Review the step-by-step process below to learn how to become—or nominate someone to become—an IEEE Fellow.
At the time the nomination is submitted, a nominee must:
Note: IEEE Society affiliation membership does not apply.
Non-eligibility: The nominee cannot be a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee, an IEEE Society/Technical Council Fellow Evaluating Committee Chair, a member of IEEE Society/Technical Council Fellow Evaluating Committees reviewing the nomination, members of the IEEE Board of Directors, or members who are prohibited from publishing in IEEE publications.
Any person, including non-IEEE members, is eligible to serve as a nominator. The following are exceptions: members of the IEEE Board of Directors, members of the IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE Society/Technical Council Fellow Evaluating Committee Chairs, members of IEEE Society/Technical Council Fellow Evaluating Committee reviewing the nomination, or IEEE Staff. Self-nomination is not permitted.
The process consists of two evaluations. The first evaluation is completed by the IEEE Society/Technical Council that is identified on the nomination form. The IEEE Society/Technical Council evaluation is extremely important, because it is an impartial and even-handed view of the nominee’s merit, by persons who are familiar with his or her work. Once the IEEE Society/Technical Council evaluation is completed, their comments and scores are given to the IEEE Fellow Committee for the second evaluation. Society/Technical Council’s Fellow evaluations that are not received by the 15 June deadline will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded for consideration to the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee.
As discussed above, the nomination form is evaluated twice: first by the IEEE Society/Technical Council and second by the Judges on the IEEE Fellow Committee. These Judges are IEEE Fellows, but they may not have worked in the exact area of expertise of the Nominee. Your goal, as a Nominator, is to make the cited contributions of the Nominee easy to identify and to make their importance and impact easy to understand and verify.
Include in the nomination sufficient background material about the outstanding contributions of the Nominee; which you cited and why they are important. Describe the state of the art prior to the Nominee’s contributions and highlight the significance of the contributions in this context. Finally, summarize how the Nominee overcame the challenges involved. Include examples, if appropriate, illustrating the impact of the Nominee’s work. Such impact might include how the Nominee’s contributions paved the way for future contributors.
All nomination materials are forwarded in confidence to the IEEE Fellow Committee. The IEEE Fellow Committee has 51 members plus a chair. All committee members are IEEE Fellows and selected to represent the 10 IEEE Regions, and have expertise in the technical areas represented by IEEE Societies/Technical Councils.
The IEEE Fellow Committee recommends nominees to the IEEE Board of Directors, according to the following criteria:
Each nominee is rated numerically on the basis of this information.
The slate of nominees is submitted by the IEEE Fellow Committee to the IEEE Board of Directors during the 3rd quarter, and the Board acts upon those recommendations at its year-end meeting. 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 voting membership on record as of 31 December of the year preceding.