Membership Elevations


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: carry at least 50% full-time academic load in an IEEE designated field. 
  • Graduate Student Member: qualify for Member grade, carry at least 50% of a full time academic load in an IEEE designated field
  • Associate Member: designated for technical and non-technical applicants who do not meet the qualifications for Member grade
  • Member: satisfied IEEE specific educational requirements and/or have demonstrated professional competence in IEEE designated field
  • Senior Member: professional experience and demonstrate significant performance Fellow: recognizes unusual distinction in the profession 




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.

For more information visit the IEEE Student Transition Elevation Partnership (STEP) page


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.

Associate to Member

The transition from Associate to Member grade grants several privileges. Members are permitted to vote in general IEEE elections, while Associates are not eligible to vote. Members holding Member grade or higher are permitted to hold volunteer office positions, while Associates are not eligible for officer positions. Member grade implies that a member has demonstrated that he/ she is regularly employed in IEEE-designated fields with a combination of education and work experience for at least six years.

Those who wish to apply for transfer to member grade will need to update the details in the professional and education information summary using his/her IEEE username and password to log in. An overnight process will elevate eligible Associate members to Member grade.  


Associates may apply for transfer to Member grade online