Career starter membership

Just graduated this year? Congratulations!

We believe that once a neuroscientist, always a neuroscientist.

We recognise the financial constraints of many new graduates and want to ensure we have an affordable membership category for recent graduates in transition stages of their career. Stay in touch with your neuroscience community through our career starter membership: open to all graduated students, regardless of what you’re doing now.

Examples of ways that BNA membership can grow your enjoyment of neuroscience and develop your career:

Neuroscience community

Neuroscience community

Remain engaged with the neuroscience community

Reduced registration

Reduced registration

Free or reduced registration rates for all BNA events

Printed Bulletin

Printed Bulletin

The BNA Bulletin, full of neuro news & research, delivered direct to your door

Careers

Careers

Learn about career paths following a neuroscience degree, in academia or beyond

Networking

Networking

Get the chance to meet big names (and future employers!) in neuroscience

Global community

Global community

Free membership of FENS, with access to SfN benefits too

Join online today - just £2 a month


Eligibility criteria

Undergraduate students who have graduated within the last year and have not progressed into postgraduate study. You are eligible to apply at any time within 12 months from the official end study date on your student verification*.  

Postgraduate (including Masters / PhD / F1 / F2) students, F1/F2 junior doctors and assistant/trainee clinical psychologists who have graduated within the last year and have not progressed into an early career researcher (ECR) or clinical role. You are eligible to apply at any time within 12 months from the official end study date on your student verification*.  

* Proof of previous student/trainee status will be required in order to prove eligibility. This can be a photo, pdf or other document of, for example, your student ID card, proof of enrolment, or a headed letter from your institution clearly stating the end date of your previous studies. Alternatively, you can provide a copy of your degree certificate. You will be asked to upload this during the online application procedure.  Don't worry if you haven't got this to hand! - you can still submit an application form, and then send proof of previous student status to us afterwards.

Please note that you are only eligible to become a career starter member within the first year of graduating, and you can only remain in the career starter membership category for a maximum of one year. After your career starter membership, we will welcome you to progress into either Associate, ECR or Full membership.

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Benefits

Our core membership benefits for our career starter membership are listed below.

Alongside our core benefits, we also offer a range of special member incentives such as competitions, prize draws and discounts throughout the year - please look out for these notifications in the member eBulletin and via our social media channels! 

  • Free or reduced registration rates for all BNA events
  • Free membership of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) (see how to activate)
  • Reduced registration fees via FENS-sponsored abstract slots for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting (read more)
  • Free training materials, webinars, virtual conferences other resources at Neuronline
  • Printed copies of the BNA Bulletin (3 per year)
  • Members-only opportunity to publish articles for the BNA website and Bulletin
  • Up to 50% off Royal Society of Biology Training events
  • 15% discount on all books from Wisepress
  • Monthly e.bulletin with news, offers and events
  • Free online access to the European Journal of Neuroscience
  • 50% discount on Royal Society of Biology membership for the first two years
  • 10% off joint membership with the International Neuroethics Society
  • Reduced APC charges for the BNA journal ‘Brain and Neuroscience Advances
  • Reduced registration fees for events and meetings run by partnering organisations 
  • Access to members-only information about travel grants, fellowships, grant-writing and other useful resources
  • Continuously updated member-only offers e.g. discounts on journals and books
  • Free advertising in the BNA Bulletin, e.bulletin and website 
  • Free online job listings

Cost:

Annual fee = £24

Be part of a respected national academic society that represents UK neuroscience nationally and across the world.

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