The American Folklore Society is an international professional network serving the field of folklore, open to anyone working to understand or advance expressive cultural traditions and the communities that sustain them. Our strength lives in our members, as we work to support them, their work, and our field.

Looking for details about membership? See below

Join us

Join our network! Find your people, make connections, and keep track of developments in our field via our membership site.

International Sponsorship

To ease restrictions for those who live outside the United States, members can contribute to a fund for the sponsorship of international members. Your $75 contribution allows us to provide full benefits to one international member.

Submit a sponsorship today

Apply for a fee waiver

Why join the American Folklore Society?

Be part of the premier professional society in the world devoted to folklore. As a member of the society, you’ll get connected to our community and receive numerous member benefits. Most of our members say they belong to the Society to express their professional identity, to build professional and personal relationships, and to keep abreast of new research in folklore studies.

Plus, you’ll be eligible to receive AFS prizes, and you can make your voice heard by voting in Society elections, running for Society office, or serving as a member of one of the Society’s committees or working groups.


As a member, you can join the conversation in any of our more than 30 Sections, groups that serve as gathering places for special interests. 

AFS has been the means for me to build a professional and personal network with colleagues and friends in our field, and the Society’s activities to strengthen and communicate about our field have always multiplied the value of my personal work.

Tim Lloyd

AFS Membership Categories and Dues

AFS members pay dues on an annual basis; automated and/or monthly payment options are available through our Member Portal. Check payments can be mailed to: American Folklore Society, 800 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Dues Rates

  • Regular: $135
  • Retired: $105
  • Independent or Contingent: $105
  • (members of this type are encouraged to join the Independent Folklorists’ Section)
  • New Professional: $90
  • (within 5 years of a professional degree or otherwise new to the profession)
  • Underwaged: $55
  • Student: $55
  • (applicants must include a photo of their student IDs or other proof of student status)
  • Life: $2700 (one-time payment)

Section Membership

You can manage your participation in AFS Sections when you join or renew your AFS membership. You can also choose to pay section dues at any time, or make a contribution to a section.

Need financial support?

Complete this form to apply for a membership dues fee waiver.

If Annual Meeting registration fees might prevent your participation in the conference, there are also options for Annual Meeting financial support.

Prefer to join on paper?

Contact us for a printable form that can be mailed in with your payment.

Looking for your receipts?

Sign in to access records of your previous membership dues payments, donations, and other order history (including AFS Section dues paid through the store, and Annual Meeting registration fees).

Questions about membership? Contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 812-856-2379.