Physician, Pharmacist and Scientist Membership

The National Kidney Foundation supports physicians, pharmacists and researchers involved in the field of nephrology by providing continuing education, evidence-based practice guidelines, scientific research grants and fellowships.

NKF is also a recognized leader in shaping health policy affecting kidney health professionals and patients. Our 5,000 strong physician, pharmacist and scientist membership is a driving force behind the scientific and medical activities of the organization.


Experience the advantages of NKF professional membership:

Essential Tools



  • Receive TWO Journal subscriptions, PLUS full online access, to the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in clinical nephrology (a combined value of $700!)
  • Get a reduced subscription rate to the Journal of Renal Nutrition, a bi-monthly publication of NKF’s Council on Renal Nutrition and the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism.
  • Apply for special NKF basic and clinical research grants.
  • Clinical Practice Materials — Receive special mailings from the NKF on subjects such as the KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines and kidney–related research, free brochures and fact sheets. Plus reduced pricing on hundreds of patient, professional and public education materials in the NKF Store.

Extraordinary Experiences


Extraordinary Experiences

  • Network with colleagues, obtain CMEs, and get updated on the latest advances in the field of kidney disease at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings (NKF's premier educational event). Members save over $150 on registration.
  • Participate in NKF's Take Action Network and help change the face of legislation and policies relating to chronic kidney disease. Be the first to hear about changes in legislation, and receive alerts when help is needed to advocate for various issues.
  • Volunteer for a variety of NKF professional committees and make a difference in your field.
  • Apply for the Fellowship of the NKF. The FNKF designation recognizes physicians and pharmacists for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the NKF on local, national or international levels.

Exceptional Support


Exceptional Support

  • Take advantage of reduced rates on job postings on NKF's online Kidney Career Center.
  • Receive advance notice of meetings and NKF programs.
  • Access the member directory to connect with other NKF members. Share ideas, seek support, and discuss best practices.

All of these benefits are available to NKF members at a cost less than that of subscribing to the American Journal of Kidney Disease alone!

Membership Dues

Physician, Scientist and Pharmacist Membership


U.S. and Canada



1-Year Membership




2-Year Membership*

$625 (save $25!)


$675 (save $25!)

*2-year membership is currently only available by calling NKF at 888.JOIN.NKF or completing the print application in the membership brochure. Available soon online!

CRN Brochure



CRN Brochure

Your membership, including all benefits, will begin in the month that your application is received and processed at NKF Headquarters. You will receive a membership card with your ID#, which gives you access to the members-only section of our Website and savings in the NKF Store.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact the NKF at or 888.JOIN.NKF.