BAIS Membership

The British Association for Irish Studies is the national network for all those with an active interest in the study and development of Irish Studies.

While a significant part of the membership consists of people with a serious interest in things Irish, the majority of members are actively involved in teaching and researching at all levels, particularly within Higher Education. Funding has come from grants from the Irish government, charitable organisations and the subscriptions of members. The association is guided by a National Council of 15, elected by members every two years.

Benefits of Membership

Irish Studies Review – Members automatically receive this journal, published four times a year by Taylor & Francis. Over the years ISR has acquired international status as a leading journal in the field. It carries articles by new and established scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds in which they share their latest research findings. There is also a large and lively review section.

Email and Social Media Updates– BAIS members receive regular updates via our mailing list and Facebook and Twitter pages, sharing Irish Studies events, activities, publications, research projects, news articles and job opportunities.

Postgraduate Bursaries – Each year BAIS distributes up to £3,000 in Bursaries to assist research students working on an Irish topic and registered with British institutions of higher education. The Award Panel of distinguished scholars in Irish Studies can make awards to finance such expenses as travel, accommodation and costs incurred in consulting archives or conducting interviews. The Bursaries are presented at a ceremony in the Irish Embassy.

Postgraduate Essay Competition – This scheme invites postgraduates to submit an 8,000 word essay to the Award Panel. The prize, awarded in a ceremony at the Irish Embassy, consists of publication of the winning essay in Irish Studies Review and £500 worth of books from Cambridge University Press.

Conferences – In partnership with centres of higher education BAIS regularly holds seminars as well as one day and weekend conferences on aspects of Irish Studies. Previous topics have included Ireland Abroad (2005), Irish Protestant Identities (2005) and Science Ireland (2006) and New Irelands, hosted by the Department of Politics at Salford University and the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool (2007).

Membership fee

Beginning in January 2020, we have two categories of membership. The first is for anyone based in England, Scotland and Wales who wish to be eligible for our prizes and receive the Irish Studies Review (as well as all the other benefits above) and the second is for anyone from elsewhere who does not require the Irish Studies Review but wishes to present at our conferences and receive our newsletter.

  1. Full Membership (England, Scotland and Wales) 
  • Individual full membership is £35
  • Student/unwaged full membership is £20

Online payment options will be added to this site shortly. In the meantime, new and existing BAIS members can pay by cheque or standing order. We strongly prefer electronic bank payments.

Please send a completed BAIS 2019 onwardss to the Treasurer by email or post:

Dr George Legg | The Treasurer |British Association of Irish Studies |

Room 4.18 | Virginia Woolf Building | 22 Kingsway | London | WC2B 6LE

2. Associate Membership (Rest of the World)

  • Individual associate membership is £20
  • Student associate membership is £10

The membership benefits are the same as for full membership, except eligibility for our prizes and provision of the Irish Studies Review. If you wish to receive the journal, you can apply for full membership (see above). Please fill in BAIS Associate Membership and send to George Legg by email (preferably) or post:

Dr George Legg | The Treasurer |British Association of Irish Studies |
Room 4.18 | Virginia Woolf Building | 22 Kingsway | London | WC2B 6LE

We appreciate the Electronic Banking fees can be excessive, so we ask that you pay by Transferwise using our bank details as specified in this TransferWise Guide

We do not currently accept other payment forms.



2 thoughts on “Join BAIS

  1. I am interested in becoming a member of BAIS, and would like to know if you have any conferences scheduled for spring/summer 2016.
    Thank you,
    Margaret Carroll


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