ARAR Membership

We recognise that Scotland’s refugee and asylum seeking communities include many people who can make meaningful contributions to Scotland. Since 2016, we have committed to recruiting At-Risk Academics and Refugee (ARAR) professionals as members.

YAS provides ARAR members with access to its network and helps them to regain some of the social and professional capital they lost during their displacement. We firmly believe YAS benefits from their talents, experience, and unique perspectives.

There are no membership fees for ARAR members. Financial support is available to cover costs of ARAR members participating in YAS.

For more information on why we have put in place a seperate recruitment process for At-Risk Academic and Refugee professional applicants, please read our statement on The Purpose of the YAS ARAR Membership Programme (pdf).

Apply for ARAR Membership

YAS is accepting applications for ARAR membership as part of it’s current membership recruitment round.  To apply, please download the application form via the button below (word document), fill this out and return it to

Applicants who do not have reliable access to a computer or internet connection are welcome to post their application to the below address (please see our postal address at the bottom of this page).

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 23 February 2024.

The YAS Office will confirm receipt of your ARAR membership application by email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within five business days, please contact us.

Download ARAR Application Form

ARAR applications are reviewed by a panel of current YAS members, who will decide together whether an applicant will be invited for an interview. Informal interviews are held to help YAS understand how a candidate might contribute to and benefit from YAS membership. The interviews are also an important opportunity for a membership candidate to ask any questions about YAS membership, communicate any concerns to YAS, and let YAS know how they could be supported to become active, engaged YAS members.

Following an interview, the YAS Office shares the interview notes with the Young Academy Facilitating Group (FG), who will decide if the interviewee should be invited to become a YAS member.

An ARAR candidate whose application is unsuccessful may apply for YAS membership during the next regular recruitment round (these occur every other year). Unfortunately, YAS cannot accept repeat applications from previously unsuccessful applicants before the next regular recruitment round.

Successful ARAR membership applicants will begin their membership on 31 August 2024, and be inducted into YAS at the 2024 Annual General Meeting.

Membership is for 5 years. Members who take a career break of at least six months, e.g. for caring responsibilities, may have their membership extended by the length of the career break.

There are no membership fees for at-risk academic and refugee members.

YAS is pleased to offer at-risk academic and refugee members a YAS ‘Buddy’ to support their integration into the Membership, and a Mentor from within the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Questions about ARAR Membership?

Don’t hesitate to contact the YAS Office at / 0131 240 5027 for further information about the ARAR membership programme.  We’re very happy to help!