Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Each year up to 10 new Foreign Members are elected by existing Fellows. There are currently about 165 Foreign Members.
Eligibility to become a Fellow is usually restricted to people who are British or Irish nationals or who are citizens of a Commonwealth country or work in a Commonwealth country. Other candidates who are eminent for their scientific discoveries and attainments are eligible for proposal as candidates for Foreign Membership.
Please contact the Press and Public Relations team if you would like to get in touch with a Foreign Member for media purposes. Biographical information on past Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society is available from The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Archive Resource.
The following table provides a list of our current Foreign Members. A complete listing of the Fellowship from 1660 onwards is also available.