MG 8851The first cohort of 68 members were appointed to the Young Academy of Scotland in the autumn of 2011 (Read about the launch event). They were joined by a further 50 members in April 2013 and our most recent cohort were inducted in August 2014. Our membership currently stands at 151, and is predicted to stablise around 150 going forward.

To learn more about our members, browse 'YAS members'


The application process is based on a short application form and two references (one of which must be from someone outside your current place of work). The longest section on the application form comprises several a 300-500 word personal statements describing your motivation for wishing to join the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

Our next recruitment drive is in Spring 2018. For information about membership criteria and the application process, please visit the 'Applying to Join YAS' page.


Our Members


Bernadette O Rourke

Bernie O’Rourke is Reader in Spanish and General Linguistics at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and inequality, drawing on theoretical frameworks and concepts within the general area of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. In this research Bernie examines these processes as they unfold in the case of indigenous and non-indigenous minority languages in different European contexts including Irish, Gaelic and Galician and migrant languages spoken in Ireland and Scotland such as Urdu, Arabic and Polish.

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