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Fellowship Criteria

The full Code of Procedure and Requirements for Fellowship Status document is available for download in PDF format.

  • Nominations can be made from December 1 through February 15.
  • The nominee must have been a regular member of the Society for a minimum of 5 continuous years.
  • Fellowship nominations must be made by an active fellow.
    • GSA maintains a list of active fellows.
    • The nominator must be a member of the same section as the nominee.
  • Fellowship nominations must include the following items:
    • Nomination letter from a fellow of your section. (The letter must address the general criteria as well as section-specific criteria.)
    • Endorsement letter from an additional fellow of your section.
    • A current curriculum vitae (CV).  GSA involvement must be highlighted.

Nomination letters and CV should address each of the following minimum requirements:

  • An advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing, or a professional degree from an accredited professional institution
  • Prior status as a Regular Member for at least five years and involvement in Society activities (i.e. presentations, chairing symposia, reviewing abstracts or articles, serving on committees or holding offices)
  • Active engagement at the time of nomination in the advancement of gerontology    (4) research, e.g., administering grants, promoting methodological or statistical improvements
  • Five years of acceptable professional experience
  • Evidence of significant contribution to or performance in the field of gerontology that is reflected in scholarly achievements such as publications in peer-reviewed journals, funded research projects, and/or acceptable professional experience in the field.  Development of innovative curricula for gerontology tracks, the winning of     teaching awards for gerontology courses, directorship of nationally recognized  aging-related policy programs are also examples of notable contributions 
  • Publication of 5 works represents a minimum

In addition to the above requirements, each section has its own set of criteria. Please review your section's criteria before submitting your nomination:


Please make certain the nominee satisfies the minimum GSA Fellowship AND section-specific eligibility requirements before submitting materials.  Minimum requirements are located on page 1 of the Code of Procedure and Requirements. See section links above for additional requirements and submission instructions.


After your application has been submitted, it will go through several stages of reviews. Results will be provided by mail before the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting in November, where all new fellows will be recognized at their Section's Community (Business) Meeting. Here new fellows will be presented their fellowship certificates and pins.

Once a nomination for fellowship has been accepted, there will be no communication regarding the status of the nomination until the various fellowship committees have made their decision. Attempts to communicate with the fellowship committees will be rerouted to GSA's fellowship coordinator. If you need further information or assistance, please use the Contact Us form.