Our multidisciplinary scientific membership provides opportunities and tools to maximize professional development, grow personal contacts, and engage with peers within the forensic science community. Our 6,500+ AAFS members represent all 50 United States and 71 other countries. Our membership is organized within 12 sections (disciplines), supplying access to valuable resources within specific areas of forensic science. Through new research, the development of new standards, and the adaptation of a modern world, our members are leading the progression of forensic science.
Nearly all AAFS members join through one of our 12 discipline-focused sections. The first step in applying for AAFS membership is to identify which section you are best suited for. The second step is to identify which status category is most appropriate.
Membership in the Academy was de riguer for graduate students in our forensic anthropology laboratory. We were expected to join, and we were expected to attend and participate in the annual meetings. I would not exchange this experience for the world. Membership in the Academy has informed my practice throughout my career. I value the collegiality, the networking, the cross pollination among sections, and the feeling of community provided by the Academy for all forensic scientists across the globe. There is no substitute for the experience, the cachet and the prestige of membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and I am honored to be a Fellow.- Laura Fulginiti, PhD
Each AAFS section provides opportunities for professional development, personal contacts, awards, and recognition. Sections may publish periodic newsletters and mailings that keep their members informed regarding activities and developments in their fields.
- Discounted registration rate for the AAFS Annual Scientific Conference
- Digital subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS)
- Discounts on educational books, video content, and other resources
- Ability to join mentorship programs
- Job opportunities and expert witness referrals
- Ability to conduct and host educational webinars
- Section and Academy leadership opportunities
- Ability to serve on Section and Academy-wide committees
- Vast networking and collaboration opportunities
- Continuing education credits
- Opportunity to apply for grants, scholarships, and award funding
Membership Statuses & Affiliations
Once familiarized with the sections of the AAFS, you can begin applying to a specific status of membership/affiliation. Please view the requirements for each status.
- Professional Affiliate
- Student Affiliate
- Trainee Affiliate
- Associate Member
- Retired Member
- Retired Fellow
Create your AAFS profile!
Even if you are not a member, you can still create an AAFS profile which enables you to apply for membership, access more resources and content, register for the annual conference, post a job, receive Academy-related updates, and more.