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Individual Benefits of ASA Membership

All of the benefits below will begin January 1 and will conclude December 31 each year.

• Discounted ASA Annual Meeting registration fee
• Gratis print and digital subscription to African Studies Review (ASR) (to be requested by October 31)
• Gratis digital subscription to History in Africa (HIA), an annual journal
• Discounted print subscription to History in Africa (add by May 15 at checkout for +$59)
Digital subscription to the ASA News biannual newsletter
• Access to the complete ASA News Archive via Cambridge University Press
• Access to the Annual Meeting Session Recording Archive
• Access to job postings and professional development opportunities
• Access to regular, Members-Only virtual events
• Listing in the ASA Specialist Directory (once profile is filled out)
• Listing in the ASA Online Membership Directory (personal contact info included for those opted in)
• Eligibility to win the ASA’s Advocacy Travel Award
• Eligibility to vote in the Board of Directors elections (including the ESN Board Rep)
• Eligibility to serve on ASA Committees
• Eligibility to nominate individuals for the Distinguished Africanist Award and ASA Presidential Fellows
• Announcements via the ASA News
• Increased mentorship/mentee opportunities

Institutional Membership Benefits:

All of the benefits below will begin January 1 and will conclude December 31 each year. Download our Institutional Membership information in PDF.

• Up to 10 individual memberships, with a requirement that 50% of those support Emerging Scholars.** All memberships will receive full ASA individual benefits.
Institutional Specific Benefits Include:
Automatic membership to the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP)
• Visiting Scholars: First right of refusal to host an ASA Presidential Fellow
• A right to first proposal for topics/scholars to lead Members-Only Sessions throughout the year, hosted and promoted by the ASA
• Listing in ASA Institutional Members Guide
• Two gratis job postings per calendar year
• One gratis banner ad on the ASA Website (during any quarter of the Institution’s choosing)
• 25% Discount on Full Page Annual Meeting Program ads (booth packages excluded)
• Gratis print subscription to the biannual ASA Newsletter (single US address must be provided)
• Institutional Updates and Announcements via digital network

**If your organization does not have emerging scholars the institutional membership may be applied to relevant junior team members, visiting scholars, or other affiliates at the discretion of the organization.

Membership rates

African Studies Association membership is open to scholars, students, and practitioners from around the world, who have an interest in Africa. ASA membership is valid from January 1 – December 31 for the year in which it was purchased.

*The ASA defines an Emerging Scholar as in pursuit of one’s terminal degree, or within five years post completion. International Emerging Scholars residing in the following countries are not eligible based on their designation as high income: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

**The ASA defines a Sustaining Member as a membership which includes a $150 tax deductible donation within the membership fee for one year. As a thank you, the ASA offers a discounted registration and no onsite increase to Sustaining Members in their given membership year.


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