Become a member

Become a Federation member

Interested in becoming a member? Simply complete the relevant application form (see categories below), attach all relevant documentation and submit your application to membership@ideas-idees.ca.

Membership applications are reviewed for recommendation by the Board of Directors and ratified during quarterly Board meetings. The Federation’s fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31 and membership fees are invoiced annually.  

Eligibility | Active membershipStay connected |Returning membersQuestions

What type of member am I?

The Federation offers three types of organizational memberships. The Federation does not offer memberships for individuals. 

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for association membership

  • supports the vision, mission and goals of the Federation
  • has a program of activities with substantial humanities and/or social science content relating to the objectives of the Federation
  • is open to membership of individual humanists and social scientists with no restrictions other than appropriate academic qualifications
  • has a majority of members engaged in teaching or research
  • accepts the by-laws of the Federation, subject to regular amendment procedures
  • agrees to pay membership fees as set by the Federation Board of Directors
  • possesses either a constitution duly approved by the membership or a letters patent indicating not-for-profit status

Click here to download the scholarly association member application form. 

Eligibility criteria for institutional membership

  • supports the vision, mission and goals of the Federation
  • has a program of activities with substantial humanities and/or social science content relating to the objectives of the Federation
  • has received a Charter or other relevant legal permission by the relevant Canadian governmental authority to provide not for-profit postsecondary education and/or research
  • accepts the by-laws of the Federation, subject to regular amendment procedures
  • agrees to pay membership fees as set by the Federation Board of Directors

Click here to download the institutional member application form.

Eligibility criteria for affiliates

  • supports the vision, mission and goals of the Federation
  • has a program of activities related to the promotion of humanities and/or social science content relating to the objectives of the Federation
  • accepts the by-laws of the Federation, subject to regular amendment procedures
  • agrees to pay affiliate fees as set by the Federation Board of Directors
  • is not otherwise eligible for Federation membership as an institution or scholarly association

Click here to download the affiliate application form.

Make yours an active membership

The Federation offers its membership many meaningful opportunities to connect, grow, collaborate and learn. We encourage all members to make the most of our networked organization by exploring the host of services and opportunities we offer:

  • Building ties with our community of researchers across Canada
  • Sharing experiences/best practices with the membership base
  • Contributing to the Federation’s efforts to influence policy that affects research (e.g., expert panels, policy dialogues, committee appearances, media work)
  • Volunteering as the representatives to the Board of Directors in your scholarly association
  • Seeking election to the national Board of Directors, a prestigious two-year not-for-profit governance appointment.

Stay connected and keep us up to date

Have new leadership in your organization? Have you moved or changed your website location? Let us know! 

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences asks all of our members (associations, institutions, affiliates) to update their general information on an annual basis. This allows us to be more effective in our communication while better supporting our community. Contact us at membership@ideas-idees.ca if your circumstances have changed.

Returning members

Please note that members cancelling their membership with the Federation will need to reapply for membership and receive approval from the Board of directors. 

Questions?

For more information about membership or becoming a member, please contact membership@ideas-idees.ca.