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Our next recruitment round will be in January 2022.

Please check back here for more information about applying to become a YAS member in December 2021, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on our next membership recruitment round.

ARAR Membership

YAS recognises 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.

We are delighted to invite members of Scotland’s displaced migrant communities to apply to YAS , and we have reserved several membership slots for ARAR candidates.

More about ARAR Membership

Membership Process

A leaflet with details  on YAS recruitment is available here.  Please note that this document was created for the 2020 recruitment round, and the recruitment process may change for our next intake of members in 2022.

Candidates are asked to complete an application form and approach two referees to provide support for their application.

Members are chosen by selection committees consisting of Young Academy members and Fellows of the RSE.

Members of the Young Academy normally range in age from late twenties to early forties. The period of membership is five years.

Members pay a small annual subscription, currently £80.

Membership Criteria

The success of YAS is built upon an active membership. Membership is an invitation to serve, and new YAS members will be expected to take an active role in current activities and in developing new ones.

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

Members join for one term of 5 years (extensions can be granted for career breaks, e.g. for caring responsibilities).

YAS is a body of individuals who have demonstrated talent and ambition in their field of work. This and evidence of public engagement are the primary criteria for selection.

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

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

Applicants are expected to have at least 5 years post qualification or professional experience and should be resident in Scotland.

Meet Our Members

Victoria Loughlan
She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.

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We recruit new members every 2 years.  Our next recruitment round will open in January 2022.

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