Ambassador Award
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Career Stage
Early Career
Middle Career
Award Type
Union Award
Of Note
Confers Union Fellowship;
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 2013

Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

The Ambassador Award is given annually to between one and five honorees in recognition of their outstanding contributions to one or more of the following areas: societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool.

The Ambassador Award honors individuals whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • An engraved award
  • Induction into the AGU College of Fellows if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting 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

Nominees are evaluated on the following:
  • Scope of Impact (quantity): number and diversity of people or communities impacted
  • Duration of impact or effort (time)
  • Level of impact (quality)
  • Level of engagement or involvement across the Earth and space science community
  • Extent of reach beyond Earth and Space community (who noticed it, whom did it engage)
  • Whether the effort was pioneering
  • Ethical risk taking for common good
  • Multidisciplinary impact (crossing disciplinary boundaries or encompassing many disciplines within or outside of Earth and space science)
  • Alignment with AGU strategic goals and envisioned future


The nominee must be an early-career, middle -career or experienced scientist.

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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.
Read AGU's Ethics Policies