Fellows have been General Members at least five consecutive years, be Board Certified, have three letters of recommendations from current Fellows, Distinguished Fellows, Life Fellows or Distinguished Life Fellows. Members who have been active for five or more years are notified by APA, application is made to APA and are approved by APA Membership Committee and APA Board of Trustees.
Distinguished Fellows are nominated by the IPS Membership Committee. These members have been General Members for at least 8 years and shall have made a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. The criteria and procedures for nomination of General Members for Fellowship follows the APA guidelines and are available by contacting the IPS office.
Life Members and Life Fellows are those in their respective categories whose years of active membership in the Society plus age at the start of the fiscal year shall equal ninety-five. Membership dues are pro-rated.
Inactive Members and Inactive Fellows are members whom the IPS Membership Committee and Council along with the APA have, for sufficient reason, excused from paying dues and shall not receive credit toward the number of years of active membership required for Life status for those years of inactive status.