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Call for Nominations: NSF 2024 Alan T. Waterman Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking nominations that reflect the diversity of the United States of America for the Alan T. Waterman Award:

Established in 1975 to commemorate the Foundation's first Director, the Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising, early-career researchers. Nominees are accepted from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to a formal awards ceremony. 

In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 to use over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF, at the institution of the recipient's choice. NSF encourages nominations for individuals from a range of institution types and that reflect the rich demographic and geographic diversity of the U.S.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  1. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must be 40 years of age or younger, or not more than 10 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree, by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. 

  2. Candidates 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.


  1. Nominees are accepted in any field of science or engineering that the NSF supports. 

  2. Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference. 

  3. Nominations and letters must be received through the nomination portal.

The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2023. 

Sources and more information:

Please visit the NSF Waterman website to learn more about the Alan T. Waterman award and to access the nomination portal. 

For questions, contact Gayle Pugh Lev, Program Manager for the Alan T. Waterman Award at [email protected] or 703-292-7589.

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