Nomination for APS Fellowship

APS Fellowship Nomination Checklist

Ensure you have the following information on this page before submitting a nomination:

  • The nominee’s name (check eligibility)
  • The sponsor’s name, email address, and institution (must be current APS member)
  • The co-sponsor’s name, email address, and institution (must be current APS member)
  • A suggested citation (see details)
  • A supporting paragraph (see details)
  • The sponsor’s recommendation letter (PDF format)
  • The co-sponsor’s recommendation letter (PDF format)
  • The nominee’s CV (PDF format)
  • Up to two additional letters of support (optional; PDF format)

If the nominee is eligible, the deadline has not passed, and you have all the required materials, you may nominate an APS member for a fellowship.

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Eligibility to be Nominated

Members must have had at least one year of continuous membership leading up to nomination year. The nominee must be an APS member in good standing as of January 1, 2019 to be eligible for nomination and election in 2020. Member eligibility is determined each January from official membership counts. This policy was established by the APS Council of Representatives, Policies and Procedures, as approved April 15, 2016.

Please check the eligibility of the person you would like to nominate before creating a nomination.

Nomination Components

The sponsor shall provide the following:

  • The nominee’s name
  • A suggested citation: Citations must begin with "For…", and be less than 300 characters in length, including spaces. Do not include the nominee's name, gendered pronouns, or symbols.
  • A supporting paragraph: Expand on the citation and indicate the originality and significance of the contributions cited in 2500 characters or fewer, including spaces.
  • The sponsor and co-sponsor’s names, institutions, and emails
  • The sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • The co-sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • The nominee's CV: This must include the nominee's academic and employment history, professional honors, list of principal publications only, and other contributions to physics
  • Up to two additional letters of support (optional)

Submitting a Nomination

The nomination period for fellowship opens January 1 each year. Please refer to the deadlines for when a nomination period closes.

To submit a new nomination or edit an existing nomination:

  1. Log in to the nomination system with your APS account credentials.
  2. Select or search for the APS unit that should review the nomination.
  3. Complete each of the required tasks.

To edit an existing nomination:

  1. Log in to the nomination system with your APS account credentials.
  2. Find the nomination under My Applications and choose Edit.

Nomination Review, Selection, and Notification

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After the nomination deadline passes, the unit’s fellowship selection committee will begin its review and selection process. Selection committees are formed by the related APS unit. The committee composition varies by unit and may be defined in the unit’s bylaws.

Selection committees recommend fellows for election. The recommendations of APS fellowship selection committees are reviewed and approved by the APS Fellowship Committee, then reviewed and elected by the APS Council of Representatives.

After selections are approved, the elected fellow, their sponsor, co-sponsor, selection committee chair, and the unit chair and secretary receive a notification letter from the APS President. APS will announce the elected fellows on the APS website and other media.

APS Honors staff will notify sponsors whose nominees were not elected fellow. Nominations are active for two years. If the nomination was reviewed once and not selected, it will be reviewed the next year, otherwise, it will expire. If a nomination is expired, the nominator may submit a new nomination.

Nominees and award and office holders are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.