Become a Fellow

The Society welcomes anyone interested in natural history and all its branches. Scientists, horticulturalists, artists and historians of natural history, both general enthusiasts and professionals, are all warmly encouraged to join our growing Fellowship. 

There are three levels of membership: Fellows, Associates and Student Associates.

The Society's subscription runs from the 24 May to the 23 May of the subsequent year. 

Fellowship – £55 per annum

Advantages of becoming a Fellow

  • After being formally admitted to the Society, you can then use the post nominal title ‘FLS’.
  • All Fellows receive our bi-annual publication The Linnean by post.
  • PuLSe is the Fellows' quarterly online magazine. All Fellows receive the special digital issue direct to their inboxes. 
  • Vote at Society meetings on all matters concerning the Society, including electing new Council Members at our Anniversary Meeting each May.
  • Attend our Fellows-only events and field trips. 
  • Access our library collections and take books out of one the World’s most extensive Natural History Libraries.
  • Access to libraries of the other Burlington House Learned Societies through our librarian.
  • Access our dedicated online Fellows' Area.

Eligibility and Application

  • There are no prerequisites for becoming a Fellow other than an active interest in natural history. 
  • Applications for Fellowship MUST be made by submitting a Certificate of Recommendation.
  • CV's or Resumes sent without a Certificate of Recommendation will not be accepted.
  • The Certificate of Recommendation should be proposed by one or more Fellows of the Linnean Society of London. However, if you do not know any Fellows please submit a brief resume outlining your interest in natural history.
  • Fellows from certain countries may qualify for a lower contribution rate.
  •  Our ballots take place 4 times a year at our Council Meetings: January, March, May and October. 
  • The next ballot will take place on the 24th May 2018. If you would like to apply for the next ballot please return your Certificate of Recommendation to us by the 18th May 2018 either by email or by post to:

Membership Officer, The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BF, London, United Kingdom

After you have applied

  • Once we receive your Certificate of Recommendation, we will send you an email to acknowledge its receipt and you will be put on the Ballot List for the next election.
  • You will be notified shortly after the Ballot if you have been elected. Successful applicants will be then asked to pay their first annual contribution. Please do not submit any payments before you have been notified.
  • Following election, Fellows are invited to come to the Society and be Formally Admitted by the President. Admissions generally take place at our evening meetings. They are listed as "Evening Meetings" on our website and start at 6 pm.
  • It is necessary to inform the Events Manager of your intent to be admitted at least a week prior to the event.
  • When Fellows are admitted they have the opportunity to sign the Roll and Charter.

Associateship – £55 per annum

Advantages, Elegibility and Application

  •  Associates may use the suffix 'ALS' after their name.
  • Benefits include professional networking by accessing the Fellows’ area of the website and receiving The Linnean and PuLSe.
  • Associates must be aged 18 or over and are entitled to borrow books from the Society's Library. There is no upper age limit.
  • To become an Associate please complete this Application Form. Please note that Associates do not need to be elected, as they automatically become Associates when completing the form and submitting the payment. 
  • If and when you desire to become a Fellow of the Linnean Society, with its associated benefits, you will need to notify the Membership Department, so that your name can be put forward for election.

Student Associateship – ​£10 per annum

Benefits, Elegibility and Application

  • Benefits include professional networking by accessing the Fellows’ area of the website and receiving The Linnean and PuLSe.
  • Student Associates must be in full- or part-time education and be aged at least 18 years old, there is no upper age limit.
  • Please supply proof of being registered as a student at a College, University, or other tertiary institution, such as a scan of your student card.   
  • To become a Student Associate please complete this Application Form and make a payment of £10.
  • If and when you desire to become a Fellow of the Linnean Society, with its associated benefits, you will need to notify the Membership Department, so that your name can be put forward for election.

For more information, please contact our Finance Controller and Membership Officer, Mr Priya Nithianandian on | +44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 220