Membership info

New Membership

An information brochure on SAIP Membership benefits can be found here.

To join the SAIP, fill in the New Member Application, sign, get two physicists (not necessarily SAIP members) to propose and second the application and post the form to:

Postnet Suite 165
Private Bag X025
South Africa

Please Note: If you are unsure which of your colleagues are members of the SAIP (for purposes of proposal/seconding the application), please contact the SAIP secretary.

Upgrade of Membership

If you feel that you satsify the criteria for a membership upgrade (from either Student or Associate to Ordinary), please complete SAIP Membership Upgrade form and postto the secretary.

Joining the SAIP before the SAIP Conference

Applications to join the SAIP for purposes of receiving the member-discounts at the Annual SAIP Conferene, must reach the Secretary, at the address above before 1 April of the year of the conference. Applications received after this date will not be processed in time for the conference and will therefore not receive the member discounts.

Processing of Forms

Please note: All forms must be posted. The receipt date of faxed and scanned forms will used for purposes of any deadlines, but will only be processed when the original is received in the post.

If you have not received a response within two weeks of posting the application form, please send an email to the Secretary to confirm that your application has been received.

Attention Teachers and Learners

You can apply to become a Subscriber member.

Details of Membership Categories and Fees

Grade of Membership

Eligibility Criteria

Fees 2018

EMember (Electronic membership)

This is a free membership catergory.  members in this catergory are non voting and do not receive mebership certificates.  Their benefis is access to electronic resources of SAIP such as the PC Magazine newsletter. If members who are emembers require certifiactes and additional benefits they choose suitable fee paying catergory below.

  School Pupils - free e-membership - Complete to form

  Science Teachers - free  e-membership  - complete the form

  Undergraduate Students - free -membership - see details below

  Free membership is available to undergraduates students and all Honours Physics Students.        Do the the following

  1) Approach their supervisor or physics head of department and ask them to send a request to        SAIP

  2) The HoDs / Supervisors can choose to make their students free SAIP members

  3) The supervisor or HOD can send an email with the students’ names and email address to            SAIP on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


  The 3rd year and honours students will have the following benefits · Receive all SAIP electronic    communication such as the Physics Comment magazine and adverts for scholarships,                  conferences and jobs. Attend the SAIP annual conference at student membership rates. This        subscription will be valid for 1 year from January to December    only renew it every year in          January as long as you are still undergraduate.



  A candidate for Student membership shall be a full-time student pursuing a course of study          leading to an academic qualification acceptable for Associate membership or who has obtained    such qualification and is pursuing appropriate full-time post-graduate study, provided that the        candidate has not already been awarded another category of membership.

      R 133

    Professional              Physicist

Physics is a basic science that is a basis for all science and technology disciplines.  This results in its graduates working in every sector imaginable.  Therefore we must cater for a wide range of industries and economic sectors. Hence any physicists who graduated with at least Physics Honours Degree working in  either; industry, commerce, government, academia, research, theoretical physics, experimental physics, and uses physics skills and thought processes in their job/career.

A person first has to qualify to be an SAIP Ordinary member before they can be registred as a professional physicist. Check the SAIP constitution regarding the creteria here SAIP Constitution
     R 741


   A candidate for Associate membership shall:

  1. have successfully completed the equivalent of three full years of study in the natural sciences or technology at a tertiary institution; or
  2. in the opinion of Council possess equivalent qualifications.

        R 295

   Ordinary (Full)

A candidate for membership shall satisfy Council that he/she has:

  1. successfully completed a Master's degree in experimental or theoretical physics or equivalent university course and has thereafter for at least three years been engaged in activities in which physics plays a large role; or
  2. successfully completed an Honours degree in experimental or theoretical physics or equivalent course and has thereafter for at least five years been engaged in such scientific activities as in the opinion of the Council make it desirable that he/she should be a member of the Institute; or
  3. has had training or experience which in the opinion of the Council is equivalent to the two points above

         R 596


A candidate for Retired membership is any paid-up member who does not qualify for Emeritus- or Honorary membership, who has retired from an active career in Physics, but who wishes to retain links with the SAIP.

         R 133

   Fellows Members or other persons whom the Institute has decided to honour in consideration of services rendered by them to the Institute, to Science or to Industry.       R 596


Members or other persons whom the Institute has decided to honour in consideration of services rendered by them to the Institute, to Science or to Industry.



An Institutional member shall be an organisation which is interested in promoting the advancement of physics and/or the applications of physics.

         R 4615

New Associate and Ordinary Membership Application Fee is R260 for 2018



New Associate membership (R 295) and application fee (R 260)


New Ordinary Membership (R 596) and application fee (R260)


PrPhys Application Fees



Pr.Phys Application if one is already Ordinary Member

R 590

Pr.Phys Application if one not an ordinary member

R 1124

Critical Skills  VISA Support Letter

R 2240

Use EFT to make payment or make a Cash deposit

Account Name South African Institute of Physics
Bank Standard Bank
Account Type Cheque
Account number 202815382
Branch Lynwood Ridge
Brach Code 01244515

Please note: All payments must have a reference to your name or invoice number so that they can be credited to your account.

Use your Name Surname or Invoice Number as reference

Finally email proof of payment

Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with proof of payment.

If you do not put a reference, we won't be able to link the deposit to you.

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