Individual Membership

The Royal African Society is uniquely placed to connect you with a diverse network of African professionals and Africa experts across the academic, business, political, arts and education sectors. Our membership is open to anyone who wants to connect, learn, debate and celebrate. Join us to network and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. For only £85 a year – or £7 per month – you will enjoy a set of exclusive members-only benefits, worth hundreds of pounds per year!





  • Joint membership with the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), the primary organisation that facilitates links between UK and African institutions and scholars.
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded people interested in Africa and establish professional connections and partnerships.
  • Share and receive news in our members’ newsletters.




  • Subscription to African Affairs, the world’s top-rated African Studies journal (worth £82).
  • Access to SOAS Library, the world’s largest reference library on Africa (worth £200).
  • Discounted tickets to the ASAUK Biennial Conference (worth £85).




  • Free or discounted entry to our programme of public events, where we tackle some of the most pressing issues affecting the continent today.
  • Opportunity to feed into the advocacy and policy work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa, which we administer.




  • Priority booking and discounted tickets to our cultural festivals Africa Writes and Film Africa.
  • Exclusive invitations to high-profile celebratory events, such as the reception with our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and other members-only events.


Extra benefits


  • Discounts on subscriptions to other journals and publications, including The Africa Report (30% off 1st year), the African Arguments Insider’s newsletter (30%) and selected books with publishers James Currey and Boydell & Brewer.
  • Third party discounts brokered through our partnerships.


Support our work


  • Your membership is vital and helps sustain our charitable mission of amplifying African voices and interests to facilitate mutual understanding between people in the UK, Africa and the wider world.


Would you like to give a little bit extra to support our charitable work? You could join as a Friend of the Royal African Society for just £35 more per year. Find out about becoming a Friend.



If you have any questions about joining, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or get in touch at

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