TOS Early Career Award

Awarded for Having Demonstrated Extraordinary Scientific Excellence and Potential to Shape the Future of Oceanography

About the Award

The TOS Early Career Award is presented biennially to up to three TOS members for or significant early-career research contributions and impact, and the potential for future achievements in the field of oceanography. The Early Career Award also seeks to recognize individuals who have additionally made significant contributions toward educating and mentoring in the ocean sciences community and/or who have a record of outstanding outreach and/or science communication beyond the scientific community.

The new awardees are recognized at the TOS event during the Ocean Sciences Meeting and receive a certificate. The announcement of selection is disseminated via TOS News and social media and Oceanography magazine.


The nomination period is July 1 – October 31, 2023.


Nominees must be within 10 years of earning their highest degrees. > More

Nomination Procedure

The lead nominator serves as the point of contact. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system. > More

The 2021 Award Recipients

The Oceanography Society is proud to announce the 2021 TOS Early Career Award recipients April Abbott, Ryan Abernathey, and James Watson. > Meet the Recipients

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