND DATES and is now on the steering group of COMMITTEE NAME. His professional expertise is recognised in the Fellowship of the LEARNED SOCIETY, as well as Chartered SUBJECT PROFESSIONAL status. Within the national academic community, he is a recognised leader, having served as the chair of the FORUM NAME, a research community forum representing the whole of the UK’s academic SUBJECT AREA researchers.

In the Scottish PARTNERSHIP NAME, the research pool for SUBJECT AREA in Scotland, CANDIDATE served as a theme leader for “SUB-DISCIPLINE NAME” and is now a member of the executive committee.

Service to the research community has been recognised by a long history of participation in research council assessment panels, deliberating on grant applications and fellowship proposals. This has included serving a term as the chair of the FUNDING BODY+SUBJECT AREA grants panel, and he is currently a member of FUNDING BODY+SUBJECT AREA Board, providing strategic direction to the research council programmes.

International recognition has come in the form of many invitations to present plenary talks at conferences, serve on international advisory committees. Service on Programme Advisory Committees (PACs) is also a measure of professional standing. CANDIDATE is a member of the PAC for the INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAMME at the INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. He is also one of two UK representatives on the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE 2, an expert committee of the INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION, whose remit includes the development of scientific roadmaps (Long Range Plans) for SUBJECT AREA for the wider European research community.

Expertise in the field has resulted in invitations to serve on PhD exam committees in many top institutions around the world, such as the University of Gent, Belgium, The University of Paris-Sud, France, University of Groningen, Netherlands, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Non-academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • Evidence includes a variety of different markers of esteem – deemed worthy of responsibility in various areas within field including government and industry policy influencing; leading top industry membership organisation; shaping links between academia and industry.
  • Contextual information is provided to clarify the candidate’s involvement in certain roles and why certain organisations indicate a mark of esteem, rather than relying on the reviewers having this knowledge.

CANDIDATE sits on boards in an advisory capacity across Government, Academia, and business, and industry bodies.

For Government CANDIDATE sits on the SUBJECT AREA board. This board reports into MINISTER NAME. This board is headed up by BOARD CHAIR who runs the CHAIR’S ORGANISATION and has representation from across all government services including heads of Local and Central Government, Ambulance Service, Health, Judiciary, Registrars of Scotland etc.

This board is responsible for EXPLANATION OF SUBJECT FOCUS AND LEVEL OF INFLUENCE OVER SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT POLICY. CANDIDATE is the only non-civil servant on the board and has contributed greatly in the last two years.

CANDIDATE has been a board member of NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION for the last several years.

As part of CANDIDATE ORGANISATION’S position as a thought leader in the hiring of Graduate Apprenticeships, CANDIDATE sits on the Graduate Apprenticeship Advisory board for UNIVERSITY NAME.

CANDIDATE ORGANISATION has 13 staff at UNIVERSITY NAME as part of a Graduate Apprenticeship program. In the four years CANDIDATE ORGANISATION has had staff there not a single exam has been failed and this summer will see the first 5 graduates (expecting a minimum of three Firsts and two 2:1’s). CANDIDATE has been a huge supporter of this program and goes out of his way to encourage his students to be the best they can be. CANDIDATE ORGANISATION won the Apprentice Employer of YEAR from Skills Development Scotland.

C) Evidence of contributions to wider community or society

Suggested word limit: 300 words

This response should provide evidence that the candidate has made multiple contributions to their wider professional community and/or society outwith their sector.

The RSE recognises that some areas of work (ie. developing medical treatment advancements) will more naturally and obviously contribute to the good of society. Therefore, in assessing this aspect of excellence we are looking for candidates who have made a sustained contribution beyond the normal expectations of their work.

Examples of such contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • public outreach activities beyond those expected of your employment
  • other activities (for example, as part of a sector-wide or international collaboration) engaging with society for public benefit beyond your day-to-day work
  • mentoring
  • charitable service (not necessarily related to candidate’s professional field)
  • voluntary board membership
  • contributions to a fairer and more diverse society
  • other contributions beyond the workplace not covered elsewhere in the document 

While there might be some overlap here with achievements listed in question a or b (ie. outputs of collaborative councils, groups etc.) there is a requirement for multiple examples of evidence in this area.

Academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • Response cites a breadth of contributions to the growth of the candidate’s specific sector (roles in societies and working groups shaping practise above and beyond standard academic work) as well as public outreach and mentoring.
  • Response demonstrates this contribution at national and international levels.

CANDIDATE has served on committees for the SECTOR SOCIETY ONE and SECTOR SOCIETY TWO (Council member). For ROYAL COLLEGE he was a member of the Guidelines Development committee and subsequently member then Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee; he currently Chairs the SUBJECT AREA guideline group.

He is currently member of the EUROPEAN SOCIETY ONE Executive Committee. He chaired the SOCIETY guideline group in SUBJECT AREA (2020), and held membership of the ADDITIONAL THREE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY guideline groups (2013, 2018, 2020). He chairs the EUROPEAN SOCIETY ONE guideline update group on SUB-DISCIPLINE, now a global partnership with professional societies in USA/Australia. Nationally, he chairs the Scottish Government Working Group that has developed a comprehensive national SUBJECT AREA service. He chairs the NHS Scotland SUB-DISCIPLINE care guideline group; is a member of the NATIONAL REGULATOR Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee, providing policy advice to that national regulator; was a member Scottish Multicentre Research Ethics Committee for 6 years.

He is highly visible in promoting patient and public education and is a regular speaker at TRUST NAME public talks. In addition to media interviews (interviewed on PROGRAMME NAME 3 times and innumerable others), he has helped organisations including THREE UK CHARITIES produce patient information documents, videos (CHARITY NAME videos viewed over 2500 times) and patient-directed podcasts.

CANDIDATE has a strong commitment to training and mentoring of junior colleagues. He has been Director of ROYAL COLLEGE Subspecialist training in SUBJECT AREA for XX years: X trainees are now Professors and all hold NHS Consultant posts. He developed a relationship with the INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, providing final year training in Scotland for their subspecialists. His clinical and basic science PhD students have gone on to leadership roles clinically, in academia and the pharmaceutical industry (eg Vice-President, COMPANY); and he recently successfully mentored 2 scientists to achieve tenured lecturer positions.

Non-academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • This response evidences a variety of additional roles on top of candidate’s individual practise which contribute to the professional community as a whole including international policy work, localised strategy work, non-executive leadership roles, award panellist.
  • The evidence cited also demonstrates how this additional work has been of benefit to the wider public and there is evidence of further public outreach work in the media.

For over 35-years CANDIDATE has contributed extensively to society and the wider community.

For over 20 years she has been an influential member of, and contributor to, SUBJECT AREA policy groups for governments in the UK and abroad, including the EU, Scandinavia, Republic of Ireland and China. She is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s SUBJECT AREA Leadership Group.

CANDIDATE is a CITY NAME Leadership Board representative on the CITY NAME Recovery Group and leads the SUBJECT AREA workstream having co-created the SUBJECT NAME Strategy for NATIONAL BODY. This strategy is one of CITY NAME’s pillars for post-Covid recovery and two pilots are in development: PROJECT ONE DESCRIPTION; and PROJECT TWO DESCRIPTION (INCLUDING EXAMPLES OF PRACTICAL IMPACTS).

CANDIDATE’s non-executive roles have included Joint Vice Chair of SECTOR CHARITY ONE; a Trustee of SECTOR CHARITY TWO chairing its £XXM SUBJECT fund; and a member of the Advisory Board for SECTOR CHARITY THREE.

For ten years CANDIDATE was a Trustee and Chair of ORGANISATION FOUR, Scotland’s ORGANISATION DESCRIPTION (Europe’s largest) which she helped to create as DESCRIPTION OF OBJECTIVE. She then contributed to a SUBJECT ONE Policy for Scotland and continues to press for a SUBJECT TWO Policy for Scotland.

CANDIDATE has served as a judge on a number of SUBJECT AREA award panels including AWARD NAMES. She has also been a columnist and contributor to television and print media including BBC and The Times.

D) Potential contribution to the work of the RSE

Suggested word limit: 50 words

Please add a few suggestions from the candidate for contributions that they might make to the activities of the RSE. Specific examples showing the candidate’s interests are most useful here.


