ECR Membership

Annual fee: £52 (or £48 by Direct Debit)

Eligibility criteria

Individuals are eligible for early career membership for the first five years following completion of their highest degree (e.g. BSc, MSc or PhD) or, for clinicians, the first five years following completion of F2, or for clinical psychologists, the first five years after starting a Professional Doctorate or work as a Clinical Psychologist. After five years early career members are invited to become Full/Full industry members.

Please note that early career membership can only be obtained once and cannot be applied should a member return to full time education after time as an early career member.


Our core membership benefits for early career members are listed below.

ECR members may also eligible for the research group member scheme, which allows Full Members to give up to nine members of their research team extended subscriptions with the BNA, giving them extended access to bursaries, reduced meeting fees, membership of FENS, and more. If your lab head is a full member of the BNA, then let them know about this scheme! 

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
  • Eligibility for travel bursaries
  • Reduced APC charges for the BNA journal ‘Brain and Neuroscience Advances
  • Free advertising in the BNA Bulletin, eBulletin and website 
  • Opportunity to become a BNA Local Group Representative
  • Free online job listings
  • Printed copies of the BNA Bulletin (3 per year)
  • 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 registration fees for events and meetings run by partnering organisations 
  • Eligibility for Local Group funding (via your own Local Group Representative)
  • 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

Be part of a respected national academic society that represents UK neuroscience nationally and internationally