IEEE GRSS Early Career Award

The GRSS Early Career Award is to promote, recognize and support young scientists and engineers within the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society who have demonstrated outstanding ability and promise for significant contributions in the future.



The candidate must be an IEEE GRSS member for at least 5 years with an age of less than 35 years at the time of nomination. They must have made outstanding contributions in one or more GRSS field(s) of interest. Previous winners of this award are ineligible.

Eligibility and selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.


Award Items

Prize items are a Certificate and US$1500 honorarium.


The prize shall be presented annually to one recipient, provided a qualified candidate is nominated.

Nominee Solicitation

The nomination package including the following materials must be submitted by an IEEE GRSS member via the Award Nomination Tool by December 15:

  • nomination template can be obtained here or through the Award Nomination Tool
  • a nomination letter, no more than 2-pages in length, from a GRSS member
  • a complete curriculum vitae of the candidate
  • at least 2 recommendation letters from individuals familiar with the candidate’s technical contributions and achievements

Selection/Basis for Judging

Criteria for the candidate selection are:

  • quality, significance and impact of contributions

  • papers published in archival journals

  • papers presented at conferences and symposia

  • patents

  • demonstration of leadership

  • advancement of their profession

Award Timeline

15 December

Award Nomination deadline

Late December

Pre-screening and assignment of 3-4 reviewers for each nomination

Early February

Nomination reviews are completed


Final consideration and votes for tie-breaks of nominations from GRSS-SAC members

Early March

Award recipients are notified. 


The award shall be presented at an awards ceremony during the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS, together with other IEEE GRSS awards.

Special Awards Committee

  • Jaya Sreevalsan Nair: Chair (India)

  • David Long: Past Chair (USA)

  • Paolo Gamba (Italy)

  • Jeffrey Walker (Australia)

  • Yanfeng Gu (China)

  • Xiaoxiang Zhu (Germany)

  • Xiuping Jia (Australia)

  • W. Linwood Jones (USA)