Why should I join BASEES?

Community of Scholars: BASEES is the foremost learned society in the UK advancing the scholarly study of Russia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. We are active on behalf of our members in dealing with government, with other associations and with individual universities in the UK and beyond. 

Reduced Conference Rates: BASEES members receive a discount on the BASEES Annual Conference fees. Our conference is held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in spring and draws more than 450 participants from the UK, continental Europe and North America, as well as Russia and Eastern Europe. 

News and Information: Members will receive professional news, information on upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, and recent publications through the BASEEES Newsletter (triannually) and the BASEES Bulletin (forthnightly).

Prizes: BASEES members are eligible to be nominated for the prestigious BASEES prizes: the Alec Nove Prize in Russian in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies; the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies; the BASEES Prize for the Best Scholarly Article by a Postgraduate Student; and the BASEES Women’s Forum Prizes.

Funding: BASEES has its own Research and Development fund to support young and established scholars. UK-based members of the association can apply for Postgraduate Research Grants and grants to help organise seminar series and conferences.

Study Groups/Networks: BASEES sponsors a variety of study groups focusing on particular issues and topics. Examples include: the Study Group on the Russian Revolution; the Women's Forum; the Study Group on Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe; and the Study Group on Slavonic and East European Mediaeval Studies.



Please note that there are two categories of membership:

1. Full Membership is for academic staff in full time posts in the UK and abroad.

2. Associate Membership is for postgraduate research students, retired academic staff, academic staff on part-time contracts, independent scholars and others.

For more details of membership categories, please refer to the BASEES Constitution

Annual membership subscriptions are £45 for Full Members and £30 for Associate Members.

For those paying by Direct Debit, membership is paid for a year in advance from the month the subscription is initiated.

For those paying with annual conference registration fees, by credit / debit card or by cheque, membership is for one year from the month in which the subscription payment is processed.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the application form below AND the payment form.

Once you have filled and submitted the application form, please download the payment form below (direct debit or payment by debit/credit card), print out the form, complete the appropriate part, scan it, and email it to the membership secretary, Dr Peter Whitewood. Our preferred method of payment is Direct Debit. Alternatively, write a cheque for your first year's subscription made out to 'CAF/BASEES'. We can only accept cheques from UK bank accounts.

Please Email or POST the completed payment form to:

Dr Peter Whitewood
School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy
York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
YO31 7EX

The membership secretary will then forward your application and payment to CAF, Kings Hill, West Mailing, Kent, ME19 4TA, which manages the BASEES membership.

For membership queries, please contact Dr Peter Whitewood at members@basees.org.