Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences

Basic Information

Criteria

Nomination Process & Requirements

Submission

Recipients


The Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences is given annually to an early career scientist from the African continent in recognition of “completing significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Earth or ocean sciences.”

Established in 2015 by the generosity of Sunanda Basu, this award will help to advance AGU’s strategic mission by supporting diversity in the scientific community and acknowledging excellence in research in space, oceans and Earth sciences and providing opportunities for international collaboration and support.

AWARD INCLUDES:
• $1,000 monetary prize
• Three-year membership to the AGU
• Engraved crystal award
• Recognition in Eos
• Invitation to present a paper at the AGU Fall Meeting in an appropriate session during the award presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Award winners will be eligible for travel support and meeting registration through the Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship Fund to attend the AGU Fall Meeting  during the award presentation year.

Criteria


Successful candidates should show the talent and drive necessary to excel in long careers in the Earth or ocean sciences and their applications for the benefits to society including:

  • Significant original contributions to earth or ocean science research in Africa.
  • Demonstrate excellence in research in earth or ocean sciences.
  • Must be main drivers of the science when working in collaborative teams. 
  • Demonstrates outstanding service/outreach to society. 

Frequency: Annual

Career level: Early career

Nominator eligibility: Active AGU membership not required

Nominee eligibility: (1) Nominee must be a citizen or permanent resident of countries on the African continent , (2) must be within 10 years of receiving PhD. from any institution, and (3) must be teaching and/or conducting research at an African institution and working on science related issues on Africa.

Conferred Fellowship: No

Section/Focus Group: All (interdisciplinary)

Nomination Process & Requirements


Nomination Eligibility:

1. Eligible Nominee.

  • Active AGU membership is not required.
  • Nominee must be a citizen or permanent resident of countries on the African continent.
  • Nominee must be within 10 years of receiving PhD from any institution.
  • Nominee must be teaching and/or conducting research at an African institution and working on science related issues on Africa.

2. Eligible Nominator. Active AGU membership is not required.

3. Eligible Supporters. Active AGU membership is not required.

4. Ineligible Nominees. The following individuals and/or groups are not eligible to be candidates for the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences during their terms of service:

5. Relationship to a Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science Nominee. AGU policy on the relationship to a nominee is applicable to committee members, nominators, and supporters. The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the committee, but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science nomination or committee review process (i.e., nominator, supporter, or committee member):

  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor, but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early career awards from sections and focus groups.
  • Chairs and members of the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science selection committees are conflicted with the following mentor-mentee relationships and should recuse themselves from participating in the deliberation, evaluation, and voting process for that particular nominee: (1) previous graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow and (2) formal doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow for a former advisor.

Termination of a relationship is defined as follows:

For more details, please review the AGU conflict of interest policy.

6. Additional Conflicts. Members of the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science Committee may, for other reasons, determine that they have conflicts – or potential conflicts – that require elimination from service and then act on that determination if they believe that service could affect the fairness of the selection process.

Nomination Requirements

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:

    1. 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.;
    2. 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.
    3. 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 the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth and Space Science.
    4. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

SUBMISSIONS SENT VIA POSTAL OR COURIER DELIVERY ONLY: Nomination cover sheet – All packages sent via mail or courier delivery should include a completed cover sheet. (The online submission system will generate a cover sheet for nominators.)

Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science committee for review. For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

Submission Process


Nomination Submissions

Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Science nominations can be submitted (1) online or (2) by regular mail delivery. However, to expedite the submission process, please use the online submission system. If you have submitted a package online, then please do not send a printed version to AGU headquarters.

To submit a nomination by regular mail delivery, please make sure to include the nomination cover sheet and mail to: American Geophysical Union, Attn: Honors Program, Awards Selection Committee, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009

Recipients