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The information on this page will help you in completing the Senior member application form and will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Senior member nomination process and reference form.


General questions

Who can apply for Senior membership? Information is found on the Requirements for Senior Member Grade Web page.

What are the qualifications for Senior member grade? Information is found on the Requirements for Senior Member Grade Web page.

The system won’t take my username and or password.  What should I do? If you need assistance with your username and or password, contact the IEEE Contact Center.

Where is the link to the Senior Membership Application, Nomination, and Reference Form? It can be found on the Senior membership portal.

How soon after my application is reviewed will I know the results? Results of the review panel meetings are posted to the Web within two weeks of the meeting date.

What are the dates of the review panel meetings? The Review Panel Meeting Schedule is posted to the Web; dates and locations are subject to change.

Can I use the back button in my Web browser? Use of the Web browser back button will return an error message. To avoid this, use the "Return to Portal" button at the bottom of the portal page.


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Applicant questions

Will my application automatically be saved? Yes. As you move from tab to tab, your progress is saved.

Am I able to create more than one application? You have the ability to draft more than one application; however, only one application may be submitted for review.

I have received several e-mails that my application is not complete. What should I do? If you have more than one application in “Draft,” you will continue to receive an auto-generated e-mail per application to complete your application. Applications that are incomplete or inactive will automatically be deleted in one year.

Can I upload a more current resume/CV? If your application is in “Draft” form and has not yet been submitted, you can log into your application, click on the attachment tab, remove the current resume/CV, and then upload a new file.

Do I need to contact my reference to complete the reference form? Once you enter the membership number of your reference, your reference will receive an e-mail to complete the reference form. The link to the reference form is contained in the auto-generated e-mail. If your reference does not complete the reference form, it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with references.

Where can I find references?

I already started my application. Can I still add a nominator? No. Nominations have to be entered prior to starting your application. Once the nominator logs in, enters the applicant’s membership number, and then logs out, the applicant can log in and complete the application.

How can I delete an application? Please click the delete link that appears to the right of your name.

How long will my duplicate application remain in “Draft”? You may delete your duplicate application at any time by clicking on the delete link.

My reference completed a reference form for me, but it's not in the Senior Member Portal. Can it be uploaded to the portal? Please e-mail the reference form in Word or PDF format to Senior member staff. Include the applicant's name and member number. Staff will upload the reference form to the portal.

I submitted my application. Can I still make changes? Once an application has been submitted, changes cannot be made by the applicant. E-mail the change(s) to Senior member staff (include your name and member number). Please also e-mail Senior member staff if you have moved.

I am already a Senior member, so why does the system allow me to create an application? The system will allow you to create an application but not submit it. Once you click on “review and submit” you will receive an e-mail that you cannot submit an application.The assumption is that Senior members and Fellows will not be creating applications for Senior member grade.

How can I check the status of my application? You can check the status of your application by logging into the Senior Membership portal.

How do I know if my references completed the reference form? Log into the Senior Membership portal and click on the references tab.

My application was not approved. How do I submit additional information? Log into the Senior Membership portal, click on attachments, upload file, and then click on Review/Submit.


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Nominator questions

What are the steps to nominate an applicant?
1) The nominator logs into the Senior Membership portal.
2) The nominator checks "Yes" when asked if nominating someone.
3) The nominator enters the member’s membership number.
4) The nominator enters nominating entity (if applicable).

5) The nominator clicks on another tab. This will save application; no need to enter information on other tab.
6) The nominator clicks on "Back to Senior Member Home" button.
7) The nominator clicks on "Logout:".
- The application is now in "Draft" status.
1) The applicant logs into the Senior Membership portal .
2) The applicant completes application.

Can I nominate an applicant after they have completed the application? No. Nominations have to be done before the application is started.

Does the nominator have to complete the entire application for the applicant? No. After the nominator enters the nominating entity (if applicable) and enters the member’s membership number and logs out, the applicant can then log in and complete the application. The nominator can, if they choose to, complete part or all of the application on behalf of the applicant.


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Reference questions

Can I change my reference form information once it is submitted? Once you submit your reference form, changes cannot be made.

How do I view the reference forms I submitted? Log into the Senior Membership portal and you will see a section that lists all your completed referrals.

I lost the URL to complete the reference form. The URL is the same as the Senior Membership Portal.

I didn’t receive an e-mail to complete the reference form; can I still complete it? Yes. Log into the Senior Membership portal, scroll down below the “Create a New Application” button, and click on the “Complete Referral” hyperlink.


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Volunteer Resources

Visit the Volunteers section for the following:

  • Senior member initiative
  • Section and Society benefits
  • Best practices for Sections and Societies
  • Schedule of review panels
  • Senior member statistics
  • Admission & Advancement Committee