||The membership consists of individuals having high potential and representing a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and business who have already demonstrated outstanding ability.
||Members of the Young Academy normally range in age from late 20s to early 40s. The period of Membership is 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending for up to a further 3 years. The first cohort of Members was 68 in number, with the intention of building up to an anticipated maximum over a period of six years. Members pay an annual subscription of £75. The membershipl covers a wide range of specialities and geographical distribution. The aim is also to have a good gender balance with at least 40% being women. Members are mainly be based in Scotland or have a strong Scottish connection.
||Membership is only be awarded to those who are willing to make a strong commitment to developing and sustaining the Academy. Applicants are also be expected to demonstrate their commitment to, and evidence of, interdisciplinary working and broadly-based initiatives.
||The membership is selected through an open competitive process based on individual applications. Calls for applications are issued. Applications are welcome from academia, business and the professions. Applicants are required to submit the names of two referees. The referees should be people of standing who are familiar with the applicant’s areas of activity and achievements.
||The applications are considered by a Selection Committee chaired by the Chair of the RSE Scotland SCIO. The final choice is made by the RSE Scotland SCIO Board, which includes Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Fellows and, in a personal capactiy, some members of the Young Academy.
||There is no presumption that membership of the Young Academy is a stepping stone to Fellowship of the RSE. Nor that it should inhibit the election to Fellowship of younger candidates. Membership of the Young Academy neither helps nor hinders progress towards Fellowship. The respective appointment and election processes remain separate.