SVP Member Benefits

Caenagnathid theropod metatarsals, photo credit: Thomas Holtz

SVP Member Benefits

The following are just some of the benefits you will receive as a member of SVP: 

A diverse array of membership types tailored to your needs. Check out all of our growing categories of membership here.

Unlimited access to Society publications and content:

  • Online subscription to The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP), the most widely read journal in the profession (memberships that also include print copies are available)
  • Online subscription to SVP Memoir Series (print copies included with JVP print membership)
  • Online access to all JVP online content, including supplemental data

Discounted color page charges in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

SVP Annual Meeting

  • Significantly discounted registration
  • Subsidized childcare during the meeting
  • Ethically chosen meeting locations around the world to ensure the safety of our LGTBQ+ members and pregnant members
  • Discuss groundbreaking research, participate in workshops to learn cutting edge techniques, see classic paleo localities on field trips, see old friends, forge unexpected collaborations and connections, see (or be!) the future of paleontology at student presentations in the Romer Symposium and the Colbert Poster Session, engage with others on public policy initiatives, and share in a mutual love and fascination with vertebrate paleontology

Individuals from Countries with a UN HDI Index ≤0.85

  • Institutional Membership Awards provide electronic access to everyone at an institution within a nation with a UN HDI of <0.75
  • Significantly discounted individual memberships (in order of increasing discount):
    • Regular Member – Middle-HDI Country (UN HDI of 0.85-0.55)
    • Regular Member – Developing Country (UN HDI <0.55)
    • Undergraduate/Graduate Student Member – Middle-HDI Country (UN HDI of 0.85-0.55)
    • Undergraduate/Graduate Student Member – Developing Country (UN HDI <0.55)
  • Significantly discounted registration for members in the above categories
  • Travel and research grants including the Jon C. Graff International Paleontology Award for individuals at all stages of their career to present research at the Annual Meeting and the SVP Futures Award to support summer undergraduate research projects in vertebrate paleontology by students who identify as members of underrepresented groups within their own country or globally

Students, Post-Docs, & Early Career Members:

  • Even greater discounts on both membership and Annual Meeting registration
  • Significantly discounted three-year Transitional Early Career Membership open to current Undergraduate/Graduate Student Members approaching the end of training, to serve as a bridge between academic and employment years
  • Junior Memberships for individuals 14-17 years of age
  • Eligible for student travel grants and numerous research awards and grants including the SVP Futures Award to support summer undergraduate research project in vertebrate paleontology by students who identify as members of underrepresented groups
  • Ability to apply for the AGI Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women Geoscience Graduate Students or the AGI Scholarship for Advancing Diversity in the Geoscience Profession (Note that these awards are administered through the separate American Geosciences Institute and are only open to citizens or permanent residents of the USA.)
  • Recognition of outstanding presentations through the Romer Prize and Colbert Prize, and publications through the Taylor and Francis Award
  • Very active Student & Post-Doctoral Committee (S&PLC) 
  • S&PLC Roundtable and other events at the Annual Meeting and online where students can get advice, find their community, and learn more about every aspect of careers in paleontology

Direct access to a network of nearly 2,000 active professionals, amateurs, and students distributed across the globe through the online SVP Membership Directory.

Support and networking for all careers in vertebrate paleontology, not just research:

A Proactive Government Affairs Committee: promoting and responding to issues that affect vertebrate paleontology, including research, education, preservation, and protection of paleontological resources around the world.

Award Eligibility: Membership in the society makes you eligible to apply for many of the annual SVP sponsored awards. Award applications open in early spring; refer to the SVP Website for additional information!

SVP’s membership in the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) affords society members many pass-thru benefits including: