BASAS is renowned for being an accessible and supportive community that represents a broad spectrum of individuals ranging from professors to postgraduate students, and policy makers to independent researchers. Membership is continually expanding, in the UK and in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Member Benefits

With membership in over 30 countries makes BASAS one of the world’s leading learned societies for the study of South Asia.

  • Free online journal subscription to one of two leading South Asian studies journals: South Asian Studies or Contemporary South Asia.
  • Online access for members to information about the latest jobs, funding and research opportunities.
  • Regular newsletter updating you on recent developments in South Asian studies, opportunities and news from the BASAS community.
  • Annual Conference for BASAS members only.
  • Competitions and workshops open to BASAS members.
  • Publicity platform for your latest research and publications, courses and opportunities.
  • Online networking with BASAS members through the members directory.
  • Graduate and Early Career Network support specific to the needs of postgraduates and early career researchers.

More information about pricing and payment methods.

Pricing and Payment Methods


The membership fees for 2023-2024 are as follows:

  • Individual membership rate – £45
  • Individual concessionary rate* – £25

Membership includes free online journal subscription to either Contemporary South Asia or South Asian Studies. Members have the option to receive both journals for an additional £15 per year.

*The concessionary rate applies to the unwaged, retired, researchers earning less than £18,000 gross per annum, people based in South Asia, full-time students, and graduate and early career (GEC) researchers. GEC researchers are current doctoral candidates at a recognised place of higher education, or those who completed their doctoral studies less than 3 years before the time of applying, unless the individual is already permanently employed in a full-time capacity. By choosing the concessionary rate, you are confirming that the above is true and will be able to supply evidence to support this.

Payment Methods

Individuals can join BASAS or renew their existing membership using two methods:

  • Payment online via PayPal
  • Bank transfer

Payment by PayPal:

To renew your subscription please log into the Members’ Area. To join for the first time please use our online application form. Please bear in mind that using PayPal comes at a cost to the association which pays fees to the company. A bank transfer from a UK bank, on the other hand, is free to both the payer and the recipient.

Payment by Bank Transfer:

Individual payments can be made to BASAS by national or international bank transfer.
Please pay: The British Association for South Asian Studies

Account Number: 00006793

Sort Code: 40-52-40

IBAN: GB82CAFB40524000006793


Confirming receipt of your payment and application:

Please note the receipt sent via PayPal is your proof of payment from BASAS. If you are renewing your membership you may log into the Members’ Area to confirm changes to your member status shortly after having made your renewal. Membership fees are non-refundable. Applicants become members of the association once their application has been approved by the Council.