Student and Affiliate grade - applying online

Student and Affiliate member benefits

You can:

  • access all of our publications to help with research and career development
  • subscribe to The Historic Environment Journal at a reduced cost
  • attend conference at special rates
  • receive the weekly Jobs Information Services and Training (JIST) and monthly ebulletin free of charge
  • Get discounts on products and services

For full details of our benefits please see the membership benefits page.

To apply from Germany for the accredited grades please see the Deutschland Group webpage for details

About Student and Affiliate membership

As a Student or Affiliate member you are not professionally accredited. We do not assess your technical competence and you are not expected to adhere to the Code of conduct - but we do expect you to support it and work towards it. You do not need to supply references.

You can continue as a Student member for up to one year after your graduation date regardless of your employment status. We will then automatically transfer you to Affiliate member or you can consider upgrading to be an accredited member.

If you wish to re-join CIfA at a non-accredited grade you can do so by making an online payment below and we will request further details from you. If you were previously a Student member and are no longer studying you will need to join at Affiliate grade.

How to apply on-line

You can apply to join, and pay your subscription fee for the remainder of the current financial year, at the same time using the PayPal link below. A PayPal account is not necessary, you can pay by credit or debit card and fill in your details manually.

  1. Choose the correct subscription option below

    • If you are a Student enrolled on an appropriate course, select one of the student options
    • If you are not a student, don't meet the criteria for accredited membership yet, but wish to join, select one of the Affiliate options. You will also need to pay a £5 application fee for Affiliate membership
  2. Choose whether or not you wish to receive the Historic Environment Journal

  3. Fill in your details in the boxes below and click 'pay now'.

  4. Either log in to your PayPal account, or complete your card details

  5. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal once you have made payment and this also means that we have received your application and this will be processed in due course.

  6. Once we have processed your application we will ask you to check that your details are up-to-date and ask you to sign and return the declaration form in order to complete your membership. Once we have received these documents we will send you a welcome pack, which will contain your membership card and certificate.

Please note at busier times it can take up to 2-3 weeks to process an application and send confirmation to complete your membership. If you haven't heard anything after two weeks please get in touch.

To speed up the process you can complete the Student or Affiliate application form AND make payment below. Once we have received the payment and application form we will have everything we need and we will send you a welcome pack containing your membership card and certificate

Subscription options

If you have a Euro account you will incur extra charges through PayPal. Please email subscriptions [at] if you would prefer to use an alternative payment method to avoid these charges and/or if you would like to pay in Euro.

The payment below covers the half year subscription period from 1 October 2017 to 31 March 2018

Subscription choices
Applicant name (incl. Title)
Email address

Further information

If you would prefer to pay by cheque or direct debit, please complete the Student or Affiliate application form below and either post to us with the fees or direct debit instruction, or alternatively you can email the forms to us at admin [at]

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Power Steele Building, Wessex Hall
Whiteknights Road, Earley,
Reading RG6 6DE

0118 966 2841
admin [at]