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Africa award for research excellence
in earth or ocean sciences

Information on the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences

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 significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Earth or ocean sciences.

Successful candidates will have the talent and drive necessary to excel in long careers in the Earth or ocean sciences. This includes significant original contributions to Earth or ocean science research in Africa, excellence in research, acting as the main driver of the science when working in collaborative teams, and outstanding service and outreach to society.

Established in 2015 by the generosity of Sunanda Basu, this award supports diversity in the Earth and space science community by recognizing excellence in research by African scientists and expanding opportunities for international collaboration on the African continent.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth or Ocean Sciences will receive an engraved award, as well as the following benefits:

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    $1,000 monetary prize
  • 2
    A three-year membership to AGU
  • 3
    Recognition in Eos
  • 4
    Recognition and invitation to present at AGU’s Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Award winners are eligible for travel support and meeting registration for AGU Fall Meeting through the Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship Fund
  • 6
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU’s Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy. All individuals must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.

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    Nominee membership: The nominee is not required to be an active AGU member.
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    Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of a country on the African continent; within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. from any institution; and teaching, conducting research, or working on science-related issues at an African institution.
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    Nominators must be active AGU members and in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy. Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.
  • 4
    Supporters, or individuals who write letters of support for the nominee, are not required to be active AGU members but must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
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Nomination package

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. For detailed information on the requirements, review the Union Awards, Medals and Prizes Frequently Asked Questions.

  • A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU.
  • Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

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Criteria for a successful nomination

Successful candidates should show the talent and drive necessary to excel in long careers in the Earth or ocean sciences including through:

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    Significant original contributions to Earth or ocean science research in Africa
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    Demonstrated excellence in research in Earth or ocean sciences.
  • 3
    Being the main drivers of the science when working in collaborative teams.
  • 4
    Demonstrated outstanding service or outreach to society.
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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Past Recipients

Name Year of honor
Andrew Green 2019
Ahzegbobor Philips Aizebeokhai 2018
Bruno Faria 2017
Musa Siphiwe Doctor Manzi 2016

 
 
 
 
 

 

Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]