The Life Members Fund supports numerous programs in various areas of interest that enhance the activities of Life members, potential engineers, engineering students, and professionals worldwide. The continuing growth of the Life Members Fund will help support new and exciting opportunities for young engineers with engineering education and workforce development, applying technology for humanitarian causes and preserving the history of technology.

Primary areas of interest

The IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation supports IEEE activities of interest to Life members, potential engineers, and engineering students. Generous donations are invested in initiatives that:

  • Excite students about STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Empower young minds to purse careers in IEEE fields of interest
  • Preserve the legacy IEEE members helped create
  • Acknowledge peers for accomplishments
  • Encourage Life members and retirees to stay active in IEEE

Projects supported annually by the Life Members Committee and Life Members Fund

Annually, the IEEE Life Members Committee has provided funding in support of the following awards/programs:

Life Members Newsletter

  • Published twice annually (June and December)
  • A forum to present ideas and determine the services desired by the Life members.

IEEE Grants Program

  • Grant application exclusively for IEEE organizational units (sections, regions, societies, affinity groups, student branches, and major boards)
  • Projects must address the pre-defined theme identified by the IEEE Foundation
  • Deadline and additional information.

IEEE Life Member History Fellowship

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)

  • Promotes the professional, social, economic and ethical status of individuals in all of IEEE’s fields of interest, with a special emphasis on U.S. IEEE members
  • Application and instructions 

Life Members Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering

  • Awarded annually for full-time graduate work in any area of electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing worldwide
  • Application and instructions 

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

  • Awarded annually for outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE
  • Nomination form and instructions

    Congratulations to this year's winner, John G. Webster (LFIEEE), Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA.

    "For excellence in classroom teaching as well as the production of numerous reference texts that have fostered the development of biomedical engineering as a discipline."

Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize

  • Awarded annually to the best paper in the history of electro technology-power, electronics, telecommunicating’s, and computer science
  • Complete information on prize

Regional Student Event Funding

  • Awarded annually for IEEE Region wide student contests.

IEEE History Center Oral History Program

  • Historians capture the memories of witnesses to history and preserve them in the historical record. Visit the IEEE History Center website to learn more.

How do I contribute to the Life Members Fund?

Leadership through giving shows a true understanding of needs and does the most to help reach the IEEE Foundation's long-term goals. The IEEE Life Members Committee thanks all of you who have contributed in the past and who continue to help IEEE strive for improved member outreach programs, educational development, information exchange efforts, historical preservation, and awards and recognition initiatives.

The opportunities for charitable gifts to IEEE are many and varied. You may find the following gift ideas helpful during your planning process:

  • Giving during your dues renewal
  • Gifts of cash
  • Gifts of securities
  • Commemorative gifts
  • Legacy gifts

For additional information on the various ways to give, or to hold a confidential discussion of the opportunities, benefits, and tax advantages available to you as you consider a gift, please contact the IEEE Development Office:

For US members, contributions to the Life Members Fund are tax-deductible.