Student Membership


Student membership offers unique benefits to those in academia including networking with over 5,000 members, access to leadership and professional development opportunities, and scholarships to attend AEA meetings.

Student membership* also includes:


  • Membership includes access to AEA’s 50+ Topical Interest Groups (TIGs). Each TIG offers a professional community of colleagues who share similar interests and professional focus. In particular, the Graduate Student and New Evaluator (GSNE) Topical Interest Group is a community for graduate students, new evaluators, interested faculty, and recent graduates to connect, network, and advance relevant opportunities in AEA.
  • EVALTALK is an exclusive, member-only evaluation-focused discussion forum and a key resource for communicating with other evaluators with diverse backgrounds.


  • Students receive a special discounted rate at AEA's Annual Evaluation Conference, featuring renowned evaluation speakers, interactive workshops, hundreds of concurrent educational sessions, and dozens of posters, connecting you to thought leaders in the field.
  • The Summer Evaluation Institute offers professional development workshops for evaluators, applied researchers, grant-makers, foundation program officers, nonprofit administrators, and social science students.

Professional Development

  • AEA members enjoy free access to industry job postings via AEA's Career Center. In the Career Center, you can upload your resume, search for job openings, and subscribe to tailored job alerts.
  • The Digital Knowledge Hub provides access to free, member-only Coffee Break webinars special pricing on our in-depth eStudy courses, which provide expert guidance on top-of-mind evaluation topics, and on-demand courses such as Evaluation 101 allow you to learn on your own schedule.
  • The Graduate Education Diversity Internship provides paid internship and training opportunities to engage and support students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation.
  • The Student Evaluation Case Competition is an opportunity for a team of students and coaches to analyze a case and develop an evaluation plan for an organization facing a contemporary issue.

Industry Resources

  • The American Journal of Evaluation (AJE), the leading peer-reviewed quarterly journal, publishes original papers about the methods, theory, ethics, politics, and practice of evaluation.
  • New Directions for Evaluation (NDE), a quarterly sourcebook, publishes works on all aspects of evaluation, with an emphasis on presenting timely and thoughtful reflections on leading-edge issues of evaluation theory, practice, methods, the profession, and the organizational, cultural, and societal context within which evaluation occurs.
  • AEA365 is a daily blog sponsored by AEA full of relevant tips, resources, and topics written by and for evaluators.

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*Individuals must be enrolled in a degree program. Qualifying student should be taking at least 6 credit hours (undergraduate degree) or 3 credit hours (graduate degree) per semester or comparable credits in a quarter system. Student membership is available for up to six years per degree. AEA reserves the right to request status documentation.

Questions? Contact AEA's Membership team via email or 202.367.1166.