Become an Academic Member of the PSA today

Our Academic members enjoy the following benefits:

  • A significant discounted registration for the Annual Conference

  • Eligibility to apply for overseas travel grants to international conferences

  • Opportunity to be awarded one of our annual Academic Prizes

  • Eligibility to post Blogs on the PSA website and sumbit contributions to PSA News

  • Quarterly digital and/or postal subscription to Political Insight magazine

  • Digital subscription to four academic journals: Politics, Political Studies, Political Studies Review, & the British Journal of Politics and International Relations

  • Full and free access to SAGE Knowledge, a back catalogue of hundreds of publications

  • Access to our 59 subject-specific specialist groups

  • Ability to reserve rooms in the PSA office in London - for both meetings and personal desk space

  • An exciting programme of events, including our Annual Lecture

  • Free subscription to our monthly e-newsletter highlighting calls for papers, published blogs, job opportunities and other important announcements in the world of political studies

  • Access to online resources hosted on the PSA website

  • Eligibility to give back to the discipline by being a Judge on our Academic Prize prize panels

  • Voting rights as a member of the PSA at our Annual General Meeting

  • Eligibility to claim HMRC tax relief on your annual subscription, if you pay this yourself, as 'being a member of that body or society is relevant to your job'


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We have several different rates of membership for Academics -find out more about which academic membership is right for you:


General Academic membership

General academic membership is offered on progressively priced levels:

  • If you earn less than £40k per year: £72.00

  • If you earn £40k-60k per year: £82.00

  • If you earn more than £60k per year: £92.00


Unwaged/unemployed Higher Education academics

For academics who are unwaged or unemployed

  • Unwaged academic membership: £40.00


Retired membership

Retired academics can now choose between an annual membership and lifetime membership of the PSA.
Retired members are the only PSA members who can enjoy free attendance to the PSA Annual Conference! Get in touch if you’d be willing to be a panel Chair or Discussant.

  • Annual Retired membership: £60.00

  • Lifetime Retired membership: £500.00


Early Career Network membership

Early Career Network membership is open to anyone studying for their PhD or within three years of completing their viva. In addition to all the benefits listed above, ECN members also enjoy a wide range of ECN-specific events, an ECN e-newsletter with information specific to early career researchers and other benefits included in their ECN membership.

  • Early Career Network membership: £20.00


Student membership

This membership is for students at undergraduate or masters levels who want to join the PSA.

Student members have access to all member benefits except member voting rights and access to our academic journals.

  • Student membership: £10.00


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