The associate membership program is designed for anyone outside the active duty or retired Foreign Service who has an interest in diplomacy, development and the Foreign Service. We welcome members from all walks of life - students, academics, international affairs and development practitioners, Congressional staff, the general public and anyone with a passion for our work. Note that as per the AFSA bylaws, article III section 3, all applications for associate membership must be approved by the AFSA Governing Board. All those applying for AFSA associate membership will be asked to provide a statement of interest (no more than 200 words) about why they wish to join the association. Prospective members must demonstrate an "active relationship to the Foreign Service community." Note that the "associate retiree" membership category was discontinued in 2018.
Benefits of AFSA Membership
AFSA offers a variety of benefits that are exclusive to our members. Please click here to learn more about these benefits. Note that not all benefits are available to associate members.
How Do I Join?
Click here to download an associate membership application form. We ask that you please print and fill out the form and mail it (along with your statement of interest) to AFSA at:
Associate Membership Applications
American Foreign Service Association
2101 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
AFSA’s membership department stands ready to help you with any question or concern you may have. Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time, and we will do our very best to assist you:
- Ashley Baine, Coordinator, Member Relations and Events, (202) 338-4045, ext. 525
We have recently introduced a secure online web portal; we encourage you to log in for most member services – renewing a membership, joining AFSA, making a donation, changing your address, updating your information, etc. To log in to the online section of the AFSA website, visit ams.afsa.org/eweb or click on the login icon in the upper right hand corner of the AFSA website. Simply click on the pencil icon on the “My Profile” page to edit your information. IMPORTANT: AFSA members do not need to create a new account or register, only log in on the right side of the webpage. All members have existing accounts and can log in immediately. To log in for the first time, use your primary email address as your username. Use your last name in all lowercase letters as your password. You will be directed to update your password after you log in. We hope you enjoy this new member benefit. If you have any questions or would prefer to opt out please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.