Benefits of Membership

The membership of NAFA consists of fellowships advisors in higher education or non-profit organizations.  NAFA membership is limited to faculty or staff who are advising (or have advised) students on one or more grants, scholarships, or fellowships.  Members shall have access to all publications, may belong to the listserv, may participate in general membership meetings, and will receive an annual report on NAFA activities, which will include minutes from executive and general membership meetings, a detailed budget and budget narrative, dates of future meetings, and association announcements.

NAFA has approximately 450 institutional or individual members from academic institutions across the U.S.A. and Great Britain. In addition, most of the major funding agencies and programs hold affiliate memberships and actively use the NAFA Listserv for information dissemination and advice on pertinent questions. These agencies and programs also play a significant role at the NAFA biennial conferences and, often, the summer workshops.

Membership in the National Association of Fellowships Advisors is open to any college or university. Each institutional membership can include up to three individuals.

Advisors

Benefits of Membership for Advisors/Institutions include:

  • Membership on the NAFA listserv (a members-only benefit), a source for:
    • up-to-date information about program requirements and expectations
    • feedback on applicant issues, recommenders’ concerns, and technical problems in application processes
    • support from seasoned advisers and program staff in advising individual applicants and coordinating with campus committees
    • Advance notice about new programs and an opportunity to provide an insider's perspective to funding agencies and their representatives
    • Opportunities to communicate directly with funding agency representatives
    • Notices of position openings in the field
  • Invitations to regional meetings of interest to new advisers and to experienced advisers interested in exploring issues of interest to the profession
  • Discounts on future NAFA conferences and regional meetings (each biennial, held in alternate years)
  • Participation in regional, national and international seminars (this has included trips to Great Britain, Germany, China, and Korea)
  • Association with others who subscribe to the NAFA Code of Ethics
  • Access to the Members Portal on the NAFA web page
  • Discounts on future NAFA conferences and regional meetings
  • Participation in regional, national and international seminars (this has included trips to Great Britain and Germany)
  • Advance notice about new programs and an opportunity to provide an insider's perspective to funding agencies and their representatives
  • Opportunities to communicate directly with funding agency representatives
  • Association with others who subscribe to the NAFA Code of Ethics

 

Foundations

Benefits of Membership for Foundations include:

  • Membership on the NAFA listserv
  • Discounts on NAFA conferences and regional meetings
  • Participation in regional, national and international seminars
  • Opportunity to provide advance notice about new programs
  • Opportunities to provide foundation's or agency's perspectives to scholarship advisers across the country
  • Opportunity to gain a greater understanding of institutional representatives’/scholarship advisers roles and challenges
  • Wider promotion of your scholarship program(s)
  • Higher quality applicants to your scholarship program(s)Connection to, and networking among, other scholarship providers
  • Insights into new processes and procedures and how they might impact applicants
  • Association with others who subscribe to the NAFA Code of Ethics.

 

Membership Information

NAFA members should be fellowships advisors (past or present). They may be faculty or staff in a fellowships office, an honors office, an admissions office, a departmental office, and so on. The only requirement is that they are advising (or have advised) students on one or more prestigious scholarships and/or fellowships.

Individual and institutional memberships are available, for $150 and $200 respectively. Institutional members may name three individuals eligible to receive benefits, and may pay $50 for each additional individual beyond those three. Affiliate memberships ($200) are available to funding agencies and programs.

Quotes from 2012 Foundation survey: What initially motivated you or your organization to join NAFA?

“The Udall Foundation joined NAFA in 2001 as a way to publicize the scholarship and reach out to more faculty representatives. Since I joined the foundation in 2004, NAFA has been a great way to demystify the Udall and foster closer relationships with our faculty reps.” – Jane Curlin, Udall Foundation

“NAFA is very important to the Marshall Commission in terms of communication with our constituents so being a member of NAFA made sense.” – Mary Denyer, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

“I thought it would be an efficient way to make face to face contact with my institutional contact persons.” – Tom Parkinson, Beinecke Scholarship Program

"Access to large number of Scholarships Advisors - both to gain an understanding of the US context of advising and to disseminate information.” - Jim Smith, Gates Cambridge Trust

“NAFA seems like an excellent way to reach a lot of advisers in an efficient way.  Also, it helps to level the playing field by providing best practices to schools that might be new to scholarship advising.” – Tara Yglesias, Truman Foundation