Become a member

You can become a Federation member in one of three categories:

The Federation does not offer memberships for individuals.  

Eligibility 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. 


Download and complete the Institutional member application form, attach all relevant documentation, and submit to membership@federationhss.ca.


Eligibility 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.

Download and complete the Association member application form, attach all relevant documentation, and submit to membership@federationhss.ca.


Eligibility for affiliate membership:

  • 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.

Download and complete the Affiliate application form, attach all relevant documentation and submit to membership@federationhss.ca.

Selection process 

All membership applications are reviewed for recommendation by the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.

Stay active 

The Federation offers members meaningful opportunities to connect, grow, collaborate, and learn. We encourage all members to explore our value: the host of services and opportunities we offer to build ties with our community of researchers across Canada. 

Share experiences and best practices with other members. Contribute to the Federation’s efforts to influence policy that affects research (e.g., expert panels, policy dialogues, committee appearances, media work). 

Volunteer as your scholarly associations' representatives to the Board of Directors. Seek election to the national Board of Directors, a prestigious two-year not-for-profit governance appointment.

Stay connected

Is there new leadership in your organization? Have you moved or changed your website location? Please, let us know. 

The Federation asks all members to update annually their general information. This allows us to be more effective in our communication while better supporting our community. 

If your circumstances have changed, contact membership@federationhss.ca.  

Cancelling and returning memberships

Members cancelling their membership with the Federation may reapply under certain conditions. For more information, contact membership@federationhss.ca.