NSF Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations

Posted on: July 18, 2022   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
NSF Alan T. Waterman Award

Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes an outstanding young researcher in a field of science or engineering with the Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominations for exceptional candidates that represent the diversity of the nation are now being accepted and are due by Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

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 an institution of their choice. ⇒  For more information, please see the flyer.

Please review the Nomination Form Description and Letter of reference template before you start preparing a nomination. Nominations must be submitted through the new Honorary Awards nomination portal.

We encourage you to review the Waterman Award Nomination Tips. These tips were created by a previous Alan T. Waterman Awards Review Committee to support nominators and reference writers in their efforts to expertly showcase the talents and expertise of nominees.

Additional information can be found in the Frequently asked questions.

To learn more, join NSF for an informational webinar on Friday, August 5,  from 10 – 11 a.m. (CDT).


Eligibility and selection criteria

NSF seeks nominations that reflect the diversity of the U.S.

Nominees must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be 40 years of age or younger OR not be more than 10 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. by December 31st of the year they are nominated.

Nominees should:

  • Have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation and significant impact on the field to place them at the forefront of their peers.

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.

Please consider whether you know a candidate in your department or college (or beyond) who you think would be an outstanding nominee. View the details about the Waterman Award’s history, as well as the nomination procedure and selection criteria.