NCI has two categories of membership: full membership and associate membership.
Full members of the consortium must be Nordic universities awarding doctoral degrees. Other organizations conducting research and research-based education related to India and organization with a Nordic mandate may become associate members.
The membership fees are currently 5,500 euro for full members and 1,500 euro for associate members.
The application procedure is as follows: A written application for membership is sent to the Board of NCI, which subsequently submits the application together with a recommendation to the General Assembly for a final decision. The new member is required to make an initial commitment for a three-year period. Full members will appoint an official representative to the General Assembly of NCI.