The Society may honour any person normally resident outside the UK, eminent in the fields of astronomy or closely related branches of science, by election as an Associate of the Society (an Honorary Fellow).
Honorary Fellowship is awarded in recognition of services to astronomical and geophysics science such as:
- Distinguished leadership in a scientific or educational institute or department, observatory or laboratory;
- Outstanding services to a national or international scientific organisation or facility;
- Exceptionally important work in editing scientific publications;
- Influential work in education and public outreach in the relevant sciences;
- Especially outstanding distinguished work in the history of these sciences.
Election to Honorary Fellowship therefore recognizes contributions distinct from those for which the Society's medals are awarded or for which appointments to named lectureships are made.
Nominations should be submitted by 31 July (this year the deadline has been extended to the 20th August to take account of the new online application process) for the following year's awards and should include:
- The online nomination form
- Your nomination (minimum length 300 words, maximum length 600 words). This should address how the nominee fulfils the criteria of the Award, and also include the nominee's present career stage, the nominee's present post, and other awards and honours. Successful nominations argue a strong case for why the nominee deserves the award over and above one of their peers working in the same area. It is helpful if the nomination is phrased in such a way that extracts from it can be used in the formal recommendation of the Committee.
Additional supporting material may be requested if required.
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