Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth and Ocean Sciences
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Career Stage
Early Career
Award Type
Union Award
Of Note
Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Only open to non-US-based candidates;
Self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2015

Recognizing African Scientists Making Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Earth or Ocean Science

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.

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.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $1,000 prize
  • A custom engraved award
  • A three-year AGU membership
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Travel support and meeting registration through the Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship Fund
  • An invitation to present at AGU's annual meeting in December the year the honor is awarded
  • Two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

Criteria for a Successful Nomination

Successful candidates will have the talent and drive necessary to excel in long careers in the Earth or ocean sciences. Expectations for this award include:
  • Significant original contributions to Earth or ocean science research in Africa
  • Demonstrated excellence in research in Earth or ocean sciences
  • Student mentorship
  • Acting as the main driver of the science when working in collaborative teams
  • Outstanding service and outreach to society


The nominee must be:
  • a citizen or permanent resident of a country on the African continent
  • teaching, conducting research, or working on science-related issues at an African institution
  • an early career scientist within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. from any institution
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Nominators/co-nominators must be active AGU members.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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