Call for New Members

The call for GYA membership is now closed for the year.

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline.

Impact: The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point: Applicants should be in the early years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA’s members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years. Applicants falling significantly outside these ranges may be considered under exceptional circumstances.Diversity: We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. Applications from women, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors, and from candidates in regions where the GYA has no current representation (see our Membership Map) are particularly welcome.

Membership Call Flyer

The current Membership Call Flyer in different languages:

Membership Call Flyer in English

Membership Call Flyer in Arabic

Membership Call Flyer in Chinese

Membership Call Flyer in French

Membership Call Flyer in Russian

Membership Call Flyer in Spanish

Membership Call Flyer in Portuguese

Membership Call Flyer in Vietnamese

Expectations: Each GYA member is expected to attend the GYA Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organisation’s programmes, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, and supporting science and education at the international level. The GYA is an active organisation, and being a member requires a time commitment on each member’s part. In the event that applicants are selected as new GYA members, they should be available to attend the next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled from 7 – 11 May 2018 in Pattaya, Thailand.
(Travel co-funding for members from countries receiving official development assistance (ODA) is available.)

Application Process

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and will consist of:

Online application form
This form asks for basic biographical information and include several short essay questions. The following documents must be uploaded with your online application, as one single PDF document:

  1. CV
    maximum length of 4 pages. Judges are instructed to ignore any material over the 4-page limit. Your CV should contain a brief education and employment history and make your achievements clear to a general audience. For example, a few words summarizing your most significant publications are more useful than a complete list of every paper that you have authored
  2. Declaration / signature of applicant
    download Declaration

Letter of support
Please arrange for the submission of at least one letter of support for your application. Your referee(s) should be familiar with your research career and able to comment on your standing as one of your country’s leading academics. If possible, one letter should come from your national academy or equivalent body. If this is not possible, or you wish to supply additional letters of recommendation, these should come from your employer, research institution, or other professional person familiar with your work. Personal or character references are not required.

Letters should be written personally by your referee(s) in their own words.
Please supply the document “Instructions for Referees” (below) to your referees.

Letters of support should not be uploaded with the online application. Letters should be submitted to either by yourself or directly by the referee.






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