Why is this response effective?

  • All three examples list multiple ways in which the candidate could potentially contribute to the RSE, and show an understanding of the role of Fellows in RSE activities.
  • All three examples make specific references to subject areas and types of activity in which the candidate would be interested in participating.
  • Example 3 also links this response with specific references to previous activities of the specified type to strengthen the weight of the response.

Example 1

CANDIDATE would contribute to RSE policy development and around public engagement – she has a wealth of connections around the UK and internationally and engages nationally around LIST OF SPECIFIC SUBJECTS. Her communication skills are first class and would be of benefit to the RSE.

Example 2

CANDIDATE offers expertise in SUBJECT AREA including the ways it contributes to CURRENT PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF EXPERTISE; brings a track record in inspiring younger colleagues and as a trained mentor will support the development of others; offers expertise in grant applications; commitment to EDI aligns with the aspirations of RSE; extensive experience in strategic planning.

Example 3

CANDIDATE’s professional standing and high international profile strongly support the value of his potential contribution to the RSE. He has extensive experience of translating research into best clinical practice, leading Guideline development in the UK, Europe and globally. He currently chairs guideline groups for NAMES OF MULTIPLE SECTOR GROUPS. His advocacy of public engagement and involvement results in frequent TV, radio and press interviews (e.g prominent contribution to media coverage of NEWS TOPIC between YEAR and YEAR and more recently NEWS TOPIC since YEAR). CANDIDATE is also a frequent contributor of webinars, information documents and videos to patient support organisations.

E) Proposer’s supporting statement

Suggested word limit: 100 words

The Proposer should provide their perspective summarising the candidate’s suitability for Fellowship, encompassing how the candidate meets the various criteria for excellence. This statement should be written in the Proposer’s own words, not provided by the candidate.

Academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • It ties together the main themes of the case for election under all three headings of achievement, standing and contribution.
  • It emphasises the potential value of the individual as a Fellow by reiterating the relevance of their work to the aims and issues the RSE will likely be addressing in the future.

Uniquely gifted as a research leader, adviser to government, instigator of trans-European and national SECTOR DEVELOPMENT, and communicator, CANDIDATE’s contribution to SUBJECT AREA is unrivalled. Increasingly in demand as an expert adviser and mediator, CANDIDATE’s energy and enthusiasm for SUBJECT AREA is outstanding. Across this rare combination of skills, CANDIDATE delivers exemplary scientific citizenship and a breadth of knowledge and experience that will contribute crucially to the work of the RSE in coming years as Scotland faces the challenges of the nature and climate crises. I commend CANDIDATE as a candidate for Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh without reservation.

Non-academic example

Why is this response effective?

  • It lists a variety of evidence of the candidate’s breadth of achievement, standing and impact in multiple areas.
  • It gives further examples to reiterate that the candidate has made contributions at various levels including local and international policy and daily life, public engagement and contributions to other organisations.

CANDIDATE is something of a force of nature. Over the past 20 years has made a very significant contribution to SUBJECT/SOCIAL IMPACT ONE in Scotland which has received international acclaim and adoption in other jurisdictions. She is regarded as an international expert in the SUBJECT/SOCIAL IMPACT TWO area. More broadly, she has made a major contribution to SUBJECT/SOCIAL IMPACT THREE in Scotland through her work as MAIN CURRENT ROLE which she set up and has become a major player in PRACTICAL IMPACT OF WORK.

In particular, she has majored on the importance of SUB-TOPIC ONE and SUB-TOPIC TWO. She has made a particular contribution during the Pandemic, working with many stakeholders to ensure that services continue to operate effectively and that they work together effectively. She shows considerable leadership skills.

She has been very influential with Scottish Ministers in proposing innovative approaches which have been adopted. Her communication skills are outstanding including through her regular column in NEWSPAPER on SUBJECT and related issues. Her work with 3rd Sector organisations is considerable and has made a difference to the various organisations she sits on.

I have every confidence she would be a very effective Fellow and make a substantial contribution to the RSE.

F) Individual circumstances

Suggested word limit: 50 words

Where there are any factors which may have affected the candidate’s career profile or volume of output, therefore making their achievements particularly notable and/or impressive, Proposers are strongly encouraged to note these.

