Many people from all over the world are affiliated to the RAI. We welcome anyone with an interest in the subject, whether working in an academic institution or not. Our affiliates include academic specialists, students, those working in fields where anthropology has practical applications, and those whose interest is captured by the subject matter of anthropology. The membership structure has been designed as far as possible to suit all interest groups. The RAI is constantly looking for ways of improving its structure and services, and welcomes all suggestions.
You can go straight to the application form here. This application form is for all categories of affiliation.
Categories of Affiliation to the RAI
Individuals can join the RAI as Fellows, Postgraduate Fellows or Members.
Fellowship of the RAI
Fellowship is intended for those who have an academic or professional engagement with the social sciences, but serious amateurs are warmly welcomed. Fellows are elected by the Council of the RAI.
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Fellows are entitled to:
NEW FROM 2011: STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
From 2011 onwards, it will be possible to join the RAI as a Student Fellow.
Student Fellowship is appropriate for students registered on taught or research programmes leading to a qualification in any field of anthropology, anywhere in the world. Student Fellows must be elected, and must demonstrate their student status. Student Fellows are entitled to:
Student Fellows who are registered postgraduate students on taught or research programmes in any sub-field of anthropology may also apply to be Associate Members of the Association of Social Anthropologists. For more information about the ASA, please see their website at: www.theasa.org. Benefits include:
Election of First-Time Fellows
If applying to become a Fellow or Student Fellow for the first time, you must be proposed and elected by the Council of the RAI. If possible, your proposer should be a current Fellow who knows you personally. Failing this, a letter of recommendation from a person of standing will be accepted. Follow the joining and payment instructions given here. We will send you a proposal form to complete and return. As soon as your payment is processed, you will begin to receive Fellowship benefits. In the unlikely event of your not being elected, your payment will be refunded immediately. If applying to become a Member, or if you have previously been a Fellow, you do not need a proposer.
Membership of the RAI
Membership is available to all those who have a general interest in the study of humanity. Members do not need to be elected.
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Members are entitled to:
Online Access to the JRAI and AT
All Fellows, Postgraduate Student Fellows and Members receive online access to the journals to which they are entitled from the 2000 volume onwards, via Wiley Online Library. In addition, all Fellows and Postgraduate Student Fellows are entitled to access the entire back catalogue of RAI journals, up to 5 years preceding the current volume year, through the JSTOR online archive. To access this Fellows, Postgraduate Student Fellows and Members need to login via www.blackwellpublishing.com/RAI/.
Those wishing to join the RAI but not eligible for election as Fellows or Postgraduate Student Fellows, should join as Members.
How to Join: Individuals
In case of difficulty
How to Join: Institutional Subscribers
Institutions and libraries cannot join the RAI, but may subscribe to the RAI journals Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI) and Anthropology Today (AT). Since 2006, a special fifth issue of the JRAI is published annually and distributed to institutional subscribers as part of their subscription. All institutional subscriptions are managed by Blackwell publishing. Follow these links for information on subscribing to JRAI and AT.