Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) is an award[2][3][4][5] granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) judges to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development.

Fellowship of the
Royal Society of Arts
The Royal Society of Arts building in London, England
Awarded for"Contributions to Social Progress and Development"
Sponsored byRoyal Society of Arts
Date1754 (1754)
LocationLondon
CountryUnited Kingdom
No. of Fellows30,000 (since 1754)[1]
Websitewww.thersa.org/fellowship

In the official language of the Fellowship Charter, the award recognizes the contributions of exceptional individuals from across the world who have made significant contributions relating to the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Fellowship is only awarded to those who can demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to social change, and support the mission of the RSA.[6][7][8][9] Fellows of the RSA are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FRSA after their name and gain access to the RSA Library and to other premises in central London.[10]

Past and current Fellows include leading activists, artists, writers, journalists and former politicians who have made significant contributions to their fields. Previous Fellows have included Stephen Hawking, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx and Benjamin Franklin.