Eligibility Criteria for NSBP Fellows

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The function of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) Awards and Fellowship Committee (AFC) is to review and recommend candidates for the various awards and prizes in the field of physics. The AFC is also responsible for evaluating and making recommendations to the NSBP Board of Directors to elevate NSBP members to the status of Fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists. In the past, NSBP has elevated at least one member per year to the level of Fellow.  Since no one was inducted between 2010 and 2016, we plan to recover from the gap by inducting at least two new Fellows each year between 2017 and 2023.

To be nominated as an NSBP fellow, the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • NSBP member in good standing for at least one year;
  • Actively engaged in any physics-related work;
  • Demonstrated impact to the physics community, for example:
    • Established publication track record (academic);
    • Influenced science policy at the national or international level (policy/ political);
    • Influenced the recruitment and retention of next generation scientists (media/ education)
    • Spearheaded innovation into use or the marketplace (commercial)
  • Earned the respect of his/her peers in the field (usually via citations);
  • Worthy of recognition.
  • At least one NSBP member must agree to sponsor the candidate;
  • APS membership is not required;

The sponsor shall provide the following package to AFC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • The nominee’s name, institution, and contact information
  • A suggested citation (usually citations do not include the person’s name, and start with “For...”. See the APS Fellows Archive for examples. Limit the citation to 300 characters or less, including spaces)
  • A supporting paragraph (expand on the citation and indicate the originality and significance of the contributions cited in 2500 characters or less including spaces)
  • The sponsor’s and co-sponsor’s names, institutions, and emails
  • The sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • The co-sponsor’s recommendation letter
  • The nominee's CV