Individual membership

The Royal Society of New Zealand has recently changed its membership structure. Current Members may be interested in information about the transition to the new structure. If you’re interested in becoming a Member, you can read about the Society’s membership structure below.

If you’re ready to apply to become a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, you may like to head straight to the join page, where you’ll find Member FAQ and a link to our New Member Join online portal.

Member or Friend?

If your primary interest is in supporting or attending the Society’s public programme of lectures and events, discounts on tickets and other offers, consider becoming a Friend of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

If you’re actively working or studying (or have worked) in science, technology or humanities, we encourage you to apply to become a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Membership classes

The Society has three classes of membership available by application:

  • Professional Member (MRSNZ)
  • Associate Member
  • Student Member

Choose the membership category that best suits you, using the information below as a guide, or email membership@royalsociety.org.nz for more information.

Eligibility

Professional Member (MRSNZ)

Only Professional Members (including those with Retired or Early Career Researcher status) are entitled to use the post-nominal initials MRSNZ (Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand).

Professional Members must be able to demonstrate competence to undertake independent research practice.

Eligibility for Professional membership may be demonstrated by:

  • PhD qualification or equivalent, plus subsequent independent research activity; or
  • Master’s qualification or equivalent, and demonstrated independent research activity (normally 3 peer-reviewed publications drawn from the subsequent research); or
  • Bachelor’s degree (Level 7 tertiary qualification), plus demonstrated independent research activity (normally 5 peer-reviewed publications drawn from the subsequent research); or
  • Other forms of evidence that demonstrate research independence, subject to the satisfaction of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Applications for Professional membership must include contact details (name and email address) of a referee who can attest to the applicant’s eligibility for membership of the Society. For more details about eligibility, refer to the Society’s General Rules (Rule 2.1.2, and Procedures and Schedules).

Annual subscription for Professional Members is $180. Retired Professional Members pay annual subscription of $45 (after 75% rebate). Professional Members who qualify as Early Career Researchers pay annual subscription of $90 (after 50% rebate).

Professional Member – Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Early Career Researcher (ECR) status is available for Professional Members who qualify, and attracts a 50% rebate on the full subscription. To be eligible for ECR status, a Member must be both an active researcher and within 10 years of completing the highest research qualification held (normally a PhD), excluding parental and other forms of leave. For more details, refer to the Society’s General Rules (Rule 2.10, and Procedures and Schedules).

Associate Member

Associate Members must be able to demonstrate competence to apply the established body of knowledge in a discipline.

Eligibility for Associate membership may be demonstrated by:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Level 7 tertiary qualification) or equivalent, and work experience of no less than six months in a role in which the applicant uses the knowledge relevant to their discipline; or
  • A combination of a Level 6 qualification (or equivalent), learning through subsequent professional development, and work experience of no less than two years in a role in which the applicant uses the knowledge relevant to their discipline; or
  • Other forms of evidence that demonstrate knowledge and use of this knowledge in a discipline, subject to the satisfaction of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Applications for Associate membership must include contact details (name and email address) of a referee who can attest to the applicant’s eligibility for membership of the Society. For more details about eligibility, refer to the Society’s General Rules (Rule 2.1.3, and Procedures and Schedules).

Annual subscription for Associate Members is $120. Retired Associate Members pay annual subscription of $30 (after 75% rebate).

Retired Member

For Professional and Associate Members who are retired (no regular paid employment; occasional one-off paid activity is permissible), a 75% rebate is applied against the full annual subscription. You must be retired for the full membership year (i.e. from 1 July) to qualify.

Student Member

Student membership is available for full-time students resident in New Zealand who are currently enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school or tertiary educational institution.

For more details about eligibility, refer to the Society’s General Rules (Rule 2.1.4, and Procedures and Schedules).

Annual subscription for Student Members is $30.

Not eligible?

If you are not eligible for Professional, Associate or Student membership – or simply prefer a low-cost alternative to membership – then you’re welcome to become a Friend of the Society (annual subscription for Friends is $30). You can find more information on the Friends page.

Member benefits

Read the full list of benefits available to Members (includes a comparison with Friends).

Member rights and obligations

Members in all membership classes must abide by the Society’s ActGeneral RulesCode of Ethics, and complaints procedures.

Refer to the Society’s General Rules for full details of the Obligations on Members (Rule 2.8) and the Rights of Members (Rule 2.9).

Membership fees (apply from 1 November 2016 for new and renewing members)

The current annual membership subscriptions, with available rebates, are:

Membership Class

Subscription (full year)

Subscription after work status rebate applied

Retired

Early Career

Professional Member

$180

$45

$90

Associate Member

$120

$30

 

Student Member

$30

   

As an alternative to applying for membership, anyone is welcome to become a Friend of the Society. Friends pay an annual subscription of $30. You can find more information on the Friends page.

Annual membership subscriptions (in New Zealand dollars) include GST. The membership year commences on 1 July. For new Members, the subscription charged will depend on how far we are into the year at the time you join, to a maximum of the full annual rate.

Join now

Membership applications are now open, with the launch in January 2017 of our New Member Join online portal. Read the Member FAQ on the join page, then follow the link to the portal to start your application to join.

Current or re-joining, or not sure of your membership status?

If you have been a Member in the past, but have resigned or let your membership lapse, the simplest way to re-join is to click on the link above, to join now. As the Society’s membership structure has recently changed, this’ll give you the chance to explore the new membership options available to you.

If you’re currently a Member of the Society, you’ll be aware that we’re currently in transition from old to new membership structure. We recommend that you visit the Membership Transition page, which provides updates and information for current Members about the transition from the previous membership structure. We’ll be contacting current Members directly to advise them of options for renewing membership under the new structure.

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