Fellows Nomination Review Process & Timeline

Union Fellows Review Process
We will open the nomination cycle on 15 January 2017. The last day to submit a Fellows nomination is 15 March 2017, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time). Newly elected Fellows and their nominators will be notified in late-July. Additionally, newly elected Fellows will be announced in Eos in late-July or early-August 2016. Newly elected Fellows will be honored during the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California.

AGU policy states that “the number of Fellows elected each year shall not exceed 0.1% of the total membership.” Thus, one Fellow is elected for every 1000 AGU members. The number of Fellows elected is based on the total membership at the end of the previous year. In addition, approximately three to five AGU members are conferred as Fellows annually.

The nominee’s primary section or focus group affiliation will automatically review the nomination package. Also, nominators can select an additional three section or focus group affiliations to review the package as well. Section and Focus Group Fellows committees can review a nominee’s secondary affiliations upon request.

Nominations are forwarded to Section and Focus Group Fellows Selection committees. These discipline- and problem-oriented groups review the candidates affiliated with their group and submit to the Union Fellows Selection Committee the names of those who, in their judgment, are their best candidates from among those nominations. They are permitted to submit up to 0.2 percent of the membership of the group they represent. Section and Focus Group Fellows Selection committees submit a final list, ranking the allotted number of nominees they are permitted to move forward for review by the Union Fellows Selection Committee.

Eligible nominations are forwarded to Section and Focus Group Fellows committees based on the nominee’s primary affiliation and any affiliations selected by the nominator. Committees review their respective candidates and submit to the Union Fellows Selection Committee the names of those who, in their judgment, are their best candidates from among those nominations. They are permitted to submit up to 0.2 percent of the membership of the group they represent. Thus, the Union Fellows Selection Committee receives twice the number to be elected to review, consider carefully, and make a final decision. They are supplied with the Section and Focus Group Fellows committees’ nominee rankings; recommendations from each Section and Focus Group Fellows Committee and detailed information about each ranked nominee.

The Union Fellows Selection Committee dedicates months of its time reviewing every nomination submitted by Section and Focus Group Fellows committees. On the basis of their diverse scientific backgrounds and knowledge, committee members present or support the case of an allotted number of proposed Fellows at a confidential Union Fellows Selection Committee meeting, which will be held in July at AGU headquarters. At this meeting, there are thorough discussions, and in cases where there are significant differences of opinion, secret ballots are cast. No one is elected without receiving a majority of the committee’s votes.

2017 Nomination Timeline

15 January 2017
15 March 2017
Nominations submission site closes.
6 April 2017
AGU and Union Fellows Committee Chair host a webinar with Section and Focus Group Committee Chairs to discuss deliberation process.
16 March – 14 April 2017
AGU staff reviews nomination packages for eligibility and completeness and prepares nomination materials for Section and Focus Group Fellows committee review.
17 April 2017
Nomination materials are directed to Section and Focus Group Fellows committee based on 1) the nominee’s primary affiliation and 2) up to three additional section and focus group affiliation may be reviewed as well if the initial pool of nominees does not meet primary evaluation criteria or if a low number of nominees were submitted for review.
17 April – 15 May 2017
Section and Focus Group Fellows Committees review the nominees. Each Section and Focus Group Fellows committee is allocated a number of nominees that can move forward to the Union Fellows Selection Committee. The number of candidates allocated to each Section and Focus Group Fellows Committee is based on the percentage of AGU members with primary and secondary affiliations to their group. Section and Focus Group Fellows Committees submit their recommendation reports for consideration by the Union Fellows Selection Committee.
22 May 2017
Union Fellows Committee reviews and considers nominees through a series of evaluations.
6-7 July 2017
Union Fellows Committee meets for two days in person to elect the 2017 Class of AGU Fellows.
28 July 2017
AGU officially announces the 2017 Class of AGU Fellows
December 2017
AGU formally recognizes the 2017 Union medalists, awardees, and prize recipients during the Honors Tribute, held at the Fall Meeting.