Union Fellows Nomination

Union-Fellows-MedallionUnion Fellows program aims to motivate members to achieve excellence by recognizing members who have attained scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences through achievements in research. The nomination process for Union Fellows is both lengthy and diligent, and can leave applicants with numerous questions along the way. We have provided further details and resources regarding Union Fellows nominations to provide the utmost clarity, hopefully ensuring all worthy nominees are considered and recognized. 

Successful Nomination
Whether you are submitting a nomination for the first time, re-submitting, or considering future nominations, we have provided helpful guidelines to assure every application fully highlights the impressive work of the nominee. Read More»

Union Fellows Myths & Realities
There are many common misconceptions about not only the Union Fellows nomination process but many other AGU Honors, to differentiate between fact and fiction look over this Myth vs Reality fact sheet. 

Eligibility Requirements
Before nominating or submitting your 2017 Union Fellows application be sure to check that all eligibility, formatting and other requirements are met.

  • Must be a Middle or Senior Career Scientist
  • Eligible nominees’ AGU member join year is 2013 or earlier
  • Eligible nominees should be a current AGU member and have an active AGU membership for the previous 3 years
  • Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are: (1) breakthrough or discovery; (2) innovation in disciplinary science, cross-disciplinary science, instrument development, or methods development; and/or (3) sustained scientific impact
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest policy 
  • Active AGU membership is required
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest policy 
  • Duplicate nominations for one individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted—but not required—per nomination package.
Other Requirements
To verify a nominee’s join date and primary affiliation, please view the Membership Directory via the AGU Member Portal; or contact the AGU Union Fellows CoordinatorsNominators must provide the following information:
  • The nominee’s AGU join date (year); and
  • The nominee’s primary section or focus group affiliation.

Nomination Package Requirements
Please note: Each document should be no more than 2 pages in length and only complete packages will be forwarded to Section/Focus Group Fellows committees for review. For more information on nomination requirements or additional questions please view the AGU Fellows frequently asked questions (FAQ) section or contact the AGU Union Honors.

  • Nomination letter with one-sentence citation (i.e., citation should be 150 characters or less). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae. List the candidate’s (1) name, (2) mailing and e-mail address, (3) history of employment, (4) degrees, (5) research experience, (6) honors, (7) memberships, and (8) service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • Nominee’s selected bibliography. Briefly state the total number and types of publications and specifying the number published in AGU publications.
    For example: Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for AGU Fellow.
  • OPTIONAL: The nominee’s Hirsch index (i.e., h-index) score. Please note that the h-index, a nomination requirement in previous years, is now optional and plays only a secondary role in evaluation. ISI Web of Knowledge is a recommended resource. A recent review of the AGU Fellows program suggests the following actions for use of h-index in Fellows nominations:
    • the h-index is one potential indicator of scientific merit but should not be a major deciding factor in consideration of candidacy
    • If the h-index is used in a nomination package or is mentioned in letters, it is incumbent on the writer to include the source of the h-index and a URL that has been uniquely identified for the candidate’s h-index calculation.
    • If the h-index is used, it is meant to be compared only within the same scientific discipline.
  • A minimum of 3 but no more than 5 letters of support, excluding nomination letter. Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. Diverse supporters (i.e., individuals who are not currently/recently associated with the nominee’s institution) are strongly encouraged. Starting in 2018, only 3 letters of support will be required. 
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 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.

Starting January 16, 2017 the nomination site will be open for submissions. Since applications can not be altered once submitted, it is highly encouraged that all nominators assure their materials are correct. To learn how to submit please visit the nomination submission site.