Membership fees

The membership year runs from January to December. Fellows will be contacted in November/December to renew their membership for the following year. The membership fees for the 2023 calendar year are listed below.


Rate 1: £30 - Student
  • Fellows who, on 1st January 2023, or at the time of their election in 2023, are an undergraduate or postgraduate student studying astronomy, geophysics or a related subject, at a rate equivalent to at least 25% of full time study. Fellows may only apply for this rate for up to 9 years.


Rate 2a: £92.50 - Early career
  • Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time study after 1st January 2018 and are in the early stages of a career in astronomy, geophysics or a related subject.


Rate 2b: £62 - Early career (first year)
  • Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time study in 2022.


Rate 3: £145 - Full rate
  • Fellows who completed full time study before 1st January 2018.


Newly elected Fellows

Newly elected Fellows pay a reduced fee for their first year of membership. The rates for 2023 are as follows:

  • Rate 1: £5 (if an eligible student on the date of election)

  • Rate 2: £62

  • Rate 3: £92.50


  • Subscriptions for Fellows paying rates 2 & 3 who are elected between June 30 and Dec 1 will be reduced by 50% for the first year. 

  • Students elected after 1st October will be given free membership for the remainder of that year.

  • Fellows over the age of 65 and who have been a member for 15 years or more may request to pay a concessionary rate of £30. Please contact the Membership Officer to apply for this reduced rate.

  • Non-student Fellows of the RAS who are also members of the Institute of Physics (IOP) are eligible for 25% discounted membership of the RAS. Rate 3 Fellows who are also members of The Geological Society are also eligible for 25% discounted RAS membership. To take advantage of this discount please contact the Membership Officer.

  • In cases of financial hardship the Gerald Merton fund will assist fellows with a portion of their subscription, which should be discussed with the Treasurer to reach an agreed figure. Requests for the fund should be emailed to


Methods of payment

Fellows can pay their membership fees by credit or debit card through the Fellows' designated website or by Direct Debit from a UK bank account.