In this study, a multi-stage membrane process, assisted by vacuum evaporation and crystallization, for recovery of bio-based alpha-ketoglutaric acid from the actual post-fermentation broth was designed and investigated. In the first part of this study, pre-treatment of crude fermentation broth (centrifugation-ultrafiltration-nanofiltration) was carried out to remove biomass, proteins, sugars, part of inorganic ions and color compounds. The commercial ceramic UF membrane (15 kDa) and nanofiltration ceramic membrane (200 Da or 450 Da) were applied. Electrodialysis with a bipolar membrane was proposed for separation of ionic compounds and simultaneous electro-acidification to the acid form. During bipolar membrane electrodialysis carried out under acidic conditions, it was possible to remove close to 90 % of alpha-ketoglutaric acid. Moreover, the migration of other acids present in the fermentation broth (lactic and acetic) was significantly limited. The calculated specific energy consumption was low and equal to 0.6 kW h/kg. The final purification using crystallization assisted vacuum evaporation allowed obtaining alpha-ketoglutaric acid in solid form. Analysis of the final product showed that the proposed method of alpha-ketoglutaric acid recovery gives the acid of high purity equal to 94.8 %. Furthermore, the presented results have practical relevance and may in future be the basis for the development of separation technologies of alpha-ketoglutaric acid from the fermentation broth on industrial scale.