Become a Member

We are now seeking new members!

YAS invites leaders from all areas of society to apply for membership. Applications are sought from early to mid-career professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their work along with a passion for working with others beyond their workplace.

Application is via the RSE members’ portal. You will need to create an account with the RSE to apply.

All applications must be supported by two references, only one of whom may be from your own place of work.

The deadline for submitting your application AND both references is 5pm, Friday 23 February 2024.

Apply now

Application Process

Application is via the RSE’s online portal.

  1. Create a profile with the RSE, or log-in here.
  2. Once logged into your profile, access and complete the online application– access to the application form is only available if you are logged-in.  Google Chrome is the recommended browser.

Please note that there is a separate application form for use only by applicants who are At-Risk Academic and Refugee professionals. This may be found on our ARAR Membership page.

Application references

As part of your application, you will be asked to name two referees who will submit references to support your membership application.  Please note that only one of your two referees may be from your current place of work.  It is up to you to contact your referees and ask them to submit their completed reference form to the YAS Office. The reference form may be downloaded below.

Download the reference form

References are due by 5pm, Friday 23 February 2024.

About our application process

Learn more below about membership commitment and benefits, YAS selection criteria, and our selection process.

Membership should be considered an invitation to serve. Members contribute by taking part in YAS activities within our Grand Challenges. Members are welcome to participate in existing projects, but are also encouraged to suggest new activities and projects.

Members are also required to attend at least one of the three plenary meetings per year (financial support is available to cover travel costs).

Applicants should ensure that they can accommodate the minimum time commitment required for YAS membership, typically 4-5 hours/month.

Membership is for 5 years without the possibility of re-election. 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.

Members pay a small annual subscription, currently £80.

All members must uphold the Responsibilities of YAS Membership, as laid out in the Statute of the Young Academy of Scotland (5.2).

Application for membership of YAS is open to any person who considers that they have a contribution to make to the work programme of YAS, and who has already demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, along with a wider interest in contemporary social issues. This is the primary criterion for selection.

In applying to YAS, applicants will be asked to demonstrate evidence of outstanding professional achievement, along with broader skills and experience, such as:

  • Evidence of innovative, creative, or entrepreneurial activity
  • Evidence of collaborative and interdisciplinary working
  • Evidence of, and capacity for, leadership and responsibility
  • Interest in both professional and societal policy issues
  • Connections and interests outside Scotland

As early-to-mid career professionals, applicants are expected to have between 5 and 15 years post-qualification or professional experience, although YAS recognises that this may vary where an applicant has had career breaks or changes.  For more information on our experience-level criteria, please read our statement Experience and Career- Level Criteria for YAS Membership (pdf).

YAS members should be resident in Scotland at the time of appointment (August 2024).

Each application will be assessed by a scoring panel of YAS members from the applicant’s general work area. The YAS Office may also recruit RSE Fellows to join the scoring panels if there is not sufficient diversity of industry, expertise, gender, or geographic representation within YAS-member only panels.

The list of new members will be approved by selection committees comprising RSE Fellows and YAS members.

We expect to inform applicants of the outcome of their application in June 2024.

In addition to contributing to the public good, one of our objectives is to support the professional development of our members.  Some of the benefits we offer are:

  • Increasing members’ networks beyond their main area of work
  • Attendance at events attended by key decision-makers
  • Opportunities to work globally through collaborations with other Young Academies
  • Opportunities to contribute to the work programme of our senior academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Access to a mentorship programme which links YAS members with Fellows of the RSE

YAS Membership Informational Webinars

The Young Academy of Scotland will be hosting two online interactive panel sessions to provide potential applicants with information about the 2024 YAS recruitment round. Join us to learn about how you might benefit from YAS membership. A group of current members will give a short overview of YAS and our current work, and then invite questions from our guests.

Register now