Program Overview

Established in 1962, the Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by a committee of Fellows. The Fellows program serves to meet the need for identified authorities who could advise, upon request, the various government agencies and other organizations outside the Earth and space sciences. In addition, the program aims to motivate members to achieve excellence in research, thereby enhancing the prestige of AGU.


The 2019 Union Fellows cycle closed March 15, nominations for 2020 will begin accepting nominations in early January 2020.


When considering nominating check to see that the nominee, nominator and supporters meet the Fellows requirements. View More »

Nomination Requirements & Formatting

Before preparing a Fellows nomination make sure packet materials are correctly formatted and include all requirements. View More »

Review Process & Timeline

The submission process can be difficult to navigate at times so be sure to familiarize yourself with the review process and timeline. View More »


The Union Fellows selection process is both lengthy and diligent; the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions clarify many common inquiries. Nominators may find the Guidelines to a Successful Nomination, help nominations fully highlight the impressive work of all nominees.

2019 Fall Meeting abstract submissions are now open