Circumstances might include, but are not limited to:

  • duration of career so far (ie. career breaks, earlier stage or career change)
  • caring responsibilities
  • part-time working
  • any other aspects of the candidates background or circumstances which might have been a barrier or limiting factor in accessing development opportunities

Example one

Why is this response effective?

  • Evidence of part-time working across multiple roles to give context that achievement and impacts have been delivered in more condensed time-frame.
  • Explanation of other responsibilities (ie. leadership and administrative roles) which will have also taken up candidate’s time and give context to the scale of achievement.

CANDIDATE has been seconded to Scottish Government as ROLE for two periods (YEAR-YEAR; 0.XFTE and YEAR-YEAR; 0.XFTE) and has also held significant leadership and administrative roles since joining ORGANISATION including ROLE TITLE. CANDIDATE is also Director-elect of ORGANISATION AND DESCRIPTION OF ROLE SCOPE.

Example two

Why is this response effective?

  • Explanation of candidate’s later start in field to emphasize shorter time available for candidate’s achievements and impact.

CANDIDATE transitioned into academia only in YEAR when they joined ORGANISATION as faculty at their newly established DEPARTMENT. Prior to this CANDIDATE was working in practice and management focused roles in COUNTRY. In YEAR, they moved to Scotland to for a PhD in SUBJECT and within 3 years of PhD completion was appointed as tenured faculty at the INSTITUTION. CANDIDATE’S success at generating research funding, leading research that has influenced policy at national level and mentoring new generation of researchers in this short period are all remarkable for someone who was a late entrant into academia.

Example three

Why is this response effective?

  • Evidence of part-time working to demonstrate that achievement and impacts have been delivered in more condensed time-frame.
  • Noting periods of leave, which explain gaps in outputs.

CANDIDATE has had significant caring responsibilities. CANDIDATE has had two periods of maternity leave and worked 50% time from YEAR-YEAR, 70% time from YEAR-YEAR and 80% time from YEAR-YEAR.

The candidate CV

The aim of the candidate CV is to provide a wider base of evidence to support the main elements of the nomination case.

A person sitting on a table
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid FRSE © Stewart Attwood Photography 2023.

The CV must be no longer than 4 pages to maintain a fair, and manageable, quantity of paperwork to be reviewed for each candidate.

Additional guidance:

  • recommended Arial or other sans serif font, minimum font size 11
  • group short lists of the candidate’s main roles, outputs, achievements and contributions with summaries of their importance/impact
  • long lists of citations, publications etc. should be avoided – name a small number of the most important examples then summarise the total achievement: E.g. “…and fifty other publications” or “and x other non-executive board positions”.

The CV should include the following information:

Personal information

  • Title
  • Forenames
  • Surname

Career information

  • Career history
  • Major achievements
  • Impact of candidate’s work
  • Professional recognition and reputation (see above examples)
  • Evidence of contributions to wider community and society (see above examples)

The candidate declaration

All candidates for Ordinary and Corresponding Fellowship are required to show understanding of and agreement to the terms of nomination and Fellowship by completing the candidate declaration. This declaration should be uploaded to the online nomination form.

Writing a multi-discipline nomination

  • Most candidates will be considered only by one committee. The RSE strongly advises that candidates should only be put forward to two committees in the case of strongly interdisciplinary work in more than one of the fifteen disciplines;
  • In the case of a cross-discipline nomination, proposers must ensure that the content of both the nomination form and the CV give equal weight to and evidence from both disciplines under all headings;
  • A nomination should not be submitted to a second discipline with only limited evidence of work in this second area.


Download the RSE template nomination form (51KB, DOC)

Download the RSE template assessor form (47KB, DOC)

Download the candidate declaration (46KB, DOC)

Download the guidance for accessing online nomination forms (231KB, PDF).

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Election to the Fellowship

Being a Fellow of the RSE and contribute your knowledge to tackling the most pressing challenges of the modern world.
Being a Fellow of the RSE and contribute your knowledge to tackling the most pressing challenges of the modern world.
Fellows should have outstanding achievements in their field, high esteem in professional standing, and contribute to society or public good.
Guidance for RSE Fellows for completing the assessor form.