The Council on Foreign Relations is first and foremost a membership organization whose individual and corporate members represent a group unmatched in accomplishment. Based throughout the country and around the world, CFR members are exposed to top talent and expertise brought together to generate intellectual conversation regarding the most relevant topics in foreign policy and international relations.

Individual Membership

for Individual Members

With over 5,000 members, the institution’s ranks include top government officials, scholars, lawyers, nonprofit professionals, journalists, educators, religious leaders, and business executives. CFR offers two types of membership: life membership for seasoned professionals, and term membership for young, rising leaders in international affairs. Learn more about the membership application process and eligibility requirements.

Corporate Membership

for Corporate Members

Founded in 1953 with twenty-five corporate members, the Corporate Program has since expanded to include more than 150 global member companies from sectors ranging from financial services to healthcare and manufacturing. Through CFR’s unmatched convening power, the program links private sector leaders with decision-makers from government, media, non-governmental organizations, and academia to discuss issues at the intersection of business and foreign policy.