Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award

For Having Significantly Advanced Our Knowledge of How Light Interacts with the Ocean


The nomination period is from mid-July through October 31, 2023. The lead nominator serves as the point of contact. All nominations must be submitted through the online system.

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 Jerlov Award:

  • Sustained (>10 years since first publication), impactful, and innovative and/or transformative contributions to original research in the study of the interaction of light with the ocean and/or the consequences of such interactions

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

  • Outstanding and wide-ranging contributions in educating and mentoring of students and early career scientists 
  • Significant interdisciplinary research in ocean science and/or collaborative research with the wider science community





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

Nomination Package

All nominations are submitted through the online submission system and must include the following elements.

1. Citation

This text will appear in news releases and on a certificate presented to the Fellow. 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

Three 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.

Combined, the nomination and supporting letters should cover the following points:

  • The nominee’s contribution to the ocean optics community via theoretical or applied research
  • The nominee’s contribution to the ocean optics community via a landmark paper
  • The significant impact the nominee has had on the ocean optics community via lifetime achievement
  • The nominee’s demonstrated pattern of excellence in education
  • The nominee’s history of service to the international ocean optics community
  • The nominee’s significant advancement of the ocean optics community’s knowledge of how light interacts with the ocean


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

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