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Membership in the Society of Family Planning is open to any qualified individual in the United States or abroad who is in good professional standing and has an interest in family planning demonstrated through post-doctoral training, a substantial clinical or laboratory practice, or academic presentations and publications within this field. This includes persons who perform clinical, basic science, epidemiologic, social science, demographic, statistical, or related types of studies. The essential criterion for selection is continuing identification with the field of family planning. Learn benefits of membership.

There are three categories of SFP membership:

Membership criteria and dues

Minimum criteria: Any qualified person (from any country) who is in good professional standing and has an interest in family planning by demonstrating post-doctoral training, a substantial clinical or laboratory practice in this field, or academic presentations or writings within this field is eligible for membership in the Society, including persons who perform clinical, basic science, epidemiologic, social services, demographic, statistical or related types of studies. The essential criterion for selection is continuing identification with the field of family planning. Every applicant for membership must be sponsored by two Full Fellows in good standing with SFP.

Membership dues: Membership dues varies with membership category and is listed below. Once you have been accepted for membership, you will be given a log-in for paying membership dues.

Junior Fellowship
Membership dues: $200/year

To be considered for membership as a Junior Fellow, an applicant must meet the minimum criteria for membership (listed above) and at least one of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (for example, MD, MPH, PhD);
  • Currently participating in a post-graduate training program (for example, residency, fellowship); or
  • Has completed a graduate degree or training program within the past five years.

SFP welcomes applicants from training or degree programs in any country.

Junior Fellowship status can begin during a graduate or post-graduate program or within five years of completion of the program:

  • If started during a graduate or post-graduate program, status as a Junior Fellow will continue during the course of the training program and for an additional five years after the completion of the training program. After the fifth year (post-training) as a Junior Fellow, if Full Fellowship criteria are not fulfilled, membership will lapse unless and until the criteria for the Full Fellow category are fulfilled.
  • If started after completion of a graduate or post-graduate training program, status as a Junior Fellow will continue for up to five years. After the fifth year, if Full Fellowship criteria are not fulfilled, membership will lapse unless and until criteria for the Full Fellow category are fulfilled.

A Junior Fellow may apply for membership as a Full Fellow at any time that he or she meets the requirements for membership as a Full Fellow.

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Affiliate Fellowship
Membership dues: $200/year

This category is for individuals from any country who are involved in family planning work and who currently do not meet fellowship requirements, such as clinicians (MDs, APCs), pharmacists, academics (professors, teachers) and staff in research support roles (research coordinators, project managers).

To be considered for membership as an Affiliate Fellow, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • At the time of application, does not meet publication requirements for Full Fellowship;
  • Is not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (for example, MD, MPH, PhD);
  • Is not currently participating in a post-graduate training program (for example, residency, or fellowship).

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Full Fellowship
Membership dues: $400/year

To be considered for membership as a Full Fellow, an applicant must meet the minimum criteria for membership (listed above) and both the authorship and presentation of knowledge requirements:

  • Authorship: one of the following:
    • a minimum of three (3) original research articles related to family planning or sexual and reproductive health in peer-reviewed journals, at least two (2) as first author; or
    • a minimum of two (2) articles and one (1) academic book chapter, all three (3) as first author.
  • Presentation of knowledge: one of the following:
    • at least one scientific abstract, oral or poster, at a SFP Annual Scientific Meeting* prior to applying for membership as a SFP Full Fellow; or
    • 15 publications in family planning or sexual and reproductive health to be submitted to and reviewed by the Membership Committee and the SFP board to judge whether the scholarly work supports induction of the Fellow.

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Emeritus Fellowship
Membership dues: $100/year

On May 1, 2009, the Board of Directors created the Emeritus Fellow status. To be considered for Emeritus Fellow status, the applicant must currently be a Full Fellow in good standing who has retired and is employed less than 50 percent of the time as a physician or researcher.

Emeritus Fellows must submit a written request to the Executive Director including the date of retirement. That request will be reviewed by the Membership Committee Chair prior to approval.

Scholar Fellowship
Membership dues: $200/year

On August 14, 2014, the Board of Directors created the Scholar Fellow status for non-MDs. To be considered for status as a Scholar Fellow, an applicant must currently be a Full Fellow in good standing and a non-MD, who does not have institutional support for membership dues and whose salary is less than $100,000/year.

Scholar Fellows must submit a written request to the Executive Director, addressing the three considerations listed above. The request will be reviewed by the Membership Committee Chair prior to approval.


*SFP Scientific Meetings are held annually as part of the North American Forum on Family Planning, produced by SFP and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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