There is an e-Membership option for prospective members that reside in developing nations. If you reside in one of the countries where e-Membership is available you can join IEEE, or renew your existing membership, at a reduced rate.
Members who join or renew and select the e-Membership option will receive an electronic copy of their membership card and membership materials. All publications, including IEEE Spectrum magazine, The Institute, and Potentials, will also be delivered digitally. 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.
Join IEEE and take advantage of e-Membership. The e-Membership option is not available to students. If you are a student enrolled in at least a 50% course load at an accredited university, IEEE has a special Student membership available to you.
The 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$14,700. The IEEE uses a three-year average of this data, published by the United Nations, in determining which countries qualify.
Members who do not live in one of the developing nations listed have the Special Circumstances option available to them, which discounts IEEE membership 50% when they are retired, unemployed, or meet the minimum income provision. It also gives them print publications, though only a few dollars more than e-Membership.