MBA Fellows are senior practitioners in marine biology who have contributed to the discipline at the highest level

The title of Fellow of the Marine Biological Association, FMBA, was first awarded in 2014, following granting of a Royal Charter to the Marine Biological Association. The status of Fellow of the MBA is awarded in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to marine biology at the highest level, in areas that include research, policy, education, outreach, or professional and public service.

Once admitted as an MBA Fellow, the recipient is entitled to use the post-nominal of FMBA.  The FMBA post-nominal is an internationally acknowledged indication of a person’s esteemed standing, the supreme accolade in the discipline of marine biology and shows sustained dedication to the subject area.

FMBA Rewards

Members of the MBA are part of a dynamic and dedicated community working to promote research into all aspects of life in the sea. As well as supporting our work, MBA Fellowship offers you these exclusive benefits:

  • Exclusive use of the post-nominal FMBA
  • A framed certificate of distinction
  • A lapel pin 
  • A tie slide & silver charm
  • Access to an Experts Database of Marine Professionals 
  • The Marine Biologist Member's quarterly magazine
  • Invitation to contribute to the development of the Association
  • Opportunities to influence marine policy 
  • Apply for MBA Research Fellowships 
  • Huge savings on access to the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) 
  • 20% discount to publish in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) NEW FOR 2022!
  • Regular e-bulletin - updates with news, events, jobs and more 
  • Attend AGM and steer the future of marine biology 
  • As well as cross-category benefits listed here


Applications are made by completing and returning the below forms to the Membership team, who will acknowledge safe receipt. You should have a record of original or significant contribution to a marine biology-related profession, sustained over a number of years. You may also have been awarded recognition for your achievements and should have a commitment to wider professional development and the aims and objectives of the Institute.  It will help us to assess your eligibility if you provide a statement outlining the impact you have made in the field of marine biology, and provide evidence of leadership experience.

The two application periods each year are:

01 November - 15 March, ahead of April Council
01 May - 15 September, ahead of October Council

The application will then be passed to the Applications Committee for review, and appointment will be made for a short interview with two members on the Panel. Following this, and where recommendation for award of the status of Fellow is made, this is then passed to MBA Council for decision. Council Meetings are held bi-annually, at the end of April and October, and outcome of applications will therefore be announced shortly after these meetings.

File MBA Fellow Application Form

File MBA Member Expertise Form

Applications Committee

All applications will be reviewed by the Applications Committee. This Committee consists of the following MBA Fellows:

Dr Jen Ashworth FMBA
Professor Heather Koldewey Mem.MBA (Chair)
Dr Bev Mackenzie FMBA
Professor Alison Smith FMBA


Current Professional Members, Mem.MBA, are encouraged to consider their eligibility for moving up to the status of Fellow and informal enquiries about eligibility can be made to the Applications Committee via


The Annual cost to be an MBA Fellow is £120.00. There is currently no application fee. If opting to include the Journal of the Marine Biological Association JMBA, the additional fee is £20.00 per annum.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of Membership prior to submitting your application:

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