Call for New Members

The membership call is closed.

Please return 15 July 2020 for a new opportunity to join the GYA. 


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

The GYA is a global organisation that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. We especially encourage members of different minority groups, less known cultures, and from diverse disciplines, not only of the natural sciences, but also the social sciences, arts and humanities and people working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors are particularly welcome to apply.


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

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline, ascertained by a proven track record and expected future achievements. Moreover, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to making a difference in society. PhD or equivalent is a requirement for applicants.

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 to middle years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years. Applicants falling outside these ranges are still invited to send their applications with a justification for why they should be considered.

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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, supporting science outreach and education at the national and international levels, and the young scientist ambassador programme. 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 for 16 – 21 May 2021 in Japan.

Application Process

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter of support. Completing the application takes about 30 minutes, the form can be saved at any time and processed later. So that you can prepare well, you can find here essay questions in advance as a download.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact the GYA members/alumni who are from their country/region for further information on the GYA activities, working groups and any other questions which can help with application process. You can find members and alumni list along their contact details on our GYA website. In generell, you are welcome to ask all questions to the GYA Office.

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

  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 summarising your most significant publications are more useful than a complete list of every paper that you have authored.
  2. Letter(s) 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.
  3. Data Protection / Declaration / signature of applicant
    Download document here.

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