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The benefits of membership

If you are a professional astronomer, geophysicist, or similar; a student studying these disciplines; or simply someone with a serious interest in them, we urge you to apply for Fellowship of the Royal Astronomical Society and enjoy the following benefits.


Representing astronomy and geophysics

The RAS is a key voice in the fight to maintain access to world-class facilities and funding to support research in astronomy and geophysics. As the UK's national learned society for astronomy and geophysics, the RAS needs the support of the entire community to maintain its leadership role in lobbying government and funding agencies at all levels. We also represent the views of our members to international bodies, such as the EU and European Space Agency. Your support and input are needed! Becoming a Fellow of the RAS is an excellent way to ensure that your opinions are heard by policy makers.


Journal subscriptions

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  • Fellows receive our bimonthly house journal Astronomy & Geophysics for free.
  • Fellows receive free online access to the Society's research journals Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (main journal and Letters), Geophysical Journal International and Astronomy & Geophysics. Contact the Membership Secretary to obtain an account.
  • In addition, Fellows may chose to take out subscriptions to print editions of the Society's journals, for personal use only, at heavily discounted rates. See the current journal prices.
Grants programme

Fellows have the right to apply for competitive research and travel grants. Grants can be used to support outreach projects, conference attendance, undergraduate summer students and many other activities. In addition, the ability to demonstrate a successful grant-winning track record is a desirable attribute to prospective employers.


Workshop venues

council roomThe RAS Council Room at Burlington House, which Fellows can hire for free.Organising workshops can be an invaluable opportunity to establish new and foster existing collaborations. Finding an affordable, central, venue for such meetings can prove difficult. The RAS makes available its facilities – a 100-seat lecture theatre and the 25-seat Council Room – for workshops and meetings. This service is free of charge to Fellows, provided that the event is related to the aims of the society. See more information on room hire.


RAS jobs list

This provides free email alerts for new posts for jobseekers, together with an online archive of previous mailings.


Other benefits

  • Yearly diary, packed with useful astronomical information.
  • Reduced membership rates for other societies affiliated to the RAS.
  • Exclusive and/or discounted RAS merchandise.
  • Discounts on selected books, journals and attractions via the login protected section of the RAS website (contact the membership secretary if you have forgotten your password).
  • Free attendance at all RAS scientific meetings in Burlington House.
  • Discounted registration fees at the annual RAS National Astronomy Meeting.
  • Book loans from the RAS Library.
  • Free use (within office hours) of the Fellow's Room at Burlington House.
  • The membership fees of individual members of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) are paid on their behalf by the RAS. (The RAS contributes 51% of the cost; the balance comes from the government grant enjoyed by the Royal Society.)


How to join

To find out how much it costs to join, see our current fees; students can join for as little as £1. If you are interested, see the details of how to join.