Fellows Benefits

We are pleased to be able to offer Fellows a number of small benefits of Fellowship, such as a reciprocal agreement with a London-based Society and discounts on venue hire. Fellows are encouraged to make use of these.


Many of the RSE’s papers and publications have been deposited with The National Library of Scotland (NLS), and the NLS values its relationship with the RSE.  As such, the NLS invites all Fellows, who do not already have one, to obtain a lifetime reader card.

The card includes a unique user number enabling readers to request items from the collections online, in advance of their visit, to ensure that items are available for their visit and to eliminate waiting times.

Registration is straightforward and can be done in conjunction with a visit to the Library. Fellows should bring personal identification and proof of address. They will be asked to fill out a short form and get their photo taken in the Registration Office. A lifetime card will then be issued, although the Library will ask for address details to be updated every 3 years.

Further information concerning the registration process can be found on the NLS website or by contacting Helen Abel, Front of House Manager: tel: 0131 623 3887.

Enquiries regarding the collections, book ordering and catalogue training sessions should be sent to the NLS (or 0131 623 3820).


The RSE Venue can be hired for conferences, dinners, meetings, receptions, seminars and celebratory occasions.  Fellows who do so are entitled to a 25% room hire discount.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact Martina Hlinkova, Venue Manager.


The RSE has a reciprocal agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) which allows RSE Fellows and members of the Young Academy of Scotland to use the RSC’s member facilities at Burlington House, Picadilly, London.

Fellows are welcome to use the RSC Library area, which has wireless access and a tea and coffee area (this agreement does not allow for the borrowing of books).  To obtain access at Burlington House, please inform the Reception that you are a Fellow of the RSE.

In return, RSC members will have access to RSE facilities (in practice, the Fellows Room).

Availability of the facilities at both venues will always be subject to RSC and RSE operational needs, but both organisations will endeavour to provide an alternative suitable space when required.


The RSE has negotiated corporate rates with a number of Edinburgh hotels, which Fellows are welcome to use.  For further information on the rates and how to access these, please contact the Fellowship Office.


The RSE has a number of small grants which are available to Fellows and Young Academy Members only. Further information on these is available here.