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AOS Special Membership Classes

Nominations for 2019 are due 30 November 2018.

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The American Ornithological Society (AOS) recognizes three classes of special membership as described in Article I of the Bylaws. Individuals are elected to these categories in recognition of their contributions to ornithology and to AOS. The AOS committees strive to develop a balanced annual slate of nominees that represent the Society and includes the diversity of its members.

The Committee on Nomination of Fellows and Elective Members encourages any AOS member to nominate new Fellows and Elective Members. AOS welcomes nominations in order to recognize individuals for their diverse contributions to ornithology and to the society. Nominations of qualified individuals from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

The Committee on Nomination of Honorary Fellows is responsible for developing the slate of candidates for Honorary Fellows when openings are available.

Nomination guidelines »

Elective Members

Elective Members are nominated based on their significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. At the time of their election, Elective Members must be Members in good standing who are residents or citizens of a political subdivision of the Western Hemisphere.

AOS Elective Members (PDF)

Fellows

Fellows are nominated based on their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. At the time of their election, Fellows must be Honorary Fellows or Elective Members in good standing who are residents or citizens of a political subdivision of the Western Hemisphere.

AOS Fellows (PDF)

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows shall be limited to 100. They are chosen for exceptional ornithological eminence and must be residents of a country other than the United States of America or Canada at the time of their election. Ornithologists who are not currently members of the AOS are eligible for nomination.

AOS Honorary Fellows (PDF)

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