Benefits for You and the Field

Benefits for You and the Field

Your membership dues do more than give you access to your individual benefits. By being a member of the world’s largest organization of scientists studying the brain and nervous system, you are helping SfN support the field of neuroscience around the world.

Your membership dues help fund local and global programs aimed at supporting researchers, educators, and trainees; increasing diversity in the field; expanding award-winning public outreach and engagement activities; and promoting all levels of scientific inquiry from basic research to clinical trials.


Supporting the field

  • Dozens of resources are available for career-enhancing education and networking opportunities.
  • Numerous travel awards help promising trainees from all over the world attend the annual meeting, the world’s premiere neuroscience event.
  • Online resources and face-to-face programs like the acclaimed Neuroscience Scholars Program and Increasing Women in Neuroscience foster diversity in neuroscience education.
  • Peer-reviewed educator resources support undergraduate and graduate neuroscience education and beyond.
  • Online resources support non-academic career paths as well as year round dialogue and discussion.
  • Innovative regional training programs provide professional development opportunities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Expanding the field

  • Internationally renowned awards recognize and promote excellence in the field.
  • Chapters in 48 U.S. states and 23 countries promote face-to-face networking, local engagement, and educational activities.
  • Collaborations with national and international societies support the field globally through programs, alliances, and coordination.

Supporting public awareness and funding

  • SfN engages local, national, and international policymakers and scientific leaders to promote science funding and responsible animal research across the globe.
  • Brain Awareness Week activities take neuroscience to the public, promoting the field in communities all over the world, while BrainFacts.org is transforming the way the field communicates the progress and promise of neuroscience to a global public.
  • Annual Capitol Hill Day brings U.S. neuroscientists together with Congressional leaders to discuss the importance of brain research and the future of the field, while international members benefit from global partnerships to enhance advocacy in individual countries.