The AAA provides exclusive opportunities for new and recent graduates of Department Services Program (DSP) Partnerships to be nominated by their department chair, or to self-nominate, to receive a complimentary one-year membership. This complimentary membership is a benefit of DSP Partnerships. This initiative began in 2017 as an effort to ensure that recent graduates had access to professional development resources. Since then, ~40 graduates per year have been nominated by their departments.
What happens after the complimentary year ends? The membership will automatically transfer to the "professional" category.
Who pays the membership dues for the new graduate? The membership is complimentary and the dues are waived for both the AAA and section dues.
Are sections sponsoring the new graduate? AAA sections are not sponsoring the new graduate.
If I receive this complimentary membership after I obtain an MA/MS, can I receive it again if I obtain a PhD? You may only be awarded the New and Recent Graduate Program complimentary membership once.
Can I postpone the complimentary membership to a future date? Membership activation may not be delayed or postponed to a future date, and is in effect immediately upon approval.
What if the recent graduate's degree isn't specifically in Anthropology? If the degree was obtained under an active DSP Partnership, their degree doesn't have to specifically be in Anthropology, but can be one of the four subfields or joint areas.