Membership Benefits
Membership Benefits


Access to the Latest Research and Developments in the Field

  • New As of January 2022, AERA will provide all members with free electronic access to its entire suite of journals.  In addition, AERA Open is a peer-reviewed open access journal.  Mailed journals can be obtained at the rate of $20 per journal per year ($10 for students). Members residing outside of U.S. pay an additional postage fee of $10 per journal.
  • JPASS available at a special discounted rate for members (Once a member, Login, go to My AERA, and see announcement on right hand side of page, “Purchase a JSTOR Subscription.
  • Member discounts on all AERA books and from other publishers.
  • AERA Online Paper Repository, an archival record of scientific presentations from 2010 forward of AERA Annual Meetings.

Networking Opportunities – Connect with the AERA Community

  • Connect with scholars and students through AERA’s 12 Divisions and over 150 Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
  • Members receive one complimentary division membership.  
  • Divisions and SIGs offer a wide range of activities including mentoring programs, webinars, networking at the Annual Meeting, newsletters, and listserv notifications about relevant conferences and opportunities, new scholarly publications, among other possible offerings.
  • Members may register for an expansive Annual Meeting at member discounted rates. The meeting provides a forum for researchers to explore and discuss the latest research. Held each spring and drawing up to 15,000 attendees, the meeting includes more than 2,400 per-reviewed sessions on a broad spectrum of topics.
  • Graduate students connect with the Graduate Student Council, the  body within AERA charged with the task to advocate for graduate students and support them for the next stages in their career. All graduate students are part of the GSC listserv and have the opportunity to take advantage of GSC programming throughout the year.

Professional Advancement

  • Professional Development and training including the Virtual Learning Center and Annual Meeting
  • Fellowship and Grant Funding
  • Members receive numerous Calls for 
    • Annual Meeting Submissions, 
    • Annual Meeting Volunteer Reviewers,
    • Research and Dissertation Grants, 
    • Education Research Service Projects
    • Education Research Conference Proposals,
    • Journal Abstracts/Papers, 
    • Journal Editors, 
    • Minority Dissertation Fellowships, 
    • Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop, 
    • Fellows Nominations, 
    • Award Nominations,
    • Annual Brown Lecture on Education Research Nominations, 
    • Congressional Fellowships, and more.
  • AERA Job Board is the premier site for education research positions. Employers connect with top candidates.

Advocacy of the Field

  • Representation on Capitol Hill. AERA works to inform decision-makers on the role of research in improving education practice and serves as an important resource for policymakers, enabling legislators to enact sound policy.
  • A strong public voice for education researchers through outreach activities such as news releases, position papers, and information relating to public or policy debates.

AERA Member Insurance Program

Members are eligible for favorable group pricing, specialized coverages, and association discounts on insurance protection from leading carriers. Plans are provided through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE), of which AERA is a member. 

Life Insurance

  • Plans underwritten by top-rated New York Life Insurance Company
  • 10-year, guaranteed level-premium term life insurance
  • Annually renewable to age 80 term life insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment

Professional Liability

  • TIE’s $1 million professional liability insurance plan for school employees for $94 per year; upgrades to add coverage for part-time education activities or to increase liability protection to $2 million are available.
  • Private practice professional liability insurance; coverage options up to $1 million per occurrence / $3 million aggregate.
  • Student professional liability insurance; $1 million in coverage only $25 a year!

Home & Auto

  • GEICO auto / motorcycle insurance
  • Homeowners / renters / condominium insurance
  • LegalShield pre-paid legal services plan and IDShield identity theft protection
  • ASPCA-endorsed pet health insurance
  • Umbrella liability insurance

Health Plans

  • Individual and group health insurance, including ACA-compliant plans, through a partnership with eHealth
  • MetLife Dental and Vision insurance plans
  • Long-term or short-term disability income protection from New York Life
  • Medicare Supplement insurance plans
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • International travel / medical plans

For any questions on membership, please do not hesitate to contact the AERA Membership Team at or call (202)238-3200.