About Membership

The Royal African Society has a diverse and influential membership network made up of individuals, companies and organisations who take a proactive interest in Africa and value opportunities to connect, share ideas and develop partnerships. We offer individual, student, friend and corporate membership packages.

Who can become a member of the Royal African Society?

Anyone. Our members are drawn from all walks of life and include Africans in Africa, Africans in the diaspora, as well as people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, artists, writers and activists, politicians and business people. You can join the RAS whether you’re someone with a professional, academic or personal interest in Africa or a company with a business interes on the continent. 

What are the benefits of being a RAS member?

As a RAS member, you would enjoy access to a wide range of wonderful benefits, saving you hundreds of pounds per year! See below for some of the key benefits of membership: 

  • FREE subscription to African Affairs, the world's top-rated African Studies journal (worth £82 for individuals and £540 for companies) 
  • FREE access to SOAS Library, the world's largest reference library on Africa (worth £200 for individuals or £450 for companies)
  • FREE or discounted entry to our flagship Annual Lecture and other high-profile events 
  • PRIORITY notice of our events and festivals and exclusive members' news 
  • DISCOUNT on tickets to the African Studies Association of the UK's Biennial Conference (worth £85)
  • DISCOUNT on subscription to other journals/publications, including The Africa Report (30% off 1st year), Africa Confidential (50% of 1st year) and African Arguments' Insider's Newsletter (30%) off
  • DISCOUNT on selected books with publishers James Currey and Boydell & Brewer
  • Plus other attractive benefits brokered through our many partnerships 

What am I signing up for as an RAS member?

Becoming a member of the RAS means you will contribute to keeping Africa high on the UK's social, political and cultural agenda. You would also be signing up to be part of the most dynamic, influential and [yes] fun organisations promoting Africa in the UK. What are you waiting for? Join today!