IEEE membership enhances every stage of your career. Whether you are an established professional or just starting out, IEEE membership identifies you as superior talent. Advancing your member grade can bring added peer recognition to your accomplishments. Grade advancement is encouraged because it is required, in most cases, for key volunteer positions at the IEEE.
Student elevation is handled twice a year - in June and August. Once an IEEE Student member or Graduate Student member reaches his or her graduation date (based on information provided by the student), IEEE elevates them to the next grade of IEEE membership for which they qualify. Approximately 20,000 students graduate each year.
The first elevation is done in June (Student members or Graduate Student members with graduation dates between 1 January and 30 June). Those individuals elevated to Member grade will receive a ballot to vote in IEEE elections in September. The second elevation is done in August (Student members or Graduate Student members with graduation dates between 1 July and 31 December). IEEE supports recent graduates by providing a 50% discount off IEEE dues the first year after graduation. There is no paper work involved to qualify and individuals will automatically receive the appropriate discount on the next renewal bill (sent in October each year) following their graduation date. This "recent graduate" discount is only available once in a lifetime.
Affiliate to Member
Society Affiliates are a vital part of the IEEE community; however, they are not IEEE members and are not entitled to any IEEE benefits or services that are reserved solely for IEEE members. Society Affiliates are encouraged to elevate their status to full IEEE membership in order to take advantage of the array of benefits.