How to join the Cambridge Philosophical Society

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Membership of the Society is made up of Honorary Members and Fellows. Anyone who would like to become a Fellow must be recommended in writing by an existing Fellow of the society (who has been a member for at least three years) and a person of appropriate standing, who knows the candidate personally in a professional content. Approved candidates are elected at open meetings of the Society following proposal at Council Meetings.

Applicants for membership are asked to present their original signed application form (photocopies are not accepted) together with their first subscription payment of £10 either in person, or by the University Messenger Service, to the Society's office.  Application forms may also be sent electronically to with copies to both the Proposer and Supporter's email addresses included in the email.

Fellows pay an annual subscription of £10, due in advance on 1 January each year. If elected in the Michaelmas Term, in any year, Members are not required to pay the subscription which became due on the preceding 1 January. A Fellow, or Fellow-elect, may compound for all annual subscriptions with a payment of £150. A Fellow of ten years' standing may compound for all future annual subscriptions with a payment of £100.

Subscriptions can be paid in person by cash or cheque, or by bank transfer to the Society's bank account, (please refer to the Subscription form below). If paying by bank transfer, please send an email to confirming the payment and quote the reference you have given on the transfer.

A Fellow may choose to receive either Biological Reviews or Mathematical Proceedings on payment of a sum determined by the Council and approved at a General Meeting. From 1 January 2005 the sum was £15 per annum for Biological Reviews and £30 for Mathematical Proceedings. If a Fellow is a registered Graduate Student, resident in Cambridge on 1 January of any year, there is no additional charge, for that year, for whichever of our journals is deemed relevant by their Supervisor. In these cases, the journal will be delivered to their College or Department.

A Fellow who has reached the aged of 67 and has been a Fellow for 25 years may request the Council to remit future subscriptions. Any Fellow wishing to take advantage of this bye-law should contact the Executive Secretary.

Download an application form here.