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We recruit new members every two years.  The next recruitment round will take place in mid-January 2020. Learn more about membership criteria on this page, a or sign up for our 2020 recruitment mailing list below.

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Membership Process

Application and referee forms will be posted on this page early in 2020.

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

Members will be 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 two years.  The next recruitment round will take place in early 2020.

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