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Fellowship is our highest grade of membership

To apply for Fellowship, you will have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences, and gained no less than five years' experience in a position of senior responsibility.

This could be in the practice and application of biological science; teaching biology and curriculum development; managing a team of professionally qualified biological scientists; or concerned with the senior management, direction or commercial activities of organisations in which the application, study, research or advancement of biological science is of major importance.

While professors and readers at universities, directors in industry, and heads of biology at schools will typically be eligible for Fellowship, in other cases it will help us to assess your eligibility if you provide a statement outlining the impact you have made in the field of biology, and provide evidence of leadership experience.

Join our community

Membership costs £193 a year. Start your application to join us via our member's portal, mySociety.

Membership fees

One off £18 application fee plus:

Annual fee = £193

A 50% discount is available if you are retired, on a career break, not in paid employment, or a student in full-time education.

Applicants who are members of, or staff at one of our Full Member Organisations are eligible for a discount of 50% off the non-discounted rates shown above for their first two years of Fellowship - please contact us for further details.

Life Fellowship

Retired Fellows can take up life Fellowship. Life Fellows are able to take advantage of the benefits of being a Fellow without the requirement to pay future annual subscriptions. As a life Fellow, you will be making a life long contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences for the benefit of all.

Please contact us if you would like to become a life Fellow.

Life Fellowship (FRSB)
Aged 65+: £965

Meet our members

Read profiles from some of our Fellows.


Our network

The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) welcomes membership applications from everyone irrespective of age*, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Eligibility will be assessed against the RSB’s membership criteria, and the awarding of membership will be based on merit alone.

The RSB is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and higher education, in the workplace and training.

*Membership is not available to anyone under the age of 14. School or college students aged 14 to 19 can apply to become BioNet members of the RSB.