Student Memberships and Benefits


AnchorAnchorBeing a member of APPAM is more than attending a conference.


It is a highly-experienced network of academics, researchers, practitioners, and students.


It is being on the cutting edge of policy analysis and management topics that affect everyone engaged with research.


It is a community dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in the field.

Professional Development and Education

individualParticipationGraphicFall Research Conference Student Programming

APPAM hosts a series of student sessions at the Fall Research Conference that feature experts from a variety of professional fields to provide students with advice on their careers, both as students and after graduation. Past sessions have included tips for grant writing, presentation skills & data visualization, and bridging the gap between graduation and policy practice.

Job Board, a job board hosted by APPAM, ASPA, and NASPAA, is the source for professional jobs in the public sector - government, nonprofits and NGO's, consulting, and academia - and for advice and information about public service careers.

Mentor Matching Program

Student Members are eligible to participate in the Fall Research Conference Mentor Matching Program. The program began in 2016 by the APPAM Student Advisory Committee as a means to better serve the APPAM student member population. What started out as an informal speed mentoring program has now grown to dozens of one-on-one mentor/mentee pairings between policy academics, researchers, and practitioners and student members.

studentProgramsGraphicWhile these pairings have historically only connected during the APPAM Annual Fall Research Conference, we are now expanding the program beyond the Annual Fall Research Conference. We are encouraging both students and professional members to apply to the program to connect and expand their professional networks throughout the year and beyond.

Podcasts & Webinars

All members have access to our library of professional development podcasts and webinars. Topics include tips for presenting at academic conferences, interview prep, faculty position negotiation, and deep-dives on policy "hot topics."

Regional Student Conferences

These conferences provide PhD and Master's Student Members an opportunity to present their research in front of professors, practitioners, and other students to gain research presentation experience.

Showcase Your Research

APPAM is always on the lookout for great member research to highlight! We can help you promote your recent work via social media, the monthly Update newsletters, and on the APPAM blog. Email Ryan Martz at for more information.

We also encourage all members to submit work to these APPAM academic conferences: the Fall Research Conference, the International Conference, the Regional Student Conferences, and the rotating Spring Conference.

Update Newsletter

Students receive a dedicated Update newsletter monthly.

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Save with APPAM

Diversity & Inclusion FellowshipstudentMembersGraphic

Student Members are eligible to apply for this fellowship which covers the travel and participation costs at the Annual Fall Research Conference.

Registration Discounts

Student Members are eligible for reduced registration rates for all APPAM conferences including the Fall Research Conference and the International Conference.  

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM)

All members receive a complimentary subscription to JPAM. This includes digital access to JPAM Online with additional search and advanced article release features.

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Community of Peers


We strive to provide our members with access to a broad collection of tools, content, practical resources, and a smart and vibrant community of peers via the E-List Member Forum Communities. These groups serve as a platform to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in  ongoing conversations.

Membership Directory

This members-only institutional and individual member database allows you to search for colleagues based on location, research topic, and member type. Did you meet someone at the last conference you attended? Many members build future research collaborations by connecting via the directory.


Student members are invited to attend members-only events held throughout the year to connect with experienced policy professionals and other policy student members.

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Membership Dues

memberGrowthGraphicAPPAM bills individuals for their annual dues renewals on a monthly basis. Members receive a request to renew their membership three months before scheduled expiration. For example, if you join APPAM in March, you will receive your first renewal request the following January.

To view all Membership types in detail, please click here.

Student Membership: $40/year

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