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Benefits of Membership

  • A substantial discount on the fee for the BRISMES Annual Conference
  • Receipt of five issues per year of the British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies by post and access to the journal online
  • Receipt of monthly e-newsletters detailing BRISMES news, opportunities in Middle East Studies and upcoming MENA-related events throughout the UK
  • For student members, the opportunity to apply for BRISMES Scholarships and Bursaries
  • The opportunity to publicise events and jobs in our Featured listings on the BRISMES events calendar and jobs page for free
  • For full BRISMES members, the opportunity to vote in the AGM
  • Free publicity for news related to your academic research (eg. newly published books, awards won) through the BRISMES e-newsletter and on BRISMES social media platforms.

 Membership Categories

 Important Information
BRISMES is a recognised charitable body, all subscriptions are therefore tax deductible. BRISMES membership runs from 1 January to 31 December each year. Subscriptions are due on 1 January each year. Members joining after this date will have their membership back-dated from 1 January and publications sent for that year. Membership applications are processed manually; there will be a delay between submitting an application form and receiving confirmation of membership.


Membership in this category is open to those professionally and/or personally concerned with the MENA region and international relations. Fellows vote to elect (and are eligible to become) the Society's Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. They also elect and are eligible to become members of the Council (trustees).

New Subscription rates for 2021 are as follows:

  • Those earning £80,000 or more:    £150
  • Those earning between £60,000 and £79,999:    £120
  • Those earning between £50,000 and £59,999:    £100
  • Those earning between £40,000 and £49,999:    £90
  • Those earning between £30,000 and £39,999:    £60
  • Those earning below £29,999:    £50
  • Retired*:    £50
  • Students** & unwaged***:    £30

**Anyone over the current state pension age and no longer in full time employment is eligible to pay this rate.

** Upon graduation, for a period of two years, former student members may also benefit from this reduced rate

***Anyone who has been unemployed for a period of more than THREE months may benefit from this reduced rate, until such time as they find gainful employment.

- All of the above rates are discounted by 20% for scholars in the Global South to account for the expense of making hard current payments
- All of the above rates are discounted by 10% for those who take out a standing order
- We also offer an additional opt-in extra to receive ‘MidEast Wire’ which costs £30

Institutional membership

Institutional membership is open to any organisation that is actively involved in Middle East Studies and relevant forms of public engagement and community education. It is for charities, campaigning organizations, associations, community groups and the like. This membership allows 2, 4, 6 or 8 named employees from your organisation to enjoy all the benefits of being a member of BRISMES, including reduced rates at our annual conference. Institutional membership is not available to university departments. The fee varies depending on the number of named employees, and the size and income of the organisation.

School membership - FREE

School membership is open to any school offering GCSE, A levels or the equivalent in any Middle East language, Middle East studies, Islamic studies or related subjects. Each holder of school membership will be entitled to institutional on-line access to the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, reduced rates at the BRISMES annual conference and access to other BRISMES events. They will not be eligible for voting rights.

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