TOS Fellows Program

Recognizing Individuals Who Have Attained Eminence in Oceanography Through Their Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Oceanography or Its Applications During a Substantial Period of Years


The Oceanography Society’s origins are rooted in bringing together and recognizing individuals from all fields of oceanography, representing the broad interests of members in research, engineering, industry, policy, and education, and the diversity and international nature of the society. TOS members from all areas of oceanography will be considered for the Fellows Program. A recommendation for advancement to TOS Fellow is appropriate after an individual has been a TOS member for at least three years, depending on his or her contributions to the field.

The main criteria for being elected a TOS Fellow are outstanding and sustained contributions, and devotion to the broad field of oceanography, commensurate with the founding principles of the Society. 

New Fellows may be selected each year, but no more than 0.5% of the TOS membership of the Society will be advanced to Fellows each year. 


Nominations are to be forwarded to the Fellows Committee, via the TOS Executive Director, by October 31, 2019. Nominations will automatically remain active for two years, but the nominator may revise and resubmit new information at any time.


Any TOS member may nominate another member to be a TOS Fellow. Voting TOS officers, Members of the Council, and Members of the Fellows Committee are not eligible for election during their terms of service. More

Nomination Procedure

The nomination package must be complete before nominations will be considered by the Fellows Committee. > More

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