PhilSoc membership

The Society has a worldwide membership of more than 900 members. Membership is open to all and entitles members to attend meetings and receive the Society's publications. More information on the benefits of membership and how to join is given below.

Student Associate membership, available for students enrolled at educational institutions, offers all the benefits received by ordinary members at a reduced subscription rate for up to five years provided that the member remains enrolled on a course of study at such an institution, after which the member becomes an ordinary member at the ordinary subscription rate.

Benefits of membership

The core benefits of PhilSoc membership are:

(a) subscription to PhilSoc's journal, the Transactions of the Philological Society;

(b) online access to the entire Transactions back catalogue, going back to 1854;

(c) subscription to PhilSoc's monograph series, the Publications of the Philological Society;

(d) standing 20% discount on the list price of any title in the Wiley linguistics list.

Further, members receive a copy of PhilSoc papers, can buy items from the Publications back catalogue at a reduced price, and can attend, and introduce a friend to, PhilSoc meetings, as well as other specific events organised by the Society. Members also have reading rights at the library of University College London.

Student Associate Members who are enrolled on a doctoral programme are also eligible to apply for bursaries to cover the cost of giving a paper at a conference or carrying out fieldwork.

Apply for membership

Individuals can apply for PhilSoc membership by completing a membership application form, which can be downloaded from the panel on the right, and returning it to the Honorary Membership Secretary, whose contact information is at the bottom of the form. Applications for Student Associate membership should provide confirmation of their student status as indicated on the form (e.g. by an e-mail from or the signature of their supervisor or equivalent).


The annual subscription for Ordinary Members is £20, payable immediately upon application, and thereafter annually on 1 Jan. For Student Associate Members, a one-off subscription of £20 is payable, which covers up to five years. More information is available on our Subscriptions page.

Change of address

The Society would be grateful if members would notify the Honorary Membership Secretary of any change to their name or postal address. It would also be appreciated if members who have not done so would provide the Membership Secretary with a current e-mail address and notify him of any change to it.