Programs and Services

Alpha Epsilon Lambda has several membership categories and programs:


Members are those graduate and professional school students initiated into an active chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda. Qualifications include:

  • a demonstration of leadership through the involvement on on-campus or off-campus activities while a graduate student and

  • academic accomplishments placing the applicant in the top 35% of campus graduate students.

National Member

National Members are graduate and professional school students awarded special recognition by the AEL National Member Selection Committee. Applicants must meet Member requirements and must also demonstrate higher academic or leadership accomplishments placing them among the most accomplished students in their campus. No more than 1% of the total graduate population of a campus may receive such recognition in any one year.

National Fellow

National Fellows are those National Members awarded special status by virtue of outstanding academic or leadership accomplishments placing them among the most accomplished students in the nation.

Governing Member

Governing Members are those National Fellows recognized for their many years of service to AEL and their commitment to provide future support for the growth of Alpha Epsilon Lambda.


Each member pays $15 national dues for a lifetime membership. National members not already affiliated with a campus charter pay national dues of $30. The local chapter establishes its own dues.


Chapter activities may vary from campus to campus. Each chapter is expected to initiate members twice a year. Chapters are encouraged to sponsor a service project that benefits graduate students. The National headquarters sponsors a national membership meeting and awards banquet in conjunction with a larger conference of special interest to graduate students. Also, AEL sponsors national service projects, leadership development workshops, and recreational retreats for members.

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