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Join the effort to promote social and behavioral science research by becoming a member of COSSA today!

As a COSSA member, your organization/institution will receive:

  • COSSA’s biweekly policy newsletter, the COSSA Washington Update.
  • Timely, members-only updates on policy developments or other unique opportunities for social and behavioral science researchers.
  • Action alerts when your organization’s grassroots participation is needed.
  • COSSA’s annual in-depth analysis of the President’s budget request, which also serves as a catalog of federal social science agencies and initiatives.
  • Discounted registration rates for the COSSA Annual Meeting and Social and Behavioral Science Advocacy Day events.

In addition, your organization/institution will be part of a broad community advocating for shared goals and enjoy access to COSSA expertise for timely policy information.

COSSA membership is institutional and includes two main categories: Governing Members and Non-Governing Members.

Governing Membership

Governing membership is intended for associations in the social and behavioral sciences that are comprehensive in scope, are membership societies that represent research scholars, have rotating leadership, and are 501(c)(3) corporations. “Comprehensive” associations are expected to have following characteristics:

  • They are a national association for the discipline or field.
  • They represent a relatively large number of the professional scholars in their discipline or field as measured by membership, meeting size, or similar indicators.
  • They have the resources to act in support of COSSA goals and initiatives.

Governing Member associations each have one (1) seat on the COSSA Board of Directors and are involved in the overall governance of the organization.

New Governing Members are voted into the association by a vote of the Board of Directors. Dues are calculated by a per-member multiplier.

Contact the COSSA Executive Director to inquire about membership at the Governing Member level.

Non-Governing Membership

Non-Governing categories of COSSA membership include: Membership Organizations, Centers & Institutes, and Colleges & Universities. The current list of Non-Governing Members can be found here.

Dues for Membership Organizations and Centers & Institutes are based on an organization/institution’s size and/or composition of social and behavioral scientists represented.

Dues for Colleges & Universities are based on the amount of annual federal grant funding received for social and behavioral science research according to federally-collected data:

dues structure

Contact the COSSA Executive Director to inquire about Non-Governing membership.