Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland judges to be "eminently distinguished in their subject".[1]


Around 50 new fellows are elected each year in March.[1] As of 2016 there are around 1650 Fellows, including 71 Honorary Fellows (HFRSE) and 76 Corresponding Fellows.[1][2]

Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FRSE.


Examples of fellows include Peter Higgs and Jocelyn Bell Burnell.[1] Previous fellows have included Melvin Calvin, Benjamin Franklin, and James Clerk Maxwell, and James Watt.[3] See the Category:Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for more examples. A comprehensive biographical list of Fellows from 1783-2002 has been published by the Society (Part I, Part II).


  1. ^ a b c d Anon (2016). "Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)". Edinburgh: royalsoced.org.uk. 
  2. ^ Anon (2016). "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows as of 2016-05-13" (PDF). Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-30. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F. (2016). "Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh". www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk. MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.