Nomination Guidelines APS Fellowship

Eligibility to Nominate

The sponsor and co-sponsor must be current APS members.

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 status of the person you would like to nominate in SM Apply before starting a nomination.

Nomination Components

The sponsor shall provide the following:

  • The nominee’s name
  • A suggested citation (Citation begin with "For...", are less than 300 characters 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 less including spaces)
  • The sponsor’s and co-sponsor’s names, institutions, and emails
  • The sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • The co-sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • Nominee's CV including 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)

Instructions for Submitting a Nomination

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

To submit a new or edit an existing nomination:

  1. Go to SM Apply and log in with your myAPS account credentials.
  2. Select or search for the APS unit that should review the nomination.
  3. Complete each of the required tasks.
  4. To edit an existing nomination, find the nomination of My Applications and click the Edit button.

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.