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Become a member

To apply for SBNS membership click the link below and visit our application page.

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Patient Information

SBNS is unable to give medical advice or recommend neurosurgeons. Please use an appropriate support group or your GP.

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Become a Neurosurgeon

The management of neurosurgical patients requires excellent medical and surgical skills, a career in Neurosurgery offers many challenges and rewards.

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The Society administers the following Awards,  Bursaries and Prizes - to find out how to qualify please click on the links below:


We are pleased to announce the launch of series of new SBNS bursaries. Please submit your applications as per the relevant guidelines in the links below.

If you have any queries please contact Carole Turner on

Undergraduate Bursaries

UK Trainees

International Fellowship Bursary

Global Neurosurgical Travel Award - Alan and Diana Karter Fund Awards

SBNS President's Bursary

Bursaries for Trainee Neurosurgeons from outside the European Community

BNTA Bursaries

BNTA travel awards


Exam and National Selection prizes

Barrow Foundation UK Fellowships  


 Campbell-Connolly Neurotrauma Prize

 Sir Hugh Cairns Essay Prize

 John Pickard CSF Prize

 Cavernoma Essay Prize

 Neuropathology Essay Prize

 Pituitary Prize 

Next Essay Deadline Dates

Sir Hugh Cairns Prize: 30th April 2024

John Pickard CSF Prize: 30th April 2025

Campbell Connolly Neurotrauma Prize: 31st October 2024


Prizes are also awarded at our bi-annual conferences for the best poster and oral presentations.

Please see our Conference Archive for list of previous winners 


The Barrow Foundation UK / SBNS / RCS Research Fellowship

Last Updated: 1 December 2023