Our Fellows come from a wide range of professional backgrounds from all over the world, united by a passion for geography.
From £110 per year
Some Fellows join to be part of the 16,000-strong community of geographers, some join for professional recognition whilst others join because they want to give something back to geography.
United by a passion for the discipline, Fellows are vital to the Society’s mission to advance geography, and they enable us to achieve so much more as a result of their expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm for the discipline.
Receive all or a selection of our academic journals – Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, and The Geographical Journal
Opt to receive Geographical magazine in print or digitally
Receive our autumn, spring and summer Bulletins and our monthly e-update with Society news and events
Attend our Monday night lectures or watch recordings of them online
Attend a wide range of conferences, seminars and events taking place across the UK, meeting local Fellows, members and others with an interest in geography
Members’ discount on our events, including Annual International Conference and Explore.
Participate in a choice of 30 Research Groups
Unlimited use of the Foyle Reading Room, our library of maps, books, guides and unrivalled access to our historic Collections
Access to the Members' Room – a members-only space which can be used for meetings, remote working or relaxing
Apply for grants to support your research, fieldwork or expedition
Receive expert advice on fieldwork and expeditions
Apply for professional status as a Chartered Geographer
Discounts on CPD training and workshops for teachers and researchers in the field
Use FRGS in your title
Receive discounts on kit and equipment at Cotswold Outdoors and Stanfords in stores and online
Online access to WIREs Climate Change
10% discount to publish in Geo – the Society’s open access journal
Attend and vote at the Society's Annual General Meeting
Your Fellowship is vital to support and sustain the charitable work of the Society to advance geography and geographical learning
Application for Fellowship is open to anyone over the age of 21, based in the UK or overseas, who can demonstrate:
A sufficient involvement in geography or allied subject through training, professional work, research, publications or other work of a similar nature
Not less than five years continuous commitment to the Society as an Ordinary Member
For example, if you use, or have used, your geographic skills and/or knowledge extensively in the workplace, or have a degree in geography (or allied subject) then you are likely to be eligible for Fellowship. Our current Fellows come from a diverse mix of career and academic backgrounds.
Further information on eligibility is available on our guidance sheet. The Membership Office can answer any eligibility queries on +44 (0)20 7591 3080.
A breakdown of subscription options for the journals and Geographical magazine can be found in the application form
Life Fellowship is also available with price on application
If you do not know another Fellow to propose and second your application, a Fellow from within the Society can act as a proposer or seconder when your application is accompanied by a covering statement and a CV.
By email: download and complete the application form, and send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: If you prefer to apply by post, simply download and complete the application form, and post it to us with your payment and CV to the Membership Office.
Please address to: Membership Office, RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.
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