Fellow Membership Terms & Conditions.

Upon applying for membership, you agree to comply with our Memorandum and Association

Upon applying for membership, you agree to comply with our Memorandum and Association, which may be revised or amended periodically. Signing the Membership Declaration does not entail any legal or administrative obligations; it only signifies an individual's support in achieving the objectives of OARS and the affiliated organization. Membership allows participation in activities designed to achieve OARS's goals.

These terms and conditions form the foundation of the contract through which OARS delivers services to its members (you).

By becoming an OARS member, you automatically agree to these terms and conditions and authorize us to manage your personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Membership with OARS provides you with membership at the Student, Affiliate, Associate, Member, or Fellow level. As an OARS member, you are entitled to an array of benefits. Membership benefits may differ based on membership level, such as active or passive membership. We reserve the right to modify benefits associated with OARS membership at any time and without prior notice.

External sources of benefits included in your membership package have sole discretion in providing services, and OARS membership does not guarantee that the external source will approve a member's application for services.

Services provided by an external source are subject to the service provider's terms and conditions, and we do not accept liability for losses or damages resulting from faults, errors, or omissions in the provision of these services. We reserve the right to change our external sources without prior notice, and our decision on service providers is final.

Upon getting/renewing your membership, your payment confirms your continued acceptance of these terms and conditions. You may not transfer any rights and obligations under these terms and conditions to another person.

When renewing your membership, your renewal payment automatically indicates your continued acceptance of all our terms and conditions. This does not grant you the right to transfer any rights and obligations, partially or fully, to anyone as per our terms and conditions. 

It is very important to note that the Membership can only be used for academic purposes and carries no legal significance.

Professional Development and Conduct

By completing and submitting your membership application, you affirm that, as an OARS member, you commit to the development of others, intend to continuously develop your research-related management skills and professionalism, and agree to abide by OARS's Code of Practice for Fellows, associates, or members.

All Institute members must sign this Code upon joining and reaffirm their commitment annually. Failure to adhere to the Code may result in a formal complaint against you, leading to disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate.

Right to Refuse Applications or Downgrade Applications

We reserve the right to reject your application in the event of non-payment or if you fail to disclose any criminal convictions that are not yet spent or have pending prosecutions. You must also provide a declaration of insolvency or bankruptcy, if applicable. Please note that this information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and will only be considered if necessary. Spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act need not be disclosed.

If you are granted membership, and it is subsequently discovered that any information you provided was false or misleading, we reserve the right to revoke your membership immediately and without the right to appeal.

Our assessment team has full authority to grade, upgrade, or downgrade your membership. We reserve the right to downgrade an application if, upon review, the evidence received does not meet the assessment criteria. You have the right to appeal a grade offer if you believe it does not accurately reflect your research experience. A review will be conducted, and the decision of the assessment team will be final and binding.

Force Majeure

Neither party signing this agreement will be responsible for any unintentional delay or non-performance of obligations due to unforeseen circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to acts of terrorism, war, riots, civil unrest, compliance with laws or government orders, natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, cloudbursts, fires, floods, or storms, strikes or other labor disputes, delays in transit, power outages, postal delays, or any event that cannot reasonably be anticipated or avoided.

Data Protection via the Website

We will make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate and secure. However, we cannot guarantee this and accept no liability for any information provided via this website. Despite employing data encryption and security measures, the safety of information transmitted via the internet cannot be guaranteed. Any losses incurred or sustained by users who transmit information electronically shall be borne solely and exclusively by the member, and in no event shall any such losses, in whole or in part, be borne by us. Please see our website terms and conditions for further information.


Members may be invited to events organized by us or our partners, enabling members to gain information and maximize the utilization of technologies and opportunities. Cancellations made 14 days or more before any chargeable event will be refunded in full. Cancellations after that date will be non-refundable, although substitute attendees can be arranged at any time. Our National/International Conferences are subject to separate terms and conditions. Please review these carefully at the time of booking.

OARS Logos

You are not permitted to use our logo unless you are an approved center or partner of OARS, and we have granted you express permission.

In summary, by applying for OARS membership, you agree to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined above.