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Election to IDM membership requires fulfilment of the following criteria, which vary depending upon the category of membership. In exceptional circumstances, membership may be granted to an applicant who does not meet the criteria for research productivity, but for whom there is evidence of particular academic distinction, and an especially good fit with the Institute’s research focus areas. There are four categories of membership:

1. Full 

An established researcher holding a UCT appointment.

2. Associate 

An emerging researcher holding a UCT appointment.

3. Affiliate

An established researcher holding a UCT appointment, based at UCT elsewhere than in the IDM complex.

4. Adjunct

An established researcher not employed by, or based at UCT.


Processes for election as a Member:

  1. Proposals for new IDM Members in all categories must be made by the candidate himself/herself, or by an existing (Full) Member with an accompanying Letter of Support.
  2. Proposals will be considered by the Membership Committee of the Institute chaired by the Director.
  3. Recommendations will then be made to the existing Full Membership. A two – thirds majority of the membership in favour is required for appointments in all categories.
  4. Recommendations will then be made by the Director to the Governing Board for ratification.
  5. In the case of renewals, processes for considering proposals must begin not less than 4 months prior to the completion of the term concerned.


IDM Membership application forms

IDM Membership renewal forms