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Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominations Due

The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominations may be submitted via FastLane until October 22, 2018. Please review the eligibilty and nomination requirements prior to submissions.

Review the pdf file of the announcement here. (442 kb)

NSF Announces Changes to Eligibility Requirements

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., may now be nominated for the Alan T. Waterman Award. For more information, please see the press release.


Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

For more information, please see the Waterman Award fact sheet, prepared by the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 40 years of age or younger, OR not more than 10 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31st of the year in which they are nominated (new).
  • A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers.

Nomination Requirements

    • The names of four references are required for each nomination. The references cannot come from the nominee’s home institution. References must be requested by the nominator and submitted by the established FastLane deadline.
    • Nominations will not be reviewed by the Committee unless all the requirements are met.
    • Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for specific questions about the award criteria or the nomination process.

For any other questions, or for additional information, please send e-mail to waterman@nsf.gov or call the NSF Office of Integrative Activities at 703-292-8040.