Application Fees
General Membership Application Fee
The Board requires all applicants to pay a non-refundable application fee.
Application Fees
Fee TypesFee
General Application$99.99
Expedited Application Fee$39.99
Late Application$199.99
Membership Season
The Board opens application season up December 1st of every calendar year. Applications are considered late, after the last week of January.
Time FrameSeason
October - DecemberEarly Application
December - JanuaryOpen Application
February - OctoberLate Application
Application Reviews
The Board reviews all applications in February. All application decisions will be delivered in March.
Late Applications
Applicants who submit their applications after the deadline are considered late or out of season. Late applicants are required to pay the late application fee.

Late applications are reviewed as needed and usually take 4-6 weeks to review.
Expedited Applications
Applicants may pay a fee to expedite their applications if needed. Expedited applications usually take no more than 3 days to process.
Interested in applying?
Apply today and get ready to join the Board! 

Through your dedication and leadership you'll help shape the design and research communities and make this world a better place for practitioners, businesses, and consumers.
What happens after I apply?
Congratulations on your first step to making the world a better place for our practitioners! After you apply, the Board will vote and make a decision on your membership.

If your application is approved you will be notified by the Board and you will be given options to join as a Staff Member, Faculty Member, or Officer Member.

In some cases, the Board may appoint a membership type to you, based on your experience in the work force. For example, if you have a day job and you function as the CEO of a major corporation, the Board will appoint you as a Board Officer and you will be required to pay the fee for an Officer.

Click the link below to learn more about our Membership fees.