Devendra Lal Memorial Medal

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Devendral Lal Medal Committee


Nominations for the Devendra Lal Medal are open. Submit a Nomination »

The Devendra Lal Memorial Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of “outstanding Earth and/or space sciences research by a scientist belonging to and working in a developing country.”

Established in 2016, the Devendra Lal Medal is named in honor of Professor Devendra Lal, a distinguished geophysicist whose work spanned diverse areas of the Earth and space sciences. He is best known for his role in founding and developing the field in which cosmic rays produced isotopes on Earth and are used as tracers to investigate a wide range of Earth science problems.


  • Engraved medal
  • AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow, and has been an AGU member for three consecutive years at the time of their award, with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship )
  • Lifetime AGU membership
  • Invitation to present a lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year.
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Complimentary registration for the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Four complimentary hotel nights 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 
  • Recognition in Eos


  • Scientific excellence: the scientific excellence of the candidate’s body of published work as well as his/her contributions to human capital in the developing country. Recipients must be a citizen from a developing country and must have done their work in a developing country.
  • Scientific impact: how the candidate’s work has made a significant impact on his/her field, and/or to its growth, through influencing current and future research at a border level, particularly in the developing country.
  • Broader impact: the candidate’s impact on his/her field in the developing country, notable service to his/her field, and aligning these contributions with the mission/vision of the American Geophysical Union.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:


  • Active AGU membership is not required.
  • Nominee must be an early career or mid-career scientist who is no more than 10 to 20 years beyond receiving their PhD or highest equivalent terminal degree as of 1 January of the year of presentation. Exceptions to the 10 to 20 year requirement due to unusual circumstances can be considered on a case basis by the current Devendra Lal Medal Committee.
  • Nominee must belong to and work in a developing country. View list of developing countries.
  • 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 contribution that best support their nomination for the Devendra Lal Medal.
    • The selected bibliography should include the best 10 papers (in asterisk) that the nominator highlights as the nominee’s accomplishments that qualify him/her for the medal.
    • Title of 10 best papers, authors list with affiliations, as it appears in the publications.
  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 Devendra Lal Medal 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 Devendra Lal Medal 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