Curated resources to help support chapter leaders to deliver effective benefits to their membership.
Forming a Chapter
The IEEE Computer Society has two types of chapters that can be formed: professional and student.
- Start a chapter. Please visit our Start a Chapter page to learn more.
- File for reimbursement. Newly created Computer Society chapters can be reimbursed for chapter expenses up to $150 (when approved by the local chair).
Funding & Support
Chapter Grants Program. Chapter activities and events are the lifeblood of our membership and the IEEE Computer Society is excited to support chapters with funds to help make extraordinary chapter events possible.
- Applying. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applications will include proposals with meaningful activities and document a path to chapter growth.
- Amounts. Grant applications can be submitted for amounts (USD) of: small (up to $500), medium ($500 to $1000), or large ($1000 to $2000). Larger grants should outline how the planned activities will impact the chapter, the Computer Society and/or the world. In lieu of monetary funds chapters applications may be submitted for a 12 month Zoom Meeting license.
- Availability. Funds are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Chapters are encouraged to plan out yearly activities and apply early. Chapters may apply for more than one grant.
- Apply. To apply for a chapter grant a chapter officer must fill out the Chapter Grant Request Form.
- Event Report. A final report will be required within 30 days of completing your activity. Information, regarding how to submit the final report, will be provided to those who receive the grant.
- Guest Speaker. Need a speaker for your event? Make sure to visit our Distinguished Visitor Page.
Additional Funding. Each Section Chapter should receive a minimum of $200 from their Section. Additional funding is at the section’s discretion and chapters may need to submit a budget or meet other requirements to receive it. Contact your section chair for a full list of requirements.
Awards & Contests
The IEEE Computer Society has various recognition opportunities for professionals and students participating in our chapters. We encourage everyone to apply or nominate a colleague for an award, scholarship, and contests.
- Outstanding Chapter Award for professional and student chapters.
- Richard E. Merwin Scholarship available for students involved in IEEE and Computer Society activities.
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award rewards academic excellence of students.
- CSEDWEEK Hour of Code Contest provides an opportunity for students to compete and advance their coding abilities.
Distinguished Visitor Program
Invite an accomplished leader in computing and tech to your next chapter event. Visit our Distinguished Visitor Program page for more information on the application process. The Computer Society will also fund the travel of speakers to visit both Student and Professional Chapters.
Software and Services for Student Chapters
Although CS membership is not required to participate in student chapter events, we encourage students to become CS members and unlock access to various additional resources that can help you start your computing career. CS Student membership offers students: