Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our membership options.

Why are there several categories of individual membership?

Chatham House offers two categories of individual membership: Full Membership and Associate Membership.

The discounted options you see (Student Membership and Under 30 Membership) are concession rates offered on Full Membership. To be eligible for one of these concessions you must either be a student or recent graduate* or under 30 years of age.

*If the university you attend or recently attended has an Academic Institutional Membership at Chatham House, you are eligible for a further discount to the Student Membership. To apply for the AIM Student concession, you will need to contact the Individual Membership team.

What is the difference between the membership categories?

Full membership offers unlimited registration to our members events, subscriptions to The World Today magazine and International Affairs journal, access to our online resources and webinars, access to our Library and eLibrary and regular emails to update you on our recent work.

Those benefiting from one of the concession rates receive everything available to full member.

Associate membership is ideal for those living outside London or with little time to visit Chatham House. Members in this category have access to all of membership’s online features, including participation in online event series, webinars, curated event multimedia and online subscriptions to our publications. In addition Associate Members have full access to our eLibrary and more than 2000 electronic resources including JSTOR and Newsbank.

Which membership is right for me?

To access the maximum features on offer to individual members, we would recommend you consider full membership. Please keep in mind that discounts to the full membership subscription amount are available if you are a student or recent graduate* or if you are under 30 years of age.

Associate membership is suitable for those with limited time to attend members events or visit the library, for example those working or living outside of the UK.

Can I buy membership for someone, or recommend them?

Yes you can. If you are a member of Chatham House, you will receive a 10% discount on your renewal for every redeemed membership up to a maximum of 50%. Learn more about gift membership or refer a friend via your member dashboard.

How do I apply for membership?

You can apply by selecting your preferred membership option online and proceeding with the ‘apply now’ button.

The online form will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete and will require applicants to complete a personal statement of approximately 150 – 250 words (details are included on the form).

Can I change my membership during the year?

Yes you can. We are happy to amend your category if at any point you feel your personal circumstances would better suit an alternative type of membership to the one you have. Please note you will be charged or refunded the necessary difference when a membership category change takes place.

Can I cancel my membership at any point?

If you cancel within the two-week election period (i.e. the period of time that your membership application is being reviewed before your official welcome) you are eligible for a full refund. For more information on cancellations and refunds after this time, please see our terms and conditions.

How long is the membership?

Membership is an annual subscription and members are sent reminders when their membership is due for renewal.

Can I attend all the events by becoming a member?

As a full member you are entitled to register your attendance to our members events. Associate members can register their attendance to up to two members events in their membership year.

Occasionally, if we expect a members event to be particularly popular, we organize a ballot for members to attend. Seats are allocated randomly and those members who attend are unable to register a guest.

Attendance to all other Chatham House events, for example ‘research events’ is at the discretion of the host. While attendance may be possible it is not guaranteed on the basis of membership status.

Can I pay monthly?

Members are able to pay annually or quarterly. We currently do not offer monthly membership renewals.

What is corporate membership?

Corporate membership at Chatham House enables organizations and their employees to gain deeper engagement with our research and output. This can be through support for a particular research department or project, involvement in our conferences or receiving invitations to exclusive breakfast and dinner events.

Corporate members of the institute are permitted a set number of nominees depending on their level of engagement. Nominated members of the institute benefit from the same features as individual members with additional access to our corporate events. Learn more about corporate membership.

Can I still apply individually if my organisation has corporate membership?

If your company is already a corporate member of Chatham House, you would be able to become a nominated member under their membership provided that your organization has enough allocated spaces to facilitate this.

If your organization cannot allocate you a nominee place, or if you would prefer to engage with Chatham House in a personal capacity, you are still welcome to apply to individual membership.

Please note individual membership is suitable for those who wish to access the institute’s output in a personal capacity rather than as representatives of any organization.

Accordingly, payment of the subscription is the responsibility of the named individual and Chatham House is unable to discuss an individual membership with any third-party organization.

Chatham House will not accept any more than four individual members from the same workplace. Where several individuals from one workplace wish to become members, we recommend corporate membership.

You can find out more about corporate membership here and also find the list of current corporate members of Chatham House.

Who can I contact about membership?

For any questions on individual membership, please email the individual membership team or phone +44 (0) 20 3404 4550 (option 1).

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