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Awards, Honors & Grants

Awards, Honors & Grants

Frequently asked questions and answers about OSA's awards, honors and grants programs.

A current OSA Fellow must submit a nomination for an individual to be considered for Fellow Member status. The number of Fellows is limited by the Society's bylaws to be no more than 10% of the total OSA Membership and the number elected each year is limited to approximately 0.5% of the current membership total. Information and forms are available online. The deadline for nominations is June 15 of each year.

OSA Awards and Honors are administered by the OSA Foundation. Please contact the Foundation staff by email: or phone: 1.202.416.1944 for details on how to support OSA recognitions.


Recently inducted OSA Fellows are listed by year of election. The OSA Member Directory/Search Engine (located in the Members Only section of provides a listing of all OSA Members and Fellows.

OSA Awards and Honors are described in detail on the Society web site. The Award and Medal Category Guide and  Nomination Guide provide additional information. Unless otherwise noted, the nomination deadline for Awards/Medals is 1 October. For information and assistance, please email: or phone +1 202.416.1960.

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