Fellowship Application

Applying for Fellowship of the BIS

If you meet one of the conditions for Fellowship, which is continuous Membership for three years, you are invited to apply for Fellowship. This page sets out the role of our Fellows, the responsibilities and requirements, and invites you to apply.

By becoming a Fellow, you demonstrate a higher level of commitment to and support for its mission:

The British Interplanetary Society promotes the exploration and use of space for the benefit of humanity, by connecting people to create, educate and inspire, and advance knowledge in all aspects of astronautics.

If you believe in, or support, these important objectives, through your career or your other interests, whether within the Society or elsewhere, then we would urge you to apply for Fellowship.

The Society needs a strong Fellowship, to support its activities, and to influence and guide its future direction in a way that reflects the interests and concerns of the space community. As owners of the Society, Fellows have full voting rights at all General Meetings, are entitled to put “FBIS” after their names and are eligible to be elected to Council after three years.

The Society’s requirements for Fellowship follow the model of a “Learned Society” which is not supporting a particular profession.  You must have been in continuous Membership of the Society for three years.  There are two routes to Fellowship, either:

  • Hold a professional qualification to University Degree standard in an area relevant to astronautics, or three years professional experience in an area relevant to astronautics.
  • Provide a contribution to the work of the Society or astronautics in addition to promoting the BIS and what it stands for, which is viewed by the Council as important and providing adequate grounds for election to that grade.

The Council encourages all Members who meet the requirements to apply for Fellowship. If you think you qualify and would like to apply, please complete the following online Fellowship Application Form.