Membership Information

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

The SESP Membership Committee invites applications for SESP membership. Applications/nominations for 2023 can be submitted until June 1, 2023. 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, but self nominations are also welcomed and encouraged. SESP members can nominate more than one individual per year. Per bylaws, membership can grow by up to 5% per year, and final decisions are made by the SESP Membership Committee.

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. i.e., individuals with 2018 degrees are now eligible for consideration).
  3. Per bylaws, successful nominees show "evidence of substantial contribution to social psychology as an empirical science; significant publication in recognized journals or books." In practice, "substantial contribution" typically represents 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 considers other forms of scholarly activity in assessing qualifications for membership. 
The Membership Committee requests he 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, they commit to pay an annual membership fee (currently $75/year). This fee provides an online subscription to Social Psychological and Personality Science, representation in FABBS (Federation of Association in Behavioral and Brain Sciences), and supports various SESP activities. Payments are due on August 1 of each year, with the membership year ending on July 31. If nominated individuals are unwilling to accept these terms, they must inform SESP at the time they are informed of their successful nomination.
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 here.