Student prizes

Each year, the BNA awards an undergraduate (£250) and a postgraduate (£500) prize to student BNA members.  A list of all the Prize Winners since 1996 may be viewed here.


Applicants for both postgraduate and undergraduate prizes must be current BNA members. All nominations should be sent by email to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October each year.

The specific requirements for applicants are as follows:

Postgraduate Prize

To be eligible for the  postgraduate prize, candidates must have completed and submitted their thesis and had it approved (i.e. the PhD viva has taken place) within the 12 months preceding 31st October each year. We recognise that formal award of a PhD can take some time, and so we do not require that the PhD has been formally awarded in order to be eligible for the Prize. 

In order to apply, the candidate must be a current BNA member and should submit the following documentation to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October:

  • Letter of nomination from the student’s supervisor
  • External examiner’s report or recommendation
  • Abstract of the thesis
  • Statement from the student highlighting the importance of the work in the thesis

It is also beneficial to include a list of publications and presentations at meetings that have arisen from the work, and an indication of current career intentions. 

Masters students are also eligible and can also submit a Masters project for the Postgraduate prize. However, please be aware that these will be judged following the same criteria as those for a PhD thesis. At present the BNA does not have a separate category for Masters students.

Undergraduate Prize

The area of study for this award can be broad, including not only neuroscience per se, but also subjects where a large part of the degree comprises neuroscience.

Applicants should be current undergraduate students, or have graduated within 12 months preceding 31st October each year.  

In order to apply, the candidate must be a current BNA member, and should submit the following documentation to office@bna.org.uk by 31st October:

  • Letter of nomination from Course Tutor, Course Supervisor or Head of Department
  • Evidence of success in final summer examinations, including marks
  • Any supporting material, including final year dissertation/thesis, or a report on any research carried out by the student
  • A statement of career intentions

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