TOS Early Career Award

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

Nomination Procedure

The nomination period is July 1 – October 31, 2023. The lead nominator serves as the point of contact. All nominations must be submitted through the online submission system when it opens on July 1.

When putting together the nomination package, please first review the following criteria that must be met for a nominee to be considered for selection for the Early Career Award:

  • Significant early-career research contributions and impact, and the potential for future achievements in the field of oceanography

In addition, one of the following secondary criteria must be met to be selected for the Early Career Award:

  • Outstanding contributions in educating and mentoring the ocean science community
  • Outstanding outreach and/or science communication beyond the scientific community



  • Active membership in The Oceanography Society is not required at the time of nomination.
  • At the time of the nomination, the nominee must be within 12 years (using the last month of the year as the completion date) of receiving their PhD or the highest equivalent terminal degree. The number of years post-terminal degree will change to 10 years after the 2023 nomination cycle. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the committee for early career interruptions related to maternity/paternity or caregiver leave or other standard university tenure clock extensions. Nominators should describe the reasons for an exception in their nomination letter
  • Nomination is for an individual scientist from any country
  • If selected, nominees must certify their compliance with the TOS Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct, and Guidelines on Implementation



  • Supporters need not be active members of The Oceanography Society at the time of nomination

Nomination Package

Each nomination consists of the following elements. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system and must include the following:

1. Citation

This text will appear in news releases and on a certificate presented to the Awardee. The text of this citation should be 200 characters or less.

2. Professional History

  • Nominee’s curriculum vita (five pages maximum) must include the nominee’s name, professional mailing and email addresses, history of education, history of employment, research experiences and major contributions, previous memberships, honors, and service to the community.
  • Nominee’s selected bibliography (five pages maximum) should span the range of important contributions and should document original impacts in the highlighted research areas. Multi-authored publications are permissible, especially those in which students or postdocs appear as lead authors. Novel published contributions to relevant technologies and facilities, and community syntheses or reports are permitted.

3. Nomination Letter

The nomination letter can be a maximum of three pages and must include:

  • The name, title, institution, and contact information for the nominator (and one co-nominator, if applicable).
  • A succinct synthesis of the nominee’s qualifications (a summary of information documented in the supporting letters is appropriate).

4. Supporting Letters

Two letters of support (in addition to the nomination letter) must be submitted. Letters signed by more than one writer are not permitted. Submission on letterhead is preferred, electronic signatures permitted. Letters must include the supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information; a statement of relationship to the nominee; and clear justification for the qualifications of the nominee. Each letter must be a maximum of two pages in length.


For more information, or if there are any questions, please write to [email protected].

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