Fellows Criteria

Constitution Article III, Section 6: "Those eligible for election to Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years."

Nominees for Fellow must be active AMS members.

New Fellows are elected annually by the Council from a slate submitted by the Fellows Committee of not more than two-tenths of 1 percent of all AMS Members.

You are allowed to update a nomination package for consideration in years 2 and 3 by either revising the nomination letter or submitting a separate letter with new information. One or more support letters could also be replaced. If the nomination is unsuccessful after the 3-year period, a new nomination package could be submitted.

Submit Fellows Nomination

List of Fellows


Fellows Nomination Procedure

The procedure for Fellows nominations is restricted to electronic submissions.  The nominator, an active AMS member, is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package.  The requirements for nomination packages are: a nomination letter limited to one page; along with three one-page letters of support and completion of the additional nominee information section, not to exceed three pages.  Of these three letters, one support letter is required from an individual outside the nominee’s home institution.  These letters should supplement the information in the sponsor’s original nomination of this individual.  (DO NOT LIST PUBLICATIONS OR INCLUDE CV.)

The additional nominee information:

Nominee's Educational Background
Year of entry into a professional position in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences
Present Position or Occupation (with address)
Recent Professional Positions
Honors and Awards
Area of Expertise
Nominee's Affiliation Sector
List of additional significant contributions, committee memberships and offices held in AMS and other scientific organizations. (DO NOT LIST PUBLICATIONS OR INCLUDE CV.)  

We note that Fellows Committee members may not know your nominee, and do _not_ have access to their c.v., so it is important to summarize all important information about the nominee in the questionnaire, especially in the “additional significant contributions” section.


Committee members are not involved in the nomination process.

Helpful Hints for Fellow Nominations

Thank you for taking the time to recognize a colleague through a Fellow nomination. 
Please note, that new fellow nominations will not be processed if they do not follow the length requirements, that is:

  • Letters (nomination letter, three supporting letters in PDF) cannot exceed 600-word limit for each letter, on no more than 1 page, with 12-point font.

Some suggestions on how to achieve this. 

  • Coordinate with those writing the support letters to make sure they include important non-redundant information. Some nominations have each supporting letter cover a separate area.
  • Use plain paper rather than letterhead to save valuable room.

One support letter is required from an individual outside the nominee’s home institution.  Additional letters from an organization other than the nominees tend to be a benefit.

The AMS membership is divided roughly evenly among the public, private, and academic sectors.  The opportunities for achievements that match the qualifications for Fellow, namely outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial number of years will vary with sector.  Some factors that one might consider highlighting:

  • New discoveries (insights, instruments, techniques), as indicated by papers or patents. Particularly for government and private sector, it might be necessary to note that some documentation is proprietary or classified.
  • Development/deployment of important technology; transferring technology to operations
  • Significant efforts in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion across the enterprise
  • Service to the community (beyond standard job duties), including collaboration with the other sectors to improve the weather and climate enterprise.
  • Service to the AMS
  • Participation in the CCM/CBM program
  • Contributions to education. For the academic sector, could be writing a textbook, revolutionizing teaching methods, running online courses or AMS short courses, or working with other sectors to make sure that formal education is relevant. In addition to partnering with academia to make education relevant, public/private sectors have impact through maintaining up-to-date staff and providing educational opportunities.
  • Outstanding citizenry: Public outreach; contributions to science and public policy
  • Must meet all of AMS core values articulated in the AMS code of conduct
  • Mentoring

For questions and concerns, please contact Beth Farley, Director of Member Services: [email protected]