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International award

Information on the International Award

The International Award is given annually to a mid-career or senior scientist team, individual, or group in recognition of making an outstanding contribution to furthering the Earth and space sciences and using science for the benefit of society in developing nations.

Successful candidates can demonstrate a scientific contribution that has made an impact and provided a benefit to society through education, training, capacity building, or scientific outreach. Established in 2007, this award recognizes the diversity in the Earth and space science community across the globe.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the International Award will receive an engraved crystal award, as well as the following benefits:

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    Recognition in Eos
  • 2
    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 3
    Complimentary travel to the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year


To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  1. Nominees: The nominee can be an individual, small group, or team. AGU membership is not required. They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
  2. Nominators: 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.
  3. Supporters: 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 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.
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    A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less) at the beginning or end of the letter. Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.
  • 4
    A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU (optional).
  • 5
    Supporting files (books, articles, newspaper articles, speeches, etc.) which illustrate the significance of the nominee’s achievements as it pertains to the International Award (optional).
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Successful award candidates show dedication to the Earth and space sciences in developing countries through:

  • A scientific contribution in the form of a publication, award, serving on a committee board, 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.)

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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2022 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 April. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Honors Contacts

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Artesha Moore

Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement & Membership

202-777-7530 | [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]