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Some of the benefits of a Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) membership include:

- Eligibility for the RSE grants schemes and other funding opportunties through YAS

- Eligibility for the YAS Small Grants Scheme.

- A mentoring scheme linking members of the YAS with Fellows of the RSE

- Use of the Fellows’ Room in the RSE building in Edinburgh and use of other rooms for meetings/events

- The opportunity to meet and network with various channels to influence policy or enhance personal development in terms of social responsibility

- Meeting and working with other members from a variety of disciplines

- The chance to make their voices heard on key issues affecting Scotland's future, of course!



RSE Grants

The 'Grants for Fellows' are open to current and Emeritus YAS members and support research and scholarship - applications for these are in the last days of February, May, August and November. To find out more visit the RSE's website here.


YAS Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support activities and projects that involve 3 or more members (or emeritus members - although the lead of the project must be a current member) and range from £500 to £2000.

Deadlines for applications are 25th September 2017, and we aim to inform successful applicants by the end of October. You can download various information below.

YAS Small Grants Form

YAS Small Grants Regulations


What our members say

“People working in universities, public service, the private sector and third sectors are all involved, which means the issues addressed and the debates revolving around them are both timely and diverse.”   Martyn Pickersgill

“YAS has allowed me to extend my professional network and meet many interesting people from different sectors­—  this has led to several collaborations.  I’ve also had the opportunity to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs through presenting my work in schools.” -Mhairi Towler

Whilst my ‘everyday job’ brings me into contact with a range of people, they are all health focused. My membership created opportunities for wonderfully engaging conversations with academics and non-academics from a much wider variety of backgrounds.”  Karen Lorimer

Our Members

Jillian Merchant is a Solicitor in Glasgow, practising in the areas of employment, discrimination and professional disciplinary defence. Jillian is instructed by trades unions on behalf of their members and has experience representing workers who have suffered discrimination at work.

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