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All members are required to sign the SVP code of ethics statement.  All Memberships have electronic access to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology - the most widely read journal in the profession - through the SVP website as well as voting rights with the exception of Junior Members who can not vote. Members are welcome to choose to receive a paper copy of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology as well.

Membership Type
Paper & Electronic Subscription
Electronic Only
Regular $140 $125
3 year Regular Mem $420 $375
Undergraduate/Graduate Student
$60 $50
Transitional Member - 3 year term N/A $150
Second Member N/A $60
Emeritus $25  
Developing Country* $25  
Junior no voting rights N/A $25
Contributing Member additional $100  
Sustaining Member additional $250  
 Partner Member additional $500  
 Patron Member additional $1000  


Membership Descriptions

Undergraduate/ Graduate Student Membership
Students must provide a valid university or college identification card. An advisor or authorized academic official's signature is required as well.

Transitional Member
Offers a discounted rate for 3 years to current members who are approaching the end of training to help bridge the gap between the academic and employment years.

Second Membership
For those who live in the same household as an existing member.

Emeritus Membership - $25
SVP members who are retired from formal employment and have been a member of SVP for thirty years (not necessarily continuous) may choose Emeritus Membership.

*Member from a Developing Country - $25
This category is for persons from a developing country as defined by the Least Developed Countries list created by the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. To view the current list of eligible countries, click here

Institutional Membership: A Program for Institutions of Developing Nations
To increase access to electronic-based publications and news of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) for institutions based in areas with developing economies. See the Institutional Membership Web page for more details.

Junior Membership - $25

  •  Open to individuals between 14-17 years of age (as of January 1 of the year of application).
  •  MUST transition to another form of membership upon turning 18.
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign this application and agree to the ethics statement and all membership requirements
  • Provide a 250-500 word typed personal statement stating why they are interested in becoming a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP).
  • Provide a letter of reference from a teacher, SVP Member or other person in the field of paleontology or related field. 
  • No voting rights.
  • May attend SVP annual meetings at the Student Member rate only if a parent or guardian accompanies them. The parent/guardian must be a registered attendee at the meeting (at the guest attendee rate if not a member) and attend all functions with the Junior Member.

Note: All membership types are on a calendar year basis. Dues received prior to November 9th are applied to the current calendar year. Dues paid after November 9th are applied to the next calendar year. You must be a member of the society for the current calendar year to receive meeting registration discounts. Membership fees are non-refundable.

SVP Donor Membership

By adding a donation to your membership dues, you’re helping to ensure the continuation and growth of our education and advocacy programs. Contributing, Sustaining, Partner, and Patron members are recognized in the Program Book and on signage at the SVP annual meeting. An acknowledgement of your donation and status as a Donor member will be sent to you.

  • Contributing Member $100 addtional donation
  • Sustaining Member $250 additional donation
  • Partner Member $500 additional donation
  • Patron Member $1000 additional donation


Submit applications to:

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301-634-7024
Fax: 301-634-7099

Payments made by wire transfer are subject to a $30 fee for wire transfers from U.S. banks and a $45 fee for wire transfers from banks outside the U.S.