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Find your professional home in a diverse physics community and actively engage in scientific education, research, and advocacy.
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Why join APS?

Grow your professional connections while staying informed about the latest news and research.

Meet with researchers worldwide, shape the field's future, and engage with others in your specialty.

At every career level, APS membership gives you access to job boards, mentorship, and more.

Get subscriptions to APS's journals to showcase your research.

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Through APS units, you can find other physicists who share your areas of interest and expertise within physics or who are working in your region.

Find the membership option that's right for you

Meet your goals for advancing in physics, whether you're a student or a scientist at any career level. APS is excited to welcome you into our international physics community.

If you are joining APS for the first time, you will need to create a MyAPS account to get started.

Learn more about eligibility and dues

Regular membership

Open to all science professionals and physics enthusiasts

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Early career membership

Open to science professionals up to five years after they have received their final degree

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Life membership

With a one-time fee, you can join APS as a lifetime member, which includes free life membership in one division or topical group.

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Special membership types

Subsidized dues for students, seniors, unemployed individuals, and others who qualify

Special member categories

Join APS and connect with other physicists at your educational and career level and in your region. APS offers special membership categories for students, as well as scientists who may be retired or who live and work outside the United States.


To support the next generation in physics, APS provides special memberships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Senior scientists

Open to current, qualifying APS members, senior membership is an opportunity for retired physicists to remain engaged with the community.

Scientists outside the United States

We offer reciprocal memberships and free memberships for physicists in less-resourced countries

APS membership options

APS membership is open to all science professionals and physics enthusiasts. We offer generous discounts for students, early-career, and unemployed scientists, among others. Lifetime and senior membership options connect you to the physics community through your career and beyond.

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Joining APS connects you to other students, mentors, funding opportunities, and ways to advance your education and career in physics.

APS offers membership dues at rates to fit a variety of circumstances and career levels.

Connect with your community

Network and collaborate with other physicists who share your research interests and career paths, as well as with other physicists in your geographic area of the United States. APS is excited to advance your passion for physics and can connect you to others in your specialty or areas of interest.

APS Chapters

APS chapters support graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists at their colleges, universities, and national laboratories.

Inclusive Physics

We're committed to fostering a welcoming physics community where everyone passionate about science can succeed.

Industrial Physicists

Connect with others studying and working in the fields of aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, software, biophysics, and more.


Connect with others who share your special interests in physics, advance your career, find mentorship opportunities, and more.

APS Membership

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  • 50,000

    to connect with and grow your network.

  • 50

    units, chapters, and other interest groups to join.

  • 19,000+

    Journal articles published in 2021.


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APS publications are a trusted source of peer-reviewed research, in-depth articles, current news, and topical commentary about physics and its place in the world.

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We're advancing physics to benefit humanity.

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Unleash the power of physics, educate the next generation, and strengthen the physics community. Make a lasting impact by volunteering with APS.

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Discover the benefits and services available to you as a current APS member.

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If you embrace scientific discovery, truth and integrity, partnership, inclusion, and lifelong curiosity, this is your professional home.