Postgraduate membership

"The BNA has been a huge support to me throughout my PhD."

"Support from BNA travel grants has enabled me to attend and present my research at both local and international conferences. Attending events such as the BNA Festival of Neuroscience has greatly expanded my network across the UK and worldwide, and has allowed me to present my PhD work to world-leading academics. And, now that I am finishing my PhD, the curated list of jobs on the BNA's website has been extremely useful in guiding me towards neuroscience research opportunities."

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

Reduced registration

Reduced registration

Heavily reduced fees for BNA events, including the Festivals of Neuroscience

Prizes and funding

Prizes and funding

Eligibility for prizes, bursaries, & roles such as LGSR or Committee member

Printed Bulletin

Printed Bulletin

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

Networking

Networking

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

Careers

Careers

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

Global community

Global community

Free membership of FENS, with access to SfN benefits too

Join online today - just £2 a month


Postgraduate (Masters / PhD / F1 / F2): Eligibility criteria

Postgraduate students undertaking a Masters programme or PhD comprising neuroscience-related content (this can include students on courses other than pure neursocience, e.g. those that have modular choices).

F1 and F2 junior doctors

Assistant/Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Proof of student/trainee status, valid for up to four years, 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 enrollment,  or a headed letter from your institution. 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 student status to us afterwards. 

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Research Group Scheme

Postgraduate members may be able to benefit from 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. Ask your group leader if they are a member of the BNA, and if you can get extra membership for free!  

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Benefits

Our core membership benefits for postgraduate 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
  • Eligibility for BNA student prizes
  • Eligibility for travel bursaries
  • Printed copies of the BNA Bulletin (3 per year)
  • Opportunity to become a BNA Local Group Student Representative
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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.