Membership Information

The portal for membership nominations for 2022 is now closed. New members will be informed of their admittance in July. The membership portal for 2023 will open in Spring 2023

Membership in SESP is open to all social psychologists. The Membership Committee reviews applications once each year, typically in the spring. Applications for 2022 can be submitted until *June 1, 2022.* New members will be announced in summer.

Membership in SESP is
open to any self-identified social psychologist, regardless of disciplinary affiliation. One can be nominated by a current member of SESP. Alternately, self nominations are welcomed and encouraged. Nominations are reviewed by the SESP Membership Committee, and membership can grow by up to 5% per year.

The primary criteria for membership are:

  1. Nominees must identify themselves as social psychologists
  2. Nominees must be at least five years post-Ph.D. (based on the year rather than the date of the degree)
  3. Successful nominees typically show "evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology as an empirical science; significant publication in recognized journals or books" (quoted from the bylaws). In practice, "evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology" represents an expectation of at least five papers published on social psychological topics in journals or books, with at least three with the candidate as first author. These rules are flexible, serving as guidelines to help nominators decide whether a nomination is likely to be successful. The Membership Committee may consider other forms of scholarly activity in assessing qualifications for membership. 
The Membership Committee will consider the following materials:
(a)  A letter addressing the criteria for membership and identifying two publications as representative of the quality of the candidate's work (please title the letter "applicant last name-rec.docx")
(b)  The candidate's CV (titled "applicant last name-cv.docx")

It is not necessary to submit copies of articles.

Announcement of new SESP members will occur in July. 

Once individuals are admitted as members, the annual membership fee is $75, which includes an online subscription to Social Psychological and Personality Science, and representation in FABBS (Federation of Association in Behavioral and Brain Sciences). Dues payments will be requested by August 1 of each year, with the membership year ending on July 31.
Additional questions about SESP or the membership process should be directed to the Executive Officer at

The nominee’s email address, CV, and nomination letter (labeled "applicant last name-cv.docx" and "applicant last name-rec.docx) can be submitted to the following portal, once open:

Nominations can be submitted