IEEE strives to make membership affordable to everyone. IEEE offers the e-Membership option to new and renewing members in countries where the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is less than US$15,000. IEEE uses a three-year average of this data published by the United Nations in determining which countries are eligible. Members who do not live in one of these developing nations have the Special Circumstances option available to them, which discounts IEEE membership 50% when they are retired, unemployed or meet the minimum income provision; and also gives them the print publications, though only a few dollars more than e-Membership.
Be sure you have a complete mailing address in your profile, including the Country. If you do not enter this information, or if it is a country that is not eligible for e-Membership, you will not see the option displayed. Click on 'Change Address' from your member profile to update this information. Also be sure you have a valid e-mail address in your profile to ensure you receive your membership materials and publications.
You will receive a secure PDF via e-mail that contains your membership card and membership materials.
No, if you choose the e-Membership option, you will not be able to claim a Special Circumstance discount on IEEE Membership. However, any additional society memberships you add are eligible for the Special Circumstances discount even if you choose e-Membership for IEEE Membership.
No, students and affiliates do not qualify. IEEE membership rates are already discounted for students, and in fact are even less than e-Membership rates. Individual societies decide their membership dues and the types of membership options available.
Yes, you are still eligible to vote in the annual elections. You will receive printed voting materials in October. (For legal resons, we cannot send voting materials electronically.)
You are not required to take the e-Membership option. If you wish to receive print publications or a printed membership card, you should select the 'IEEE Membership - Traditional' option when joining or renewing.
Yes. The years of service for qualification toward Senior, Fellow or Life Member grades still accumulate when you have e-Membership.
Regional assessments are added in addition to standard base dues. These assessments help recover the cost of regional activities, events and communications, which e-Members will still have access to and receive the full benefit of. When you are in the shopping cart purchasing e-Membership you will see the price which includes the additional assessment. In Europe, Africa and Middle Eastern countries the assessment is US$13. In South America the assessment is US$4, and in Asia and Pacific countries it is US$5. Please note that these assessments are the same that are charged when purchasing Traditional IEEE Membership.
Yes you can. You will be billed for the pro-rated difference and begin to receive print publications from that point forward as well as a printed membership card. If you would like to receive back issues of print publications, you have the option to pay the full year dues (not pro-rated). Changes to your membership type after you join or renew must be processed by the IEEE Contact Center. You cannot make this change online after you join or complete your renewal.
You will have the opportunity to change to e-Membership, and receive a refund, only until 28 February, and only if you did not claim a Special Circumstance. You will be eligible to receive a refund of the regular base dues already paid minus the $50 e-Membership dues fee. Changes to your membership type after you join or renew must be processed by the IEEE Contact Center. You cannot make this change online after you join or complete your renewal.
If you move out of a developing nation during the membership year, you will keep your e-Membership until the following renewal year. At that time, you will automatically receive a renewal for Traditional IEEE Membership. Likewise, if you move into a developing nation during the membership year, you will not become eligible for e-Membership until the next renewal period.
Publications can be accessed through IEEE Xplore, and you will receive an e-mail notification to let you know when you've received a new issue.
e-Members can add as many society memberships as they wish, at whatever price the individual society offers. The e-Membership dues fee only applies to IEEE membership.
There will be no change to your society membership(s) by choosing the e-Membership option for IEEE membership.
IEEE members connect, communicate, and learn from colleagues, in addition to saving on products and services.