Membership Process at a glance

New Members must be nominated by existing Full Members (two nominations for new Full Members and one nomination for new Liaison Members). The nominating Full Members are then called "sponsors".

If support is needed to find an existing FIRST Full Member as sponsor for your own application, please do not hesitate to contact the FIRST Secretariat (first-sec@first.org).

More detailed information for potential members is available at the FIRST Membership Process section.


New Full Member Applications

  1. Find two existing Full Members for nominating your team ("sponsors")
  2. Inform FIRST Secretariat (FSS) that your team wants to join FIRST.
  3. Work with your sponsors so they have a thorough understanding of your team
  4. Arrange for a site visit by at least one sponsor
  5. Provide all the mandatory information requested in support to your nomination (see Section 2.1.2 of the FIRST Membership Process document for details).
  6. Provide any additional information requested by FIRST
  7. Your sponsor will submit your application (after a 6-month period, at most).
  8. Steering Committee will deliver on your specific nomination
  9. If application is approved, pay the membership affiliation fee.

New Liaison Member Applications

  1. Find one existing Full Member for your nomination ("sponsor").
  2. Inform FIRST Secretariat (FSS) that you want to join FIRST.
  3. Work with your sponsor team so they have a thorough understanding of your interest in and value for FIRST.
  4. Arrange for a site visit by at least one sponsor (not mandatory)
  5. Provide all the mandatory information requested in support to your nomination (see Section 2.1.2 of the FIRST Membership Process document for details).
  6. Provide any additional information requested by FIRST
  7. Your sponsor will submit your application (after a 6-month period, at most).
  8. Steering Committee will deliver on your specific nomination
  9. If application is approved, pay the membership affiliation fee.