Become an Academic Member of the PSA today

Our Academic members enjoy the following benefits:

  • A significant registration reduction to attend our Annual Conference

  • Eligibility for overseas travel grants to international conferences

  • Eligibility for our prestigious research and teaching prizes

  • Access to our 59 subject-specific specialist groups

  • Ability to reserve our new PSA Office meeting rooms in London for both meetings and personal desk space!

  • An exciting programme of events, including our lectures at the British Library

  • Ability to participate in our annual Total Exposure competition- propose a TV show based on your work to media executives!

  • Optional subscription to our monthly e-newsletter detailing new jobs posts, call for papers, published blogs and other important announcements in the world of political studies

  • Access to online resources hosted on the new PSA website

  • Both digital and/or postal subscription to our quarterly current events magazine, Political Insight

  • Digital subscription to our four academic journals, Politics, Political Studies, Political Studies Review, and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, access to SAGE Knowledge, and the option to opt-in to hardcopy subscriptions 

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

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


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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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