Honorary Fellowship

We invite nominations of exceptional individuals for the award of our highest honour, Honorary Fellow. Our Honorary Fellowships acknowledge physicists who have contributed to physics generally or to the work of the IOP.


An Honorary Fellowship is the highest accolade presented by the Institute of Physics to reflect an individual’s exceptional services to physics. Our community of Honorary Fellows have contributed to the advancement of physics through a range of means and serve as ambassadors for physics, physicists and the IOP.

We welcome self-nominations and nominations for peers you think meet any of the following criteria:

  • have made distinguished contributions to physics, physicists or the IOP
  • are recognised as eminent figures within the community
  • hold influential roles to effect change to support the mission of the IOP

Honorary Fellows that are successful in their nomination typically display some or all of the following attributes:

  • renowned for sustained research achievement of international significance
  • distinguished contributors to the welfare of physics through government/political service
  • prominent captains of industry that have a strong physics base (harnessing physics-based innovation or physicists in the workforce)
  • recognised leaders in science (and particularly physics) education and public outreach
  • outstanding technicians contributing to physics in secondary schools, further education and higher education, national research facilities, business and teams
  • well-known supporters of internationally significant physics-based programmes

We encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of physics and are representative of our community as a whole.

Learn more about Honorary Fellows and their work

Eligibility criteria

  • Nominees, nominators and referees do not need to be members of the IOP. 
  • Nominees, nominators and referees cannot be current members of Council, IOP employees, people under contract to the IOP, the Awards Committee, or members of any other IOP Awards judging panel.

Nominations process

​​​​​​​The 2021 IOP Awards have now closed for nominations. Further information will be provided on the 2022 IOP Awards in due course.

  • Honorary Fellowships are open for both nomination and self-nomination. All nominations will be judged in the same way regardless of the method of nomination.  
  • If you are nominating someone else, you should inform the nominee as you will need to provide their contact details and they will be contacted following submission to complete an optional EDI monitoring form.

Nominators must submit:

  • Details of the nominee  
  • Short citation (up to 30 words) 
  • Long citation (up to 400 words) 
  • A short biographical statement (up to 1,000 words) 
  • Supporting evidence (up to 400 words)