Awards and Prizes

Funding Agency:
American Physical Society

APS Prizes & Awards recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service. With few exceptions, they are open to all members of the scientific community in the U.S. and abroad. The nomination and selection procedure, involving APS-appointed selection committees, guarantees their high standards and prestige.

Deadlines: Vary

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Specific eligibility criteria are listed on each award page. Generally:

  • A nominee does not have to be an APS member, except for the Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics, the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in AstrophysicsOutstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics require APS membership and unit affiliation (as do most unit awards).
  • Nominations of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
  • Emphasis should generally be on the nominee’s recent work.
  • Most nominees are individuals, but in some cases teams may be nominated, especially collaborations involving more than one institution. When considering nominating a team, only nominate the primary members who have made original and indispensable contributions.
  • An APS prizes or awards recipient may be nominated for other APS prizes or awards for new work or achievements, or significant extension of the previously awarded work or achievements. Please do not nominate a person or team for the same work or achievements for which they have already received a APS Society level prize or award (dissertation or unit awards are OK).

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences