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Membership of the Royal Asiatic Society

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 by email or phone: 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.

Current Rates

UK Fellow
£75 by Direct Debit
For people based in the UK
Apply for Membership
Student Fellow (Worldwide)
£35 by Direct Debit or PayPal
For Full-time Students - Proof of full-time student status required.
Apply for Membership
Overseas Fellow
£55 by Direct Debit or PayPal
For people not based in UK
Apply for Membership
South Asia Fellow
£45 by Direct Debit or PayPal
For people based in South Asia
Apply for Membership
Affiliated Fellow
£30 by Direct Debit
For people living at the same address as another fellow
Apply for Membership
Life Fellowships
One-off payment
Fellowship for Life
Email to Apply

Application Process

Applications are considered regularly by the RAS Council and normally processed within a month. You can submit your application online by going to the registration page and filling in the online form.

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

Note: Upon submitting your application form you are agreeing to the RAS storing your details and using them to contact you.

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.