IEEE and MTT-S Membership Dues


Dues for the 38 IEEE societies (including the MTT-Society), through which IEEE provides publications, conferences, community, and many other benefits to members within their specialized areas. IEEE membership is required to join any IEEE Societies.


IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members’ ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. For this reason, the following special circumstance categories have been established. Special circumstance discounts are not available to Student members or to members in developing nations who take the e-Membership option. Only one category may be claimed in any year.

  • Minimum Income
  • Retired
  • Unemployed
  • Permanently Disabled
  • Developing Nations


IEEE Special Circumstances policy (see above) currently allows a 50% discount on IEEE dues and one society membership for any individual whose annual salary is less than a Cost-of-Living adjusted minimum established by IEEE each year. This offering is referred to as the Minimum Income Special Considerations Option.

Through the MTT-S Membership Fee Subsidy Program (MFSP), the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society will pay the remaining IEEE and MTT-S costs for up to ten (10) people qualifying as low-income members. (The IEEE reduces membership fees by 50% for members with annual income below the IEEE minimum income level and MTT-S will pay the remaining 50%.)


The MFSP payments have a lifetime limit of two subsidy years per person. In addition, each chapter must replace six of their ten subsidized members per year. The individuals must be applying for regular (not student) membership. Chapters that have been in existence for at least one year are expected to have reported at least two meetings to the IEEE (see vTools reporting) during the 12 months immediately prior to submission of their application for the MFSP payments.


Although the IEEE Minimum Income option allows individuals to purchase publication subscriptions for one society at a 50% reduced rate, the MTT-S MFSP does not cover the payment of publication subscriptions. The MTT-S does offer a separate subsidy program on all its publications to one low-income member per Chapter per year. The subsidy covers the remaining 50% cost of the MTT publications so a Chapter can receive them for free. There is a lifetime limit of one year of publication subsidy per person, so a Chapter must rotate the subsidy from member to member to continue to acquire free publications.

If a chapter has individuals who qualify for the reduced IEEE Minimum Income offering and the MTT-S MFSP, the Chapter Chair should obtain the IEEE/MTT-S membership application forms or IEEE Renewal Bills from all individuals participating in the program (maximum 10) and submit them to the MTT-S MGA Administrator for processing. Once received, the application forms will be coded with a special account number and submitted to the pertinent IEEE department for processing.

Aside from being a program for existing MTT-S chapters, the MTT-S Membership Fee Subsidy Program is also an extremely good means to help facilitate the launching of new chapters in low income geographical areas. For any questions concerning the program, please contact the MTT-S MGA Administrator.