Value of membership

The value of Federation membership

Membership with the Federation means joining an active network of members that promotes dialogue on ideas and issues critical to the public and to research communities. The Federation offers a variety of services and opportunities for participation, such as professional networking, the national Congress of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and much more. Members of the Federation benefit from:

A voice for the HSS community 

  • The Federation promotes the interests and concerns of humanities and social science (HSS) researchers to the federal government, policy makers, and the media (participation in pre-Federal Budget submissions, government policy consultations, strong media commentary presence though op-eds, blogs, etc.).
  • Members help shape the Federation’s policy priorities and share in the successes made in influencing federal policy. The Federation carries out member consultations in advance of any major policy submission, recommendation or statement.
  • After any major federal policy announcement, the Federation issues a member briefing note and/or holds a membership information session via teleconference to shed light on any new implications for the academic community. 

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.
  • A range of professional conference services provided by the Congress Secretariat, including the management of registration and financial accounts.
  • Members have access to event funding opportunities for planning Congress programs in support of shared strategic goals, such as the International Keynote Speaker Support Fund and the Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.
  • Members benefit from preferred rates for many services at Congress and are eligible to designate events for inclusion in the online calendar of events and mobile app.

Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) and Canada Prizes

  • Each year, the ASPP offers 180 Publication Grants of $8,000 and five Translation Grants of $12,000, contributing 1.5 million dollars to the dissemination of Canadian research. 
  • The Federation runs a granting program designed to assist publishers and scholars with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Big Thinking lectures

  • Big Thinking lectures showcase top Canadian research and scholarly work on topics of interest to Canada’s policy and research communities and the public.
  • Held up to six times a year, Big Thinking on the Hill lectures are delivered when the House and Senate are in session. The talks are high profile opportunities to introduce evidence from current research on the most pressing public policy issues to parliamentarians and key members in the Ottawa policy community.
  • Member organizations are eligible to host lectures in the Big Thinking on road series, which take place a number of times each year across the country.
  • The Federation also hosts virtual Big Thinking lectures, bringing the famous series to broader Canadian and international audiences.


  • Members are plugged into the broader national scene, and receive a monthly Communiqué that contains a wealth of information about the Federation’s activities at the federal level, Federation member and partner news, as well as links to information of importance to the HSS community.
  • The Federation engages actively with the media year-round, to help scholars’ voices reach policymakers, policy influencers and the Canadian public. In these efforts, the Federation prioritizes members, occasionally inviting members to author or co-author media stories on topics the Federation pitches for placement in national media outlets.
  • In the weeks leading up to each Congress, member organization research is pitched to hundreds of national and regional media outlets in a complex pitching process that results in significant pickup and coverage every year.
  • The Federation is active on social media, helping to generate valuable conversations about issues of importance to the HSS community.
  • Members are given priority consideration as guest bloggers on the Federation blog, which is published twice monthly and addresses a range of priority HSS issues and challenges.

Professional services for scholarly associations

  • Online membership management software upon request
  • Insurance programs: Directors and officers liability, errors and omissions
  • Consultations on administrative matters such as charitable status, liability insurance and not-for-profit management best practices