NCIS membership offers opportunities for travel and research grants, member discounts to journals and services and more academic support. NCIS offers several membership levels--compare various benefits here.


MEMBER PROFILE PAGE As a member you receive a free, easily updated webpage on the NCIS website where you may display a profile, resume, and photos.
Membership Card will be mailed to you automatically upon joining. Present your membership card at research institutions as proof of  NCIS affiliation. Enquiries to
Personalized Business Cards: Members may order personalized NCIS business cards through the NCIS website.
NCIS Member Logo: Proudly display your NCIS affiliation and use it in your correspondence, display it on your emails, website, blog, and social media accounts. email address: Apply for an email address to use for your academic contacts through
NCIS letters of introduction to access collections or other resources. Simply place a request at least three weeks in advance.
Helpsheets and Advice: In the Members Only area of the website you will find resources on essential academic skills such as turning your written research into an oral presentation (and vice versa); translating your work; getting your book published; and chairing a conference session.


  • Peer Reviewed Journal: The Independent Scholar (TIS) is the peer-reviewed, open access online journal of NCIS and past issues can be viewed on the website. All NCIS members and affiliate members are eligible to submit manuscripts for review, and submissions can be sent to at any time. A CFP is also issued at various points during the year. More information on submission and review guidelines
  • Book Reviewing: We welcome members' academic books for review, and also encourage you to offer your services as a book reviewer. Contact
  • 'How-to' resources: on presenting conference papers, chairing conference sessions, and publishing your work are all available to Members Only.


Grant awards offered by NCIS (only Full Members who have been fully paid up members for 18mths, are eligible to apply. Associate members are not eligible.):  

  • NCIS Research Grants (funded by NCIS)
  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS)
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and the family of Professor Eisenstein)

Grant awards administered by NCIS (all paid-up members may apply):

  • Dorbrecht Grant (funded by the Orphiflamme Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, to fund research on Judaism and Yoga)
  • Karp Grant (funded by David Karp through the JCF)
  • Fiscal Administration of Institutional Grants  Many agencies award funds exclusively to institutions, and NCIS members may apply for funding using NCIS as a fiscal administrator.
  • Grant Opportunities News about grants open to independent scholars is posted regularly on social media.

More information on all NCIS grants and NCIS-administered grants can be found on the Grants page of this site, or contact

JSTOR Journal Access 50% discount on JPASS journal access through JSTOR. Visit to register. (Member login required.)  
Nota Bene software for academic writing and research. Excellent (30%) discount across all products are available for NCIS members. Go to and enter the group code NCIS2017.
Professional Writing and Translation Services Discounts on professional services from NCIS members. Editors offer general manuscript critique, proofreading, and in-depth content editing, while featured translators specialize in academic texts
NCIS events: Reduced registration rate for for NCIS conferences and accommodation
***Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) Although we discontinued the NCIS discounted subscription to CHE in April 2017 due to the heavy administrative load for a consistently low take-up, members are welcome to take out an individual subscription by going to

Discussion groups on Facebook, Twitter
Membership Directory Members' specialisms listed in our searchable Membership Directory enable you to find others in your research disciplines or in your geographical area
Collegial Support Services Need a critique of your article, book chapter, or grant proposal before submitting it to a publisher or grant agency? Swap your paper with an NCIS member and receive a peer review of your work. Collegial support is offered by one NCIS member to another without charge.
Regional Member Gatherings In addition to NCIS' national conferences, we encourage members to meet for informal local events. Such gatherings facilitate member networking, introduce new people to NCIS, and can form the basis for creating regional affiliated societies. Should you wish to host or help organize a local meeting in your area please contact
NCIS Conferences at major academic institutions

To learn more about these benefits, to make a suggestion, or to volunteer a few hours of your time to ensure we can continue to offer these benefits, please contact