The GYA Membership Selection Committee takes care of the selection process of the GYA, and plays a vital role in maintaining the excellence and diversity of new members. The members of this committee review all incoming applications for new membership each year and approximately 40 new members are selected each year. The process is run by the chair of the committe who organizes the assessment of applications by reviewers in several rounds.
Each year, we get more than 300 applications. The goal of the committee is always to admit the best applicants who fit the GYA criteria and who will also be active during their five years of membership. The discipline and diversity are taken into consideration while assigning reviewers to ensure the selection of the most suitable applicants. In addition, each application is reviewed by several reviewers to ensure consistency in the assessment results. Applications that receive contradictory scores are re-evaluated to ensure fairness. Finally, the committee ensures that the new intake is gender-balanced and that the members are diverse in terms of disciplines and geographical distribution.
There is extensive documentation available from the GYA Office on the process of selecting new members, to guide committee members (see 8. New Member Selection): https://intranet.globalyoungacademy.net/wiki/gya-procedures