The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) advances and promotes knowledge and understanding of the world around us. It is a charity with a broad-based membership who support the Society’s mission and aims. Membership is open to geographers and all others with an interest in peoples, places, cultures and environments of our world. Members include those in Geography-related professions; academics, researchers and teachers; sixth form, undergraduate and postgraduate students; those wishing to keep in touch with Geography; and those with a wider interest in the human and physical environment, travel and exploration. The 1995 merger between the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) created the largest and most vigorous geographical society in Europe, and this is in part due to the Society’s active and broad membership of some 13,000 Fellows and Members, based in the UK and abroad. The Society is governed by a democratically elected Council and encourages Fellows to become involved. The RGS-IBG receives 40% of its annual income from the subscriptions of Fellows and Members and this is used to support its charitable activities. One of the main aims in the Society’s Strategic Plan is to ensure the continuing vigour of its Fellowship. If you have a lively interest in Geography and in the world about you, then consider joining the RGS-IBG. Fellows and Members do not require special qualifications and the Society welcomes applications from all who wish to support its aims and participate in its activities from anywhere in the world. To find out more, visit the RGS-IBG’s website.
Would you like to be a RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellow?
Find out how to join by visiting the RGS-IBG postgraduate membership page. Belonging to the RGS-IBG enables fellows and members to keep in touch with the world of Geography, to support the Society in achieving its aims, to access the substantial geographical information resources, to receive publications, and to attend lectures, meetings and other events. All RGS-IBG Postgraduate Fellows automatically become members of our Postgraduate Forum (PGF) at no extra cost and are encouraged to actively participate in the Forum. Postgraduate fellows also become eligible to apply to RGS-IBG grant competitions.