The Society welcomes applications for fellowship from anyone with a serious interest in Asian Studies.  Students following an established course of education are eligible for Student Fellowship at a reduced fee and their application should be accompanied by a letter of support from their course tutor/ supervisor or a copy of their student card. (For further information and queries please contact Camilla Larsen (cl@royalasiaticsociety dot org, tel 0207 391 9420)

Benefits of Fellowship

  • The opportunity to support, and be involved in, the work of a learned society concerned to increase knowledge of Asia.
  • The opportunity to meet leading scholars in the field of Asian Studies.
  • The opportunity to attend, and bring guests, to lectures, seminars and cultural events held at the Society throughout the year.
  • Access to the Library and the Society’s manuscript holdings.
  • Use of the Society’s Reading Room.
  • Discount when hiring the Society’s rooms.
  • Receipt of the RAS Journal four times per year.
  • Discount on reproductions from the RAS collections.

Application Process

Applications are considered regularly by the RAS Council and normally processed within a month.  You can submit your application online here.

If you prefer to download the form and send it by email or post, you can do so by downloading the PDF Application form

Please note that upon submitting your application form you are agreeing to the RAS storing your details and using them to contact you about your membership, news and events.

The first payment of subscription is due on application and then annually from the date of first payment. Should your application not be successful we will refund your payment.

Payment Options:

Direct Debit: The Society prefers payment by Direct Debit and offers a reduction in fees for fellows choosing this option. This option requires a UK bank account.

Bank Transfer: pay direct to Royal Asiatic Society Account, please email for details.

Paypal: Fellows overseas without a UK bank account may pay via paypal here

Cheque: Please make cheques payable to “Royal Asiatic Society”  and post to Executive Officer, Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.

Fellows who pay UK income tax can complete a Gift Aid Declaration so that the Society can claim the maximum benefit under the new rules for charitable giving.

Existing members renewing their subscription can also pay using the same PayPal links.

Subscription Payments:

Current rates are:

Full Fellowship (Based in UK) – £90  or £70 by Direct Debit

Student (full-time) – £40 or £30 by Direct Debit or Paypal

Overseas Fellow – £65 or £50 by Direct Debit or Paypal

Fellows based in South Asia – £55 or £40 by Direct Debit or Paypal

Affiliated Fellows – £35 or £25 by Direct Debit

Life Fellowships

The Council has decided to introduce five life fellowships per calendar year starting from January 2014 at the rate of £1,700.
Conditions: Price and Availability remain subject to annual review by Council.
Terms: To clarify that all the benefits of Fellowships remain subject to change without notice.
Privileges: Life Fellows to be publicly recognised in the same way as Donors.

Should you be interested in applying for one of the Life Fellowships please contact the Director Dr Alison Ohta via email