Membership Fees/ Dues for each of the Categories

Regular Dues: Applies to all individuals who are Fellows, Full Members or Associates. They do not qualify for a reduction in dues as described below.

Emeritus Dues: Are available to any member in either of these categories: (1) is retired and at least 60 years old, and has paid dues for the immediate preceding ten years, or (2) is retired and has paid dues for the preceding thirty years. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option.

Transitional Dues: Beginning July 1, 2012, AS&S is offering a new reduced dues rate for former students. Any member or initiate who has completed their degree within the last five years may request to pay dues at the transitional rate. This is limited to non-students for a period up to five years after graduation. Following the five-year period the member is automatically advanced to the regular member rate. Transitional dues are renewable, but must be certified annually. This reduced rate is not retroactive.

Student Dues: Are available to any full-time, degree-seeking student at an institution of higher learning. Student dues are renewable, but must be certified annually. Payment for the current year only will be accepted. Renewals will not be processed for additional years. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option. Postdocs and medical residents do not qualify for the student rate but may qualify for transitional dues (see above).

Combined Membership: Two active members of the same household may request that only one member receive AS&S magazine, thus reducing the annual dues of the other by one half. To choose this option, the primary member of a household should choose “Combined Full Rate”. The combined partner should choose “Combined Half Rate”. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option. Emeritus members wishing not to receive the magazine should choose the dues category of “Combined Emeritus”. Student members wishing not to receive the magazine should choose the category of “Combined Student”. This will prevent mailing of the magazine but will not further reduce dues.

Unemployed Members: A member who is involuntarily unemployed and is actively seeking employment, may assure active status by making a lower dues payment. Those who remit at least half of the regular annual dues will continue to receive AS&S magazine. Individuals must request to be placed on unemployed status and may do so for a maximum of two consecutive years. Payment for the current year only will be accepted. Renewals will not be processed for additional years. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option.

Young and International Scientists: May request support from a fund designed to offset dues payments for a limited number of scientists with annual incomes of less than USD$20,000. Send e-mail to membership@asciencesociety.org to request support from this fund. Payment for the current year only will be accepted. Renewals will not be processed for additional years. This option cannot be used in conjunction with a reduced dues option.

Reactivation of Membership: Any individual who has been inducted into AS&S membership and has allowed their dues to lapse may reactivate their membership at any time using the reactivation form.

Automatic Dues Payment : You can choose to have your dues automatically charged on your credit card or drafted directly from your bank account. Current year dues are processed on July 15thof each year. Members who sign-up after this date will be charged immediately and then processed on July 15th each year thereafter. An e-mail notification of the dues deduction will be sent to you after your credit card/bank account has been charged/debited. This option is not available to those paying student, transitional or unemployed member dues. Sign-up or change your current automatic payment options by using the Automatic Payment Form.

Pre-payment of Member Dues: Members are allowed to pre-pay their dues up to two additional years at the current dues rates. December 31st of each year is the cut-off date for pre-payment at the current fiscal year rates. As of January 1st of each year pre-payment can only be made at the upcoming fiscal year rates.

Initiation/Promotion Fee: For all new initiates (first-time members) and promotions, this fee covers the cost of processing and preparing a certificate of membership. Elections/promotions reported after January 1st should be assessed rates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Pre-payment of Member Dues: Members are allowed to pre-pay their dues up to two additional years at the current dues rates. December 31st of each year is the cut-off date for pre-payment at the current fiscal year rates. As of January 1st of each year pre-payment can only be made at the upcoming fiscal year rates.

Back Issue Shipping/Handling Fee: Due to the increasing cost of coordinating and mailing individual back issues of AS&S magazine to all late-dues payers, AS&S has found it necessary to institute a back issue shipping and handling fee. This fee will be added to the membership dues renewal amount for all members paying late. Late dues payments are those received after June 30 for the membership year beginning on July 1. Back issues are mailed on a monthly basis. Once back issue(s) have been generated at each month-end, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks for delivery. The back issue fee is USD$5.00.

Tax Deductibility of Member Dues & Donations: Dues paid by individuals to professional, membership, and/or fraternal organizations are considered tax deductible. If a third party business, institution, or specific kinds of trusts pay your dues, they may be tax deductible to those entities as a business expense. Financial donations to AS&S are tax deductible. It is possible that financial and/or in-kind donations this year and documentable planned gifts to AS&S could reduce your current income, capital gains, and future estate tax liabilities. For further information on these options, please contact AS&S. Because it is the Society’s goal to always act in the best interest of its members and because each individual’s financial circumstances are unique, AS&S recommends that you always seek the counsel of your tax advisor.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the administrative offices by e-mailing:

Membership, Association of Science & Society
Postal Mail Address: BJ-284, Sector-II, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, W.B., India 700 091
Telephone/ Fax: +91-33-4070-3382
E-mail: Membership@asciencesociety.org