Institutional Membership

Being 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.


APPAM Institutional Memberships are available to schools, foundations, government agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and research organizations that contribute to the advancement of the public policy field.


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APPAM membership ensures that you and your students or colleagues are on the cutting edge of policy analysis and management issues that affect all policy scholars.

APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. Founded in 1979, APPAM hosts annual research conferences, publishes a top academic journal, presents several achievement awards, administers fellowships for underrepresented students and new professionals, and creates networks of scholars, students, and institutions to foster engagement and the exchange of information.

Be part of this vibrant and active community! Below you will find additional information on the many benefits an APPAM institutional membership has to offer. You can also download this Institutional Member Infographic (PDF)  to share with your institution.


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The ability to nominate persons for the APPAM Ph.D. Dissertation Award and recognition in various APPAM publications.

 Job Board and Interviewing, 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.

Institutional Members are eligible to have job opportunities posted directly on the APPAM website. This Job Listing is consistently within the top 10 visited pages. Email for the way to get your job posted.

Institutional Members can also interview for and hire job candidates at the APPAM Fall Research Conference through complimentary participation in the APPAM Policies in Position (PIP) program. More information below. 

Member Forums & Special Events

The opportunity to host APPAM Institutional Member Forums and to host International Conferences.

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."

Institutional Members are eligible to co-sponsor these resources. Email Ryan Martz at  rmartz for participation and sponsor information.

Policy Newsletters

All institutional members receive dedicated monthly newsletters.


Fall Research Conference Opportunities for Institutional Members

Job Listings and Interview Space 

Will your organization be interviewing candidates at the APPAM Conference? Let us take care of the space!

Many institutional members use the Fall Research Conference as a meeting place to interview potential employees. To assist our members, APPAM is pleased to announce Positions in Policy - a service to both share your open roles and connect you with possible candidates who will already be attending the Fall Research Conference.  


Post the Position

As a complimentary service to all APPAM Institutional Members, simply send us your open positions and we'll include them on our Job Listings page.  We can post both positions that will be interviewed for at the conference and those that will have a separate interview process.  To post a position, please complete this form and you will be contacted by an APPAM staff member to confirm your post. 

Arranging Interviews

In mid-August, we'll share an employer-only website with profiles and CVs of all registered attendees who are interested in interviewing for new positions at the conference.  Simply review the candidates and reach out directly to set up the interviews.  

Reserve Interview Space

We're happy to provide you with complimentary, private space for to host your interviews. There will be three interview rooms at the conference that may be reserved in one-hour increments throughout the conference days.  Once you reserve the space, you have access to the room for the entire time on the date of your reservation. At the conclusion of the reservation times each day, the room will be refreshed for use by the next organization. Each organization may reserve up to three time slots. Interview space will be available for reservations on August 3, 2020.

For more information on Positions in Policy, please review our FAQs for Employers and Job Seekers.

PhD Program Fair

Given the success of past PhD Program Fairs, APPAM will once again host the Fair at this year’s conference in DC.  The Fair is open to any policy PhD program that is interested in sharing details of their program with conference attendees, though space is limited and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis.  Each space includes a six-foot, draped table with two chairs.  Please submit all space requests no later than September 25, 2020.  Space is complimentary for APPAM Institutional Members and $150 for non-members.

The PhD Program Fair will be held on Friday, November 13th, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm.  A program representative is required to staff the booth for the full event time.  The event is open to all student attendees not currently enrolled in a PhD program as well as any attendee who does not have a doctorate degree.  A complimentary light lunch will be available to all attendees and program representatives.

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Affiliate Reception

If your institution is interested in hosting a reception or meeting during the conference and would like to utilize space in the hotel, please complete the form below.  APPAM will assign all space based on expected attendance and order of request. Organizations will arrange all room set up, catering, and AV orders directly with the hotel once space has been assigned.  Please be aware that space will only be available in the evening of Friday, November 13th.
IMPORTANT:  To reserve space for an affiliate reception, please fill this form and return to Tristanne Staudt at  If you have questions, please call 202.496.0130. Please submit your form by July 31st.  Space will be assigned after the deadline and communicated to you for marketing purposes.  Should the size of your event change, APPAM reserves the right to reassign your event to a room that is closer to expected attendance, based on final RSVP numbers. 

  • The APPAM Presidential Address is on Friday, November 13th from 5:00 – 6:30 pm and is followed by the Presidential Reception from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Receptions may not begin before 6:30 pm. 
  • You will be assigned space for your reception by APPAM. A Washington Marriott Wardman Park Catering Representative will send menus with a request for your food and beverage order once you room has been assigned.  All billing will be handled by Washington Marriott Wardman Park.
  • APPAM will print an announcement of your reception for free in the final conference program book, as long as you grant permission on the provided form.

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Complimentary Professional & Student Memberships

Institutional Members receive one complimentary Professional Membership for the organization’s institutional representative. This representative participates on the APPAM Committee of Institutional Representatives.

In addition, academic institutions receive 20 free Student Memberships annually. Non-academic institutions receive five free Professional Memberships for junior staff.

Email to set up these memberships.

Discounted Sponsor Opportunities

Institutional Members are guaranteed discounted conference sponsorship opportunities. Review the 2020 Fall Research Conference sponsorship options here.

Institutional Members-Only Conference Benefits

institutionParticipationGraphicInstitutional Members enjoy exclusive opportunities during the Fall Research Conference, such as complimentary interview space, affiliate reception space, access to the policy PhD program fair, and discounted sponsorship opportunities.

These members also have the opportunity to host  APPAM Institutional Member Forums and  International Conferences.

 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.

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.

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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.

Networking Events

Members receive complimentary registration for the many  member forums and networking events held throughout the year.

Voting and Nominations

Participation in APPAM Governance activities depends on the membership type:

  • Professional Members have voting privileges in all APPAM elections, are eligible for nomination to the Policy Council, and can nominate colleagues to the Policy Council.
  • Institutional Members can nominate persons for the APPAM PhD Dissertation Award. The Institutional Member Representative receives voting privileges as a Professional member.
  • Student Members are non-voting members. Student members may be nominated for the Policy Council as a Student Representative, and to the Student Advisory Committee.

Membership Dues & How to Join


APPAM defines an "institutional member" to be an entire organization, not any specific unit within an organization that might pay the annual institutional dues. Multiple units within an organization may share the dues payment for the organization and each unit may name its own representative, and have separate listings in the APPAM institutional membership directory.

Institutional membership dues are payable in January of each year.

Please note that institutional membership does not include individual membership benefits for all persons employed at an APPAM institutional member. In order to enjoy individual membership benefits, the institution must set up the complimentary memberships, or an individual can join as a professional member.

To view all Membership types in detail,  please click here

IInstitutional Membership: $2,300/year, payable in January

To join, download the institutional membership application. Please email with any questions or to renew your Institutional Membership.