APS Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines

APS Prize and Award nominations are submitted through the online nominations system.

Who can nominate for an APS Prize or Award? 
  • Unless noted on a prize or award page, self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Anyone except a member of the committee making the selection may submit one nomination or seconding letter for each prize or award in any given year.
Who is eligible for an APS Prize or Award?
  • A nominee does not have to be an APS member to be nominated unless specified in the particular prize/award criteria. The nominator does have to be an APS member.
  • APS is diverse and global. Nominations of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
  • Some prizes and awards, particularly the dissertation awards, have other requirements in addition to those listed above, so be sure to check the individual web page description of the prize or award for which you are making a nomination.
  • Unless it is specifically stated for a particular prize or award, no time limits are set on when the work was done, but emphasis should generally be on recent work of those nominated.
  • A prize or an award should ordinarily be awarded to a single recipient. In cases where there are multiple recipients, selection committees must submit justification to the APS Executive Board. Selection committees should be sensitive to recognizing only the prime contributors to large team collaborative works, especially those involving more than one institution. Only those who have made original and indispensable contributions should be named as recipients. Some prizes and awards have specific rules regarding the eligibility of multiple recipients.
  • Recipients should not receive more than one major APS prize or award for the same work. However, the recipient of an APS prize or award can be eligible for another one if it is demonstrated that the previous work has been extended in a significant way or if the new prize recognizes entirely new work.
What does the nomination include?
  • A nomination letter evaluating the nominee's qualifications in the light of the particular features of the prize or award and identifying the specific work to be recognized,
  • A biographical sketch (optional),
  • A list of the most important publications,
  • At least two, but no more than four, seconding letters and;
  • Up to five reprints or preprints if appropriate.
Who determines the recipients of APS Prizes and Awards?
  • Selection Committees are appointed by the APS or the relevant Unit and are responsible for reviewing nomination packets and recommending a winner to the APS Council of Representatives where necessary.
Should I re-nominate a person who has been nominated, but has not received an award?
  • Nominations are active through three review cycles (3 years for annual; 6 years for biennial prizes or awards).
  • Nominations may be updated while still active, but after the third review cycle if the candidate has not been chosen the nomination is dropped. A new nomination may be submitted at that point; there is no waiting period.
What is the difference between a Prize and Award? 
  • A prize shall be presented to recognize outstanding research accomplishments, usually in particular area, and to provide a substantial stipend of $10,000 or more. An award may recognize a broader range of achievement and normally provides a more moderate stipend under $10,000.

For additional questions, please contact honors@aps.org.