Enrico Fermi Presidential Award

Department of Energy (DOE)


Career Stage:
Early Career, Mid-Career, Late stage career

Subject Areas:
scientific, technical, policy, management, DOE

The Fermi Award is bestowed by the President of the United States to an individual or individuals of international stature in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, policy, and/or management achievements related to the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. Established in 1956 by President Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission, the Fermi Award is given to inspire people of all ages, through the examples of Enrico Fermi, the 1938 Nobel Laureate in physics, and the Fermi Award laureates who followed in his footsteps, to explore and open new scientific and technological realms. The Fermi Award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. A Fermi Award laureate receives:
  • A citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy;
    A gold-plated medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi; and
    A $100,000 honorarium (if there is more than one laureate named, the honorarium is shared equally).

Nomination Process:
Eligibility Requirements:
The Fermi Award is given for distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs.
  • The achievements must be identifiable as lasting, impactful, and substantial.
    Only living nominees will be considered.
    The Fermi Award is not limited to U.S. citizens.
    The Fermi Award is not limited to researchers whose work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (or its predecessor agencies).
Nomination Materials
Nominations must be submitted online through the Fermi Awards Nominations System. Required nomination materials include the following:
  • A letter of justification. (Limit 2,000 words.)
    Curriculum Vitae (CV). (Limit 3,200 words.)
    A bibliography of significant publications*. (Limit 15 entries, 80-words or less each.)
    At least three and not more than six letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s work and accomplishments. (Limit 1,200 words each.)
    A suggested citation summarizing and highlighting the nominee’s achievement. The citation should make clear the specific reason(s) for making the award to the nominee. (Limit 35 words.)
* Note, the bibliography is a separate component from the CV. Please omit any secondary publications and non-archival materials from the nominee’s bibliography and do not include complete articles as part of the nomination.
Jump to: Nomination System and Preparation of Nomination Materials for additional requirements and guidance.
Nomination Deadline
All nomination materials and support letters for the 2024 Enrico Fermi Award must be received by Monday, July 10, 2023, 5:00 PM ET. No materials will be accepted after the nomination deadline has passed. Nominators are strongly encouraged to begin coordination and submission of nominations well before the deadline.

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