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The membership benefit that pays.

No one knows how beneficial IEEE membership is to technical and career development better than IEEE members.

Consider sharing your IEEE membership experience and get rewarded for doing so. Through the Member-Get-a-Member (MGM) program, IEEE rewards your efforts in recruiting new members. You can share a referral card (download below) or submit a referral online.

Note on 2018 MGM Awards: MGM awards for the 2018 membership year (recruiting activity from 16 August 2017 to 15 August 2018) will be sent by 1 October 2018 to the email address on your member record. Please ensure your email address is up to date in your profile to ensure you receive this and other important membership information.


Recruiter awards

For each new member you recruit during the membership year (16 August 2017 through 15 August 2018), you earn an award that can be used toward IEEE dues, IEEE Society fees, or the purchase of books and publications (excludes merchandise and products). Shop the Memberships and Subscriptions Catalog.

Professional members can earn: 

  • US$15 for each Professional member recruited
  • US$5 for each Professional member recruited to e-Membership (offered in developing nations only)
  • The maximum amount a member can earn during the membership year is US$90.

Student members can earn:

  • US$2 for each Student or Graduate Student member recruited
  • US$15 for each Professional member recruited
  • US$5 for each Professional member recruited to e-Membership (offered in developing nations only)
  • The maximum amount a member can earn during the membership year is US$90.

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Section awards

Your local Section can also benefit by your participation in the MGM program. 

Regional awards: The top five recruiters in each IEEE geographic region will earn membership-development awards for their Section to help underwrite the sections’ local programs and activities. Within each region, five awards will be given to the recruiters' section:

  • First Place: US$500
  • Second Place: US$400
  • Third Place: US$300
  • Fourth Place: US$200
  • Fifth Place: US$100

Overall IEEE award: The top recruiter in IEEE earns an additional US$500 award for his/her Section.

Additional rules apply to Section awards.


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Tips on recruiting new members

  • Invite a prospective colleague/student to attend an IEEE Section/Chapter/Branch meeting to experience first-hand the professional benefits of IEEE membership.
  • Start a discussion about IEEE membership, emphasizing the benefits and value; be sure to provide a brochure and/or application information.
  • Keep issues of IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Potentials, and IEEE Society publications on display to attract the eyes of potential new members.
  • Publish an article in your company or university publications explaining how IEEE helped you.
  • Post announcements of IEEE meetings/conferences.
  • Welcome your company/university’s newly hired or enrolled individuals; use the opportunity to discuss IEEE.
  • When discussing membership with a prospect, listen for clues as to what they look for in a professional society. Stress those member benefits that meet their needs.
  • Coordinate an event at your place of employment.
  • Keep a record of the name and membership number of all recruited member(s).


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Rules of the program

  1. Only open to current IEEE members (Society Affiliates, non-members, and past members are not eligible).
  2. Completed applications (either print or online), with full dues payment, must be submitted with the recruiter’s membership number in the proper recruiter box that is provided on the application (or the "Referring Member Number" field in the online application).
  3. Applications received without a recruiter's valid membership number will be disqualified; there will be no retroactive qualifying of recruiters.
  4. Applications must be received at IEEE before 15 August 2017.
  5. Professional members are not eligible to receive awards for recruiting IEEE Students or IEEE Graduate Students.
  6. All amounts are quoted in US dollars.
  7. There is a maximum award amount of US$90.
  8. Recruiters will be notified of their awards earned for the 2017 membership year by 1 October 2017.
  9. Awards will be valid toward IEEE dues, Society fees, or the purchase of books and publications (excludes merchandise and products). In addition, at your option the value of the award may be donated to the IEEE Foundation or another IEEE fund.
  10. The Member-Get-a-Member award may not be combined with other membership incentive programs such as discounted Society conference membership promotions.
  11. IEEE MGM awards earned for the 2017 membership year are not redeemable for cash and will expire on 31 December 2017.
  12. Section awards: The top five recruiters in each region are determined by the total number of members recruited and only from those individuals who, as a result of their efforts, earned the maximum US$90 individual award. In the event of a tie, the section award will be split evenly.
  13. Individual and section awards are subject to federal laws, and certain countries are not eligible.
  14. MGM awards must be used at the time of renewal.



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Download Member-Get-a-Member referral cards

All members receive four referral cards that are personalized with their names and member numbers in their acknowledgement package when they join or renew each year. If you need more cards, you may download this PDF template from the link below that can be printed as is, or on Avery business-card-style templates. This is a fill-able form where you can enter in your name and member number, save the file locally, and reprint as needed.


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