Qualification for Membership and Application Procedure

Membership in the IAU is open to countries (National Membership) and individuals (Individual Membership). The procedures for submission and approval of applications in the two categories are described in the IAU Working Rules (§ II and III ). A brief summary of the procedure for seeking nomination for IAU Individual Membership is given below.

  • IAU Individual Membership. Nomination of a candidate residing in a National Member country

    As a rule, Individual Membership in the IAU is open to scientists with a PhD or equivalent in a branch of astrophysics.

    An Individual Member can be admitted to the IAU by the Executive Committee at the IAU XXIX General Assembly (August 2015) on the basis of a proposal for nomination from the National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) in their home country or in their long-term residence country (when no NCA exists in that country, through the Adhering Organization in that country).

    Individuals applying for nomination for IAU Individual Membership should contact the NCA in their home country or in their long-term residence country (when no NCA exists in that country, through the Adhering Organization), before 1 December 2014. (n.b. for the US the the deadline will be at an earlier date. Please see http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/IAU/ for further information.)

    An application to an NCA or Adhering Organization for nomination of Individual Membership shall include the full name, date and place of birth, and nationality of the candidate; postal and electronic addresses; the University, year, and subject of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree; the current affiliation and occupation, and the IAU Division(s) and/or IAU Commission(s) which the candidate wishes to join, plus any additional information required by the NCA or Adhering Organization.

    The deadline for proposals to be submitted to the IAU Secretariat by NCAs (or Adhering Organizations) for nomination of Individual Membership, to be considered at the IAU XXIX General Assembly (August 2015), is 1 March 2015 .

    IAU Individual Members do not pay dues to the Union.

  • IAU Individual Membership. Nomination of a candidate residing in a non-Member country

    Nomination for IAU Individual Membership by a qualified astrophysicist residing in a country which is not National Member of the IAU can be applied for by contacting the NCA or Adhering Organization in a neighbouring IAU National Member country, following all instructions and deadlines given above, or by contacting one of the IAU Division Presidents.



(updated 20 September 2012)

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