Admission to membership in the AOS is made through the submission of a membership application form attached to the payment of annual dues. Every student, professional or amateur, of the languages and cultures of the Orient is a valuable addition to the American Oriental Society. The addition of new members, whether university-affiliated or independent scholars, helps to perpetuate the 150-year humanistic tradition of the AOS.
There is a progressive dues structure for membership. Members residing abroad and subscribed to the print Journal volumes are assessed an additional $5 per year for international postage expenses.
Life Membership in the AOS may be entered by a one-time payment of $2,500. On occasion, Honorary Membership is bestowed by vote of the regular membership upon non-American scholars of outstanding distinction and accomplishment.
—Subscription to the Journal of the American Oriental Society, in print and/or online through a member JSTOR account.
—Annual Meeting, where formal papers offering the results of recent research are presented and discussed and opportunities for informal discussion and conversation among colleagues are galore.
—Member-exclusive discounts from two publishers:
—AOS Facebook presence for recent news.