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Become a Fellow

Becoming a Fellow of the Geological Society is the ideal way to enhance your career as a geoscientist.

Fellowship is aimed at those with a degree or equivalent qualification in geology or a related subject, or with relevant experience in geology or a related subject.

Fellow Application Guidance Notes 

Please note that all Fellows of the Society must abide by the Society’s Code of Conduct. When you sign the application form, you will be promising to abide by the code if elected. Fellows will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for the access and use of electronic services.


As a Fellow you will be joining an international community of geoscientists. You will also be able to participate in the Society's activities to promote Geoscience and access a wealth of information and knowledge. We offer a range of benefits, which include;

These are only some of the key benefits we offer. Visit our benefits page for a full list.


Our fees page provides full details of our Fellowship fees.

Application timescales

Membership applications are usually processed within two weeks, following which email confirmation is sent to the applicant. All members (Fellows/Candidate Fellows and Junior Candidate Fellows) must be elected by Council, which meets five times during the year. However, applicants may access member benefits from the date the application is processed.

The following table lists closing dates for applications to be received and processed and the corresponding election dates:

Closing date for applications to be received Election date
22 October 2020 25 November 2020
21 December 2020 27 January 2021
4 March 2021 7 April 2021


    The guidance notes should answer any questions you might have, but if you have any further queries the Fellowship Department will be glad to help


    E-Books and E-Journals

    Fellows can access 100+ electronic resources for free via the Virtual Library.

    Geological Society Virtual Library