Since 1888, we have regularly awarded Honorary Fellowships (FRSGS) in recognition of individuals' services to the Society or to the wider discipline of geography. And since 1890, when we awarded our first Gold Medal to the explorer HM Stanley, the RSGS’s prestigious Medals have allowed us to recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals (or occasionally by organisations) in a wide range of geographical fields.

Over the past 130 years, we have awarded more than 750 Honorary Fellowships and nearly 400 Medals! Award presentation events have given RSGS audiences the opportunity to meet and to hear stories from some of the greatest names of their day – people who have excelled in geographical activities, from exploration to education.

We welcome nominations for new Medallists and Fellows at any time. If you would like to propose someone for an award, please complete and submit this online form or this Word document.