Become a Member

The Society welcomes anyone interested in natural history in 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:

  1. Fellows (£55 per annum)
  2. Associates (£55 per annum)
  3. Student Associates (£10 per annum)

Subscription to our journals can be added to your membership for an additional £20 per annum.

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

Applications for Fellowship must be made by submitting a Certificate of Recommendation.CVs or Resumes sent without a Certificate of Recommendation will not be accepted.

The next election will take place on Thursday 20th January 2022. Deadline for submissions is Friday 7th January 2022 at 5pm GMT.

The Linnean Society continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in coordination with the rest of the Burlington House community and in line with UK Government guidelines. We regret that the Society remains closed and all Events and Formal Admissions will not take place until further notice.


Advantages of becoming a Fellow

  • Fellows that have been formally admitted to the Society, 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 (Please note: only Fellows that have been formally admitted are allowed to vote).
  • Attend our Fellows-only events and field trips.
  • Access our library collections, with the ability to borrow from one of the world’s richest natural history libraries.
  • Access the libraries of the other Burlington House Learned Societies, through our librarian.
  • Access our dedicated online Fellows Platform.

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.CVs 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 along with the Certificate of Recommendation.
  • Fellows from certain countries may qualify for a lower contribution rate. Please view full list here.
  • Our ballots take place 4 times a year at our Council Meetings: January, March, May and October.
  • You can submit your Certificate by email ONLY to tatiana@linnean.org. Due to the (COVID-19) pandemic, postal deliveries to Burlington House are disrupted.

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 encouraged 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 Lectures" on our website and start at 6 pm.
  • Please note that Fellows must be formally admitted before they can take part in Society affairs such as voting and use the post nominal title 'FLS'. We regret that the Society remains closed and all Events and Formal Admissions will not take place until further notice.
  • 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.

Advantages, Eligibility and Application

  • Associates may use the suffix 'ALS' after their name.
  • Benefits include professional networking through access to our online Fellows' Platform, 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 the application form below. 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.

Advantages, Eligibility and Application

  • Benefits include professional networking through access to our online Fellows' Platform, and receiving The Linnean and PuLSe.
  • Student Associates must be in full- or part-time education, and be aged 18 or above. 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 the application form below 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 The Linnean Membership Department by emailing: membership@linnean.org