Being elected to membership in the SWG is an honor recognizing both professional accomplishment in a wide range of disciplines contributing to geographic knowledge and experiences in international travel or expeditions. Member benefits, designed to foster non-competitive interdisciplinary collegiality, include:
Members and Associate Members of SWG may be characterized in several ways: They carry out research and field activities in their disciplines; they have developed specialized competence in a particular area; and/or they have made a demonstrable impact in their field and recorded their work in a permanent form — written, photographic, or artistic — that adds to the world's store of knowledge. They travel to study, research, or carry out other activities consistent with their regional or topical interest and they educate others about the world's geography and cultures. See page on Criteria for Membership for more information.
Student Members are full or part-time students with a demonstrated interest in geography or related fields at accredited colleges or universities. Student membership offers opportunities to network with SWG members at Group meetings and at the Triennial meeting of the Society and receipt of the newsletter and the Bulletin.
Student members are encouraged to become Members or Associate Members of the Society as soon as they are eligible.
After applying , members are elected to join SWG.
SWG has groups in Chicago, South Florida, New York, San Francisco, Southern California, and Washington, DC. Members who do not live near a group are At-Large, and members who live outside the United States are Corresponding.