Application Instructions

Follow the membership application instructions carefully. If you have questions or encounter problems at any time during the application process, contact the CSCTR Executive Office at (414) 273-2209 or


Online Application NOTE: If you experience problems with the online application, download the paper application and send to along with your current CV or Biosketch and a letter of recommendation from your institution.


  1. Type all required information into the appropriate fields on the on-line application. Paper submissions are not accepted.
  2. Two current members of the Society must propose the candidate*.
  3. A confidential letter must be uploaded by the Proposer and Seconder. The guidelines are:
    • The nomination process requires two concise letters (nominating and seconding), a curriculum vitae, and up to three supporting documents the proposer thinks are required given the nominee’s standing in the scientific community.
    • Established Investigators, Chairs, Sub-specialty Chiefs or Division Directors:
      Such well-known individuals require no additional documentation. Since the primary review will be by the Sub-specialty Chairs and Council, such investigators would expect to be well-known, and this would be reflected in the proposing letters.
    • Young and Less Well-known Investigators: additional documentation usually necessary.
      • Provide in the letter information on the candidate’s significant independent investigative achievements, or, if the candidate has functioned as part of a large group of investigators or as a collaborator with an established investigator, make clear the individual’s role and independence. We wish to avoid embarrassment to the proposers and the candidates, but often acceptance, deferral or rejection is based on these issues;
      • It is useful to cite major articles that document the candidate’s independent or central contribution to the work;
      • Up to three articles may be submitted in support of the candidate;
      • It is useful to list recognition of scientific achievements such as awards, prizes, grants, support or scientific sessions which the candidate has chaired. Other evidence of scholarly achievement might include educational and administrative roles within the divisions and departments. As a guideline, “investigation” can be defined in its broadest sense. Holding a national, federal or private grant is not a prerequisite.
  4. Direct questions about the eligibility for membership or the likelihood of acceptance of a young or less well-known investigator to the CSCTR Executive Office.
  5. Deadline Dates: All membership applications must be approved by the CSCTR Council, which meets 3-4 times per year. Upon submission of an application, you will be notified when the next review and approval will take place. You will not be charged dues until your application is approved.

*If you need assistance finding current CSCTR members, contact for a membership list or alternatives to the support letters.