International Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


International Award Committee


Nominations for the International Award are open. Submit a Nomination »

Established in 2007, the International Award is given annually to one honoree (individual scientist,  group, or small team) in recognition “for making an outstanding contribution to furthering the Earth and space sciences and using science for the benefit of society in developing nations.” Uppugunduri Aswathanarayana was the first recipient of this award.


  • Engraved crystal award
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Travel support to 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 contribution (publications, awards, committee boards, etc
  • Benefit to society (education, training, capacity building monitoring, scientific outreach, etc)
  • Contribution across the Union or other Earth Science societies (committee boards, editorial, volunteer work, etc)
  • Diversity (compared to past winners; gender, country, continent, topic of research, etc.)

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • 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.


Nomination Requirements:

Two or more nomination packages for a single candidate will not be considered. If separate packages are received, the nominators will be asked to combine them.

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. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
    1. OPTIONAL: Nominee’s selected bibliography. The list should encompass the candidate’s overall research and scientific contribution that best support their nomination for the International Award.
    2. OPTIONAL: Supporting files. Supporting files (books, articles, newspaper articles, speeches, etc…) can include any activities that illustrates the significance of the nominee’s achievements as it pertains to the International Award.

    Submission Process

    Nomination Submissions

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

    Nominations for the International Award 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 International Award 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