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Membership Benefits

What are the benefits of becoming an APA member?

The APA provides a wide variety of professional services for members, including the following:

See Membership Benefits for a complete list of member services.

Are the online member groups included with APA membership? If so, how do I sign up?

Yes, they’re included with yearly membership dues. You can join member groups when you join the APA or renew your membership, or at any time by visiting the member groups page. Member groups currently include Adjuncts and Contingent Faculty; Graduate Students; Job Candidates; Teaching Philosophy Online; Women in Philosophy and more, and we welcome your suggestions for new member groups.

Joining the APA

How can I join the APA?

The easiest way to join the APA is through the APA website. During the online joining process, you’ll choose a membership type (regular, student, international, K-12 teacher, or colleague), complete your contact and professional information—including your educational background and demographic data—and submit your dues. After your application has been submitted and approved, your membership will be activated and you will be notified by email.

I joined online but my application is still pending. Why?

Applications for membership must be completed entirely and submitted with appropriate dues. Pending applications could result from incomplete submissions (fields left blank); selecting an APA membership type that does not match the information listed on the application (for example, selecting international associate membership but residing in the US/Canada or selecting student associate membership when you hold the Ph.D.); or a missing dues payment.

Membership applications are reviewed during normal business hours, (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern time). If joining during a weekend or holiday, the application may not be reviewed until the next business day. Please refer to national office hours and holiday closings.

How can I give someone a gift of APA membership?

APA membership is a great gift for any philosopher in your life! The APA membership staff is happy to assist you with purchasing a gift membership. To get started, complete our Gift Membership Request Form.

Divisional Affiliation

Do I need to choose a division?

The APA has three divisions—Central, Eastern, and Pacific. Many activities of the association, such as voting, happen within the divisions. Therefore, full members (regular and emeritus) must affiliate with one of the divisions for purposes of voting eligibility. Associate members (student, international, K-12 teacher, and colleague) do not have voting privileges and therefore do not affiliate with a division.

How do I choose my division?

It is up to you which APA division you choose. Divisional affiliation for full members (regular and emeritus) is often based on geographical location—most of our members choose their division by the area of the country in which they live or work. Others decide by the divisional meeting in which they are most likely to participate. Still others choose based on ideological factors. Again, the choice of division is completely up to you.

Can I participate in and submit papers for the meetings of all three divisions, or only my own division?

Members may attend any of the three annual divisional meetings and may submit papers for consideration on any of the divisional meeting programs, regardless of member type or divisional affiliation.

I’d like to change my divisional affiliation. How do I do that?

If you’re a full member (regular or emeritus) and would like to change your divisional affiliation, you should submit a division change request. Divisional changes are applied once a year, on July 1.

I’ve moved. Will my division be changed automatically?

No. Divisional affiliation is based entirely on member choice and does not necessarily reflect a member’s geographic location. Therefore, if you wish to change your division because you have moved, you must submit a division change request.


How much are membership dues?

Dues rates for all types of memberships can be found on the Membership Information page. Except for students, rates are set on a sliding scale according to individual (not family/household) annual income. Student rates are set according to education level (high school, undergraduate, or graduate).

When is the dues deadline?

The APA’s membership year runs from July 1 through June 30. Dues are due at the start of the fiscal year on July 1. After September 1, dues are considered past due; those who have not renewed by that date are removed from the membership rolls. Dues are not prorated for those who join the APA mid-year or who remit dues late.

Will I be able to pay advanced dues before June 30 (for institutional budget reasons)?

Yes, the online dues renewal period opens on June 1.

How are my dues spent?

Membership dues are the APA’s primary source of income. They enable us to run the three annual divisional meetings; support committee projects and board initiatives; produce the Proceedings and Addresses and other publications; administer the website and member community; run PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers and the placement service; develop new resources and tools; and do advocacy work to support philosophy and philosophers.

Do you offer dues discounts?

We do not normally offer dues discounts. We keep dues as low as possible, and discounting dues any further would keep us from providing benefits and services for our members and the profession.

We aim to make membership as affordable as possible by offering a sliding fee scale. Unlike the fee scales of many other associations, the APA's is not regressive: it is set at a flat percentage for all income bands, so that those at the lower end of the income spectrum do not pay more, proportionally, than those at the higher end.

My department pays for my dues. How can our department administrator sign into the website and pay dues for me?

Department administrators or others cannot sign into an APA member profile that’s not their own. If your department pays for your dues, we recommend using your personal credit card and being reimbursed by your department afterward.

Will I receive a paper dues invoice?

Yes. Dues invoices are sent to members by mail at the start of each fiscal year (July). Additional reminders are sent by email.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept personal checks, postal or international money orders, and ACH/e-checks (US banks only).

How do I get a receipt for my dues?

