Annual Dues Waiver Program


The Dues Waiver Program is intended to help SEG members by providing assistance to unemployed geophysicists whose circumstance are such that payment of membership dues would pose a financial hardship.

The SEG Membership Committee may waive payment of the Society dues of an Associate or Active member upon written presentation of satisfactory evidence of unemployment.

In an effort to assist SEG members in continuing their membership during periods of unemployment, Associate and Active members who have been members of SEG for at least 3 years are eligible to apply for dues waivers if they fall under one of the categories listed below.

Current Active and Associate members of the Society for a minimum of three years are eligible.

Those who wish to apply for a dues waiver due to unemployment must submit a written request stating their unemployment status, and confirming that the member:

  • Has been involuntary unemployed for a period of at least three consecutive months immediately prior to the issuance of the annual member dues notice.
    • Is currently unemployed
    • Is available and actively searching for work
  • Is presently unemployed or on maternity / parental leave from their employer, in order to provide care for a family member for an uninterrupted period of no less than one year and no more than five years.  For purposes of this waiver, family includes spouse, children, siblings, parents, or parents-in-law.


Please submit your request in writing to or by mail to:

Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Attn: Member Services
PO Box 702740
Tulsa OK 74170-2740

The written request, along with membership background will be forwarded to Membership Committee for discussion and approval. Associate members granted the waiver will have their dues waived for one year, as a one‐time benefit. Active members may have their dues waived for up to two years and are eligible to request an additional dues waiver if they become unemployed again.

All dues waiver applications are treated confidentially by a small sub-committee which would include the membership Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Past-Chair and maybe two other committee members as may be included or appointed by the Chair.

In the year following one's participation in the program, members will receive an invoice for the full dues amount. The Dues Waiver Program operates on an annual basis, and may be terminated at the close of any calendar year.

Unemployed members are also encouraged to send a cover letter/résumé to SEG Career Services for a free posting on SEG career site.

Dues Waiver Program participants are entitled to receive online only SEG benefits of membership as provided under the bylaws.