APSIH Membership consists of the following six categories:
- Regular Member
Regular members must have one of the following two qualifications.
Full-time faculty with doctoral degrees and those in the fields of Architect or Law with terminal degrees from institutions recognized by Council for Higher Education who are engaged in educational, or scientific research activities These individuals should be employed by educational institutions accredited by Council for Higher Education, offering at least a bachelor degree or equivalent.
Full-time researchers holding doctoral degrees or equivalent from institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education, who are engaged in non-educational research and scientific organizations.
- Associate Members:
Associate members are part-time professors and scholars with a doctoral degree or equivalent from institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education, engaged in universities or other accredited institution of higher education. Associate members can vote but cannot run for a Board position.
- Emeritus Regular Members:
Emeritus regulars members are APSIH regular members officially retiring from academic or research organizations who would continue with their voting rights and may run for a Board position.
- Young Scholars:
Young Scholars are Graduates with doctoral or post-doctoral degrees recognized at APSIH graduation events. These members need to update APSIH one year after joining the organization about their employment status at which time the membership committee may consider options including a change of status to the regular or associate category. Young Scholars have voting rights but may not run for a Board position.
- Doctoral Student Members:
Doctoral student members are Ph.D. students or post-doctoral fellows studying in North American universities. These members need to update APSIH every year after joining the organization about their education/employment status at which time the membership committee may consider options including continuation or change of status of their membership. Students do not have voting rights and may not run for a Board position.
- Honorary Members:
APSIH may recognize academicians and research scientists of Iranian Heritage with significant contributions to the community at large for the prestigious designation of an Honorary Member.