Welcome to the new MySHAFR membership website!

Founded in 1967, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) is dedicated to the scholarly study of the history of foreign relations broadly defined.

To carry out that mission, SHAFR organizes a summer annual meeting, publishes the journal Diplomatic History and Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review, and funds research through its fellowship and grant programs. It recognizes excellence in scholarship through its annual and biannual prizes.  SHAFR advocates for the preservation, declassificaiton, and availability of government documents as well as the support of archives through its membership in the National Coalition for History and through representatives on government declassification oversight committees.  It works to encourage professional development and to connect scholars globally across disciplinary and professional divides.

MySHAFR is a portal for members to access SHAFR resources and to connect with one another.  It is an ongoing work in progress that will evolve to serve the changing needs of our members.


Membership Benefits

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  • Regular membership is $60 per calendar year.  Membership for those making less than $50,000/year is $35, and student memberships are $20. Life membership is $1,500.
  • Become part of a community of scholars, researchers, teachers, and others dedicated to the advancement of U.S. foreign relations history
  • Print and online subscriptions to current issues of Diplomatic History
  • Online access to the complete and searchable archive of back issues of Diplomatic History
  • Online access to The SHAFR Guide Online, the comprehensive bibliographical source for our field.
  • Subscription to Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (mailed three times a year with Diplomatic History)
  • A 25% discount on books from Oxford University Press
  • A 40% discount to The Foreign Service Journal
  • A 30% discount on personal subscription to selected online products from Oxford University Press
  • Eligibility to participate in SHAFR's annual meetings
  • Notification of and eligibility for SHAFR's many prizes and fellowships


Support SHAFR

Generosity has long characterized the culture of SHAFR--from donating time to mentor junior scholars to the endowment from the Bernath family that has allowed SHAFR to grow and prosper over the past decades.  Many of our student members have also received Robert Divine grants to help subsidize their travel to the annual meeting. 

Most recently, the friends, family, and former students of Michael Hunt endowed a new book prize--with the inaugural prize being awarded in 2020.  We hope that you will choose to be a part of this culture of generosity that looks to building a vibrant organization for future generations of scholars.

If you click on the "Donate" button above, you can choose to support any of the following initiatives:

  • Support the long-term vitality of the organization with a gift to the endowment.

  • Help underwrite SHAFR's annual expenditures, especially its annual conference, with a gift to the operating fund.

  • Give to a specific prize or program, such as the Hunt Prize for International History or the Divine Graduate Student Travel Fund.

  • Designate your donation to support any specific part of SHAFR's mission--perhaps the work of the Teaching Committee or Committee of Minority Historians or a specific book award, fellowship, or grant program.