Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements



Nominations for the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences are open. Submit a Nomination »

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.


  • Engraved crystal award.
  • $1,000 monetary prize.
  • Three-year membership to the AGU.
  • 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.
  • Recognition in Eos.


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. 

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:


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

Eligible Supporters:

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. Letterhead stationary is preferred, and should include the nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter and be no more than 150 characters.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all of following information for the candidate: name; mailing and email address; history of employment; degrees; research experience; honors; memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. The list should encompass the candidate’s overall research and scientific contributions that best support their nomination for the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences.
  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.

Submission Process

Nomination Submissions

Nominations open: 15 January 2019
Nominations close: 15 April 2019

Nominations for the Africa Award (Earth/Ocean Sciences) must be submitted through the online submission system.

Nomination packages submitted online must be complete at the time of submission. Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the  Africa Award (Earth/Ocean Sciences) Committee for review.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at