Spilhaus Ambassador Award Grant
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Supporting Ambassador Award Recipients

The grant was established in memory of AGU’s former longtime CEO, Fred Spilhaus Jr. It supports work that addresses one or more of the following areas:

Societal impact

In the arenas of advocacy, communication, outreach, policy, and/or public service, these experts have advanced the role, understanding, and recognition of science to the world.

Service to the Earth and space community

These experts have immeasurably aided the work of science organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and/or world policy making bodies.

Scientific leadership

By effectively fostering team-based scientific collaboration, these experts have facilitated new work that could not be accomplished in isolation.

Promotion of talent/career pool

These experts have enriched Earth and space science through their excellence in mentoring, increasing diversity, transforming curriculum, and/or creating or fostering collaborative or innovative programs for formal or informal science education.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A $2,500 grant to be used on projects that support the spirit and intent of the Ambassador Award

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 engagement or involvement across the Earth and space community
  • Extent of reach in society beyond the Earth and space community (whom will it engage)
  • 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 applicant must:
  • be an AGU member
  • have previously been awarded the AGU Ambassador Award
Note: Candidates who are not selected are encouraged to reapply the following year.
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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