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Fellows' Nominations and Selections

The Fellow appointment is an honor bestowed by the Director in recognition of outstanding achievement in science and/or engineering, recognizing the full breadth of Laboratory accomplishment from basic research to applied missions.


  • Melissa Robinson
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Call for FY19 Laboratory Fellows nominations

  • Nomination package submission deadline: 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Please submit the ADC-reviewed nomination package to mrobinson@lanl.gov by the specified deadline.

      2019 Nomination package compilation/submission requirements

      Fellows 2019 Nomination Form (pdf)


The Fellow appointment is an honor bestowed by the Director in recognition of outstanding achievement in science and/or engineering, recognizing the full breadth of Laboratory accomplishment from basic research to applied missions. It can be awarded to full-time R&D Scientists, R&D Engineers, R&D Managers, and technical Program Managers who have been at the Laboratory a minimum of two years immediately prior to the nomination deadline.


The rank of Fellow, is a recognition for at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Sustained, high-level intellectual achievements in programs of importance to the Laboratory
  2. A fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use
  3. Having become a recognized authority in the field


  1. Nominations — Any employee may sponsor a nomination. However, before a great deal of effort is devoted to the nomination package, it is useful to propose the nomination to the candidate’s Division Leader or Program Director and other appropriate colleagues and peers to obtain their input. The sponsor may find this helpful in the subsequent preparation of the nomination package. Feedback from previous year’s nominations, if any, should be taken into account. Sponsors are encouraged to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest should they choose to nominate, for example, their manager, a relative, or a close collaborator. A workshop on writing a competitive Fellows nomination will be held sometime in February.
  2. Selection — The total number of Fellows in regular employment status at the Laboratory is limited to approximately 2% of the eligible positions. A Fellows Screening Committee, whose members are appointed by the Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Engineering, screens the nominations. The Committee’s ranking of the nominees and the supporting nomination packages are presented to the Director, who makes the final decisions and appointments.
  3. Diversity — In order to help fulfill the goal of achieving a diverse workforce in all aspects, sponsors are especially encouraged to consider qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups for nomination.
  4. Additional Information — Each year many outstanding candidates are nominated for the rank of Laboratory Fellow, and it is not possible to name all of them Fellow. In order to prepare the strongest package possible for a candidate, sponsors should not hesitate to prepare a classified addendum if such will add substantially to the candidate’s nomination. (Be sure to follow the submission requirements regarding classified materials.)

The Screening Committee has the difficult task of ranking and recommending nominees from an extremely talented field. Often sponsors want to know in what way their unsuccessful candidate was deficient. More often than not, the candidate was not deficient in any manner; instead, their competitors were extremely strong. Feedback that includes the discussion of the factors differentiating one outstanding candidate from another is provided to the nominators once the Fellows are announced. For re-nominations, feedback from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 nominations is available upon request to the SRO Deputy Program Director.

Fellows are expected to continue to play an important scientific or technical role at the Laboratory, and the Fellows appointment is intended to enhance this role. A Fellow typically remains a member of a Laboratory technical division or program office, where the Fellow receives the financial, administrative, and secretarial support generally provided to R&D staff. Specific job assignments for the Fellow are determined with appropriate managers.

The Fellows meet and consider issues of importance to the Laboratory. Laboratory leadership from Division Leaders through the Director often request the opinion and advice of the Fellows individually and collectively on issues important to the Laboratory. The Fellows organize special studies, colloquia, and symposia, and they sponsor annual prizes for outstanding research and leadership achievements by members of the Laboratory’s scientific and engineering staff. A record of Laboratory citizenship that demonstrates that the candidate, if selected, will be active in service to the Laboratory, will be considered as a factor in the selection process.