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Learn more about several aspects of the IEEE Fellows Program by reviewing the frequently asked questions answered below.

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Deadline date

How flexible is the 01 March deadline?

The 01 March deadline is not flexible.

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Elevated IEEE Fellows

How many new IEEE Fellows may be recommended each year?

According to IEEE Bylaw I-305.5, "The total number of Fellow recommendations in any one year must not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the IEEE voting membership on record as of 31 December of the year preceding."

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IEEE Fellows Directory

If I am a IEEE Fellow or IEEE Life Fellow, why doesn't my name appear in the IEEE Fellow Directory?

Only active IEEE Fellows and IEEE Life Fellows are listed in the IEEE Fellow Directories. To change your status, please contact Member Services

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New Fellows announcement

When are the newly elevated IEEE Fellows announced?

Newly elevated IEEE Fellows are announced shortly after the fourth quarter IEEE Board of Directors meeting, normally scheduled in late-November/mid-December.

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Nomination requirements

What are the qualifications for being nominated an IEEE Fellow?

The nominee must meet the following three basic qualifications: have accomplishments that have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society; hold IEEE Senior Member or IEEE Life Senior Member grade at the time the nomination is submitted and have been a member in good standing in any grade for a period of five years or more preceding 1 January of the year of elevation.
Note: IEEE Society affiliation membership does not apply.

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Notification to nominators and nominees

How is the nominator notified? Is the nominee notified as well?

The IEEE Fellows Staff notifies successful nominees and their nominators via e-mail or first class mail.

Nominators of unsuccessful nominees will be notified via e-mail or first class mail.

Please note the importance of having the correct current street address and current e-mail address on file with the IEEE Fellow Staff.

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Pin/certificate replacement

How can an IEEE Fellow order a replacement Fellow Pin or Certificate?

IEEE Fellows may complete the The IEEE Fellow Pin and/or Certificate Order Form. 

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References and endorsement forms

What is the difference between a reference and an endorsement form?

A reference is a required part of the nomination process as it cites specific evidence of the nominee's special qualities and impact of the nominee's contributions. An endorsement may strengthen a nomination, but is not required.

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Can I nominate myself for IEEE Fellow grade?

No, self-nomination is NOT permitted.

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Newly Elevated Fellow Class

Fellow Procedures

2013 Operations Manual (DOC, 134 KB)

Order a Fellow Pin or Certificate

Contact the IEEE Fellow Program

Fellows Bylaw Information

Fellows News

Fellows news in any manner—honors, recognitions, promotions, and more—will be displayed here.

Congratulations to Prof. Isamu Akasaki, Life Fellow, for being awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics. He and professors Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. Learn more.

Congratulations to Thomas Kailath, Life Fellow, Stanford University, CA, USA, for receiving the National Medal of Science award and Mary Shaw, Life Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA, for receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation award on October 6. Learn more.

Call for Nominations for the Class of 2016
Nominations for the IEEE Fellows Class of 2016 are now being accepted. Nominate a colleague, coworker, or friend whose career and body of work you consider eligible for elevation to the IEEE Fellow grade. Apply only online. Deadline is 1 March 2015.