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 nominator is responsible for:
The process consists of two evaluations. The first evaluation is completed by the IEEE Society/Technical Council that the nominator identified on the nomination form. This is an extremely important evaluation 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 review is completed, their comments are given to the IEEE Fellow Committee.
All nomination materials are forwarded in confidence to the IEEE Fellow Committee. The IEEE Fellow Committee consists of 52 members, all of whom are IEEE Fellows with expertise in the technical areas represented by IEEE societies/technical councils and selected to represent the ten IEEE Regions.
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.