Membership Grades

There are several grades of membership in RAS and IEEE. Read below and follow the links to learn more about the different grades of membership.


Nearly two-thirds of RAS members fall into this category of membership. Practing engineers and academics that have not met or applied for Senior Member are in this category. Learn more about RAS Member benefits.

Affiliate Member

Affiliate members are RAS members that are not IEEE members. They do not receive IEEE benefits, but receive RAS benefits. 

Student Member

Students are eligible for the Student Member grade. Student members pay reduced fees for membership, and often receive discounts and special support at RAS conferences and events. Learn more about RAS Student Memberships.

Graduate Student Member

Our graduate students fall into the Graduate Student Member grade. They are eligible for the same discounts as Student Members, but the Graduate Student Member grade reflects the advanced nature of their studies. 

Senior Member

The Senior Member grade is a granted by the IEEE. Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior member grade.  Learn more about IEEE Senior Members

Life Member

A special IEEE membership designation given to individuals based on years of IEEE membership and their age. Learn more about IEEE Life Membership Grade.


IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Learn more about IEEE Fellow Membership Grade

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