How to join NASW

First, if you have not already done so, register for access to as a guest. You will then receive an email asking you to verify your registration. Once you have done that, use the "Become an NASW member now" button and select your membership type from the page that follows.

Become an NASW member now

Details, fees, and qualifications

Applicants for regular membership are required to submit five samples of work (content should be science) produced for a non-expert audience in the past five years. Clips must include the publication or airing dates for each entry. Also required are the names of two NASW members willing to endorse the application. If you need to find sponsors, try searching our Find a writer section or asking in our NASW-Talk discussion group.

Sponsors are responsible for briefly reviewing a candidate's qualifications and clips and sending a short paragraph (3-4 sentences will suffice) to attesting that the applicant's work is consistent with NASW's purpose and outlining the applicant's qualifications. Applicants are responsible for contacting sponsors who must be current NASW members. More information can be found on the application.

Student memberships are also available for those who are currently enrolled in journalism or science programs, or who are serving as reporters or editors at school newspapers. Student membership may be renewed year to year as long as the student remains enrolled in a degree-granting program. Upon completion, graduation, or if the student is no longer actively enrolled, student members must apply to become regular members. Students may retain student status during a short (6 months or fewer) transition period, i.e. between undergraduate and graduate programs. Once a student has become a regular member, the member cannot return to student status in the event of further matriculation.

Membership is based on the calendar year. Memberships are not pro-rated and expire Dec. 31, no matter the date of joining, except that memberships starting Nov. 1 or later expire on Dec. 31 of the following year.

Lapsed members may renew at anytime within two years after the last renewal. After two years of non-renewal, a member must re-apply.

Fees for new memberships (Regular memberships include discount off renewal rates):

  • Regular Member: $88
  • New Canada Member: $93
  • New International Member: $103
  • New Student Member: $20 *Special introductory rate starting May 2020*
  • New International Student: $20 *Special introductory rate starting May 2020*

NASW memberships are based on an individual credentials. Since each individual must qualify for membership on his or her own professional qualifications, we do not offer institutional memberships. Under no circumstances are memberships transferable from one individual to another.

We look forward to your application. For further information, contact:

Tinsley Davis, executive director
Organizer, NASW ScienceWriters annual meeting
P.O. Box 7905
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 647-9500

Become an NASW member now