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Awards, Honors & Grants

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

A current Optica 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 Optica 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.

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

Recently inducted Optica Fellows are listed by year of election. The Optica Member Directory/Search Engine provides a listing of all Optica Members and Fellows.

Optica 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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