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