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Become a Student Member

Joining as a student member of the Geological Society, is the ideal first step towards becoming a professionally qualified Geoscientist.

Student membership is available if you are currently enrolled in an educational institution studying for or towards a career in Geosciences. It gives students who have an interest in Geoscience access to services provided by the Geological Society at an early stage of your career.

Grades of Student Membership

Junior Candidate Fellow   

School children looking at rocksUsually for those between the age of 16-18, studying for A-levels or equivalent. 

If you have a keen interest in geology and can provide satisfactory evidence of your intent to go on and take a degree in geology or a related subject, you may join as a Junior Candidate Fellow. You can remain a Junior Candidate Fellow until you register for an undergraduate degree course or until one year after you have received the qualifications that show you have completed secondary education. 

Junior Candidate Fellow Guidance Notes

The guidance notes should answer any questions you might have, but if you have any further queries the Fellowship Department will be glad to help

sedimentology-phd.jpg Candidate Fellow   

Usually for those studying on undergraduate courses in Geoscience or a related subject. 

If you are registered for an honours degree (first degree) in geology, you may join as a Candidate Fellow. You can remain a Candidate Fellow for up to one year after graduation. Fees for Candidate Fellows are heavily discounted, especially if you choose to pay up-front for the duration of your undergraduate course.

Candidate Fellow Guidance Notes

The guidance notes should answer any questions you might have, but if you have any further queries the Fellowship Department will be glad to help.


*All Fellows of the Society, including Junior Candidate and Candidate Fellows, must abide by the Society’s code of conduct. When you sign the application form, you will be promising to abide by the code if elected. Fellows will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for the access and use of electronic services.*

How can membership benefit you as a Student 

As a student of Geoscience you are taking the first step towards a highly rewarding career. By becoming a student member of the Geological Society you will be demonstrating your commitment to the profession. You will also be able to participate in the Society's activities to promote Geoscience and access a wealth of information and knowledge. We offer a range of benefits, many of which will be invaluable for you as a student. These include;

  • Access to one of the most important and extensive geological libraries in the world – with access to over 90 journals remotely online
  • Access to the Society’s online CV posting service
  • Free monthly magazine, Geoscientist
  • Free online access to one of the Society’s prestigious journals of your choice
  • Up to 50% discounts on books and special publications
  • Reduced rates for conference and events
  • And being part of the primary Geoscientific Community in the UK through free membership of Regional and Special interest groups and networks
These are only some of the key benefits we offer. Visit our benefits page for a full list.

How much does it Cost?

Our student membership fees are very low, only a fraction of the full fees paid by Fellows, and you still enjoy the same benefits (with exception of the use of our post nominal FGS which is reserved for qualified Fellows).

  • Junior Candidate Fellows pay only £10 per annum
  • Candidate Fellows pay only £15 per annum (or a one off fee of £40 for the duration of your course)

Timetable for membership applications

Membership applications are usually processed within two weeks, following which email confirmation is sent to the applicant. All members (Fellows/Candidate Fellows and Junior Candidate Fellows) must be elected by Council, which meets five times during the year. However applicants may access member benefits from the date the application is processed.

The following table lists closing dates for applications to be received and processed and the corresponding election dates:

Application for Candidate/Junior Candidate Fellowship

Closing date for applications

to be received/processed

Election date

 24 October 2016  30 November 2016

 31 December 2016

1 February 2017

 28 February 2017  
 4 April 2017
 Mid May 2017 TBC

 Mid June 2017 TBC

 Mid August 2017 TBC

 Mid September 2017 TBC

 Mid/End October 2017 TBC

 End of November 2017

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