A receipt for your payment will automatically be sent to you by email immediately after your payment has been processed. You can also retrieve your paid receipts from your online membership profile after signing into the APA website (select “Manage Profile” from the right sidebar, then click “Invoices”), or you can contact for an additional copy.

How secure is my credit card information if I pay online or by mail?

Credit card information entered into the APA website is encrypted and protected with industry standard encryption software. We use Secure Sockets Layer technology (SSL) and comply with all Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements.


Are donations to the APA tax deductible?

Yes. The American Philosophical Association Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Why should I donate to the APA?

The APA’s mission is to promote the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena; to support the professional development of philosophers at all levels; and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry. Your donation goes to support that mission and allows us to take on important projects for the benefit of philosophers and the philosophical community. Donations allow us to provide grants to innovative programs, to increase our advocacy efforts, and to develop new tools and resources for members of the association and the profession. We have big goals for new programs and initiatives, especially ones that foster diversity and inclusion in philosophy, but our small budget keeps us from pursuing them all; your donation helps bridge that gap.

How do I donate to the APA?

You can donate online at the Donations page on the APA website or send your contribution by mail to the APA national office.

I’d like to send a donation to the APA by mail and need a paper invoice. How can I get one?

Members may use their yearly dues invoice for donation purposes or contact at any time for a paper invoice.

How can I donate anonymously?

If you donate anonymously, your name won’t appear on any list of donors and your gift will be treated strictly as confidential. When donating online, you’ll be prompted to indicate whether you’d like to remain anonymous. If you are donating by mail, just enclose a note stating that you wish to remain anonymous.

Do you accept stock donations? In-kind donations? Bequests?

Yes. To donate long-term appreciated securities (i.e., stocks, bonds or mutual funds), please complete a Securities Donation Information Form and we’ll contact you with instructions about how to make your donation.

For in-kind donations, such as donations of furniture, office equipment, or books, first contact and specify what kind of donation you wish to make. We will contact you to determine whether we can accept the donation and, if so, to make appropriate arrangements.

We also accept planned gifts, such as bequests. For details, contact the executive director.

How do I get a receipt for my donation?

A receipt for your payment will automatically be sent to you by email immediately after your payment has been processed. You can also retrieve your paid receipts from your membership profile after signing into the APA website (select “Manage Profile” from the right sidebar, then click “Invoices”), or you can contact for an additional copy.

Online Profile

What is my online profile and where do I go to access it?

Your online profile is your APA membership record—visible to you under the “Manage Profile” section after signing into the APA website. Your profile contains information that you have entered yourself or have otherwise submitted to the APA such as your contact information, dues and event registrations, the member groups you belong to, demographic information, and so on.

Who sees my online profile?

Your name, organization, and title are visible to all signed-in APA members. Your personal demographic information (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity) is not publicly visible. Your contact information and professional information (e.g., rank, highest degree) is visible to all signed-in members by default, but you can make this information private when editing your profile. To do so, when signed in as a member, select “Manage Profile” from the right sidebar and choose “Edit Bio.” Click the icon to the left of the item(s) you wish to make private to change visibility settings.

Member Usernames and Passwords

I can’t remember my password. How do I reset it?

On the right-hand side of the website, click on the “Forgot your password?” link. On the “Forgot your Username or Password?” page, enter the username or email address associated with your APA membership into the “Username or Email” box.

Password reset email links expire within 24 hours.

I tried to reset my password but I haven’t received the password reset email. What do I do?

If you requested a password reset email and haven’t received it within one hour, it is likely due to one of the following causes:

Reasons for not receiving the password reset email

  • The email address in the APA membership database is different from the address you have entered into the email box to reset your password.
  • The email notification went to your spam folder.
  • You are not a member of the APA.
  • Your university email system may block messages it deems to be spam before they reach users’ inboxes.

If you’re unable to reset your password using the automated system, the APA staff will be happy to assist you. Contact or call the national office at (302) 831-1112 if you experience problems.

I can’t remember my username. How do I find out what it is?

If you have forgotten your username, submit a password reset request using the instructions above. After you reset your password, your username will appear on the confirmation screen.


How do I opt in or opt out of receiving publications by mail?

After signing into the APA website, you can set your postal and email preferences by clicking on “Member Options” located under the Membership menu.

I paid my dues late and did not receive my publication(s) by mail. Can I still get copies sent to me?

APA publications are mailed in bulk by the press so single issues of earlier publications aren’t usually available. All publications appear online so you can retrieve any you’ve missed from the Publications page on the APA website after you sign in.

Member Data

How many members does the APA have? Where can I locate membership data?

Membership totals and demographic information can be found under the Membership menu on the APA website.

I need a list of philosophers who specialize in a particular field. Can I get a list of just those people?

We offer single-use mailing list rentals and promotional emails for a fee. We already provide geographically targeted lists, and hope to provide additional targeted lists, such as by specialty, soon.

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