Fellows Nomination Material

Statement of Principles

The IFT Fellow designation is an honor bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers, recognizing exemplary professionalism in the field of food science. In a given year, no more than 0.3 percent of the professional membership is eligible, and even fewer than that will earn this honor.

The nomination of a fellow should include evidence for exemplary accomplishments in the areas of scholarly advancement, service to the food science and technology profession, inspiration of others to excel in the food science and technology field, primary responsibility for the success of a new food product, and/or improvement of the human condition via food science and technology.

How to Nominate a Professional Member for Fellow

  1. You must be an IFT Member, Professional Member, Emeritus Member, or Emeritus Professional Member. Fellow Jury members may not nominate a candidate for Fellow.
  2. Determine whether your nominee is eligible (see Qualifications).
  3. Complete the Nominee Writable PDF and save to your computer
  4. A reference letter from an IFT Fellow is required and may be submitted separately by the person writing the letter. To give the reference adequate time, start this process in October. Click here to view the list of IFT Fellows.
  5. Upload the Nominee Writable PDF, Nominee Statement, and reference.


Qualifications and Judging Criteria

The following qualifications for nominees for IFT Fellow are taken from the Rules and Regulations Governing the IFT Awards Program.

Election as an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction which shall be conferred only on a living person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for his or her overall contributions in the field of food science and technology. The nominee must be a Professional Member who has been a member of IFT for at least 15 years. The Fellows Jury may waive the 15 year IFT membership stipulation for professional members who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States and have demonstrated 15 years of service in food science organizations similar to IFT.

In addition, the nominee must have been in the active practice of the profession for at least 15 years and attained distinction as measured by performance over a period of at least 10 of these years. The judging will be based on the following criteria:
  • Contributions to the profession of food science and technology in industry, academia, government, and/or related organizations (55%)
    Contributions may include but are not limited to:  Extraordinary excellence in leadership, education, communication, and public policy development. Outstanding research and publications, patents, and presentations.  Stellar achievements, such as research management, innovation in product and/or process development, or innovations in food safety and quality management systems.
  • Service to IFT (30%)
    This may include: National, Regional, Divisional, and other IFT-related activities. In the case of a member residing outside the United States, service to an IFT Allied Organization will be considered in lieu of or in addition to, service to IFT.
  • Honors, awards and other evidence of recognition within the profession (5%)
  • Other evidence of leadership and achievements within the profession (5%)
    For example: Organization of and/or participation in conferences or industrial, academic, governmental, and/or international committees; training programs; internal or external advisory activities; and promoting participation in IFT activities.
  • References (5%)
    One favorable reference letter must be received for the nomination to be considered by the jury.  


"Contributions to the profession" and "service to IFT" are intended to represent more than routine committee work, or routine contributions of other kinds, no matter how successfully they are undertaken. The nominee's record should show instances in which a worthwhile idea, approach, process, organization, etc., was successfully introduced by the nominee.

Reconsideration of Nominees

If your nominee is not elected a Fellow in any given year, you may re-nominate him or her in a subsequent year.

Instructions for Completing the Nomination Form

  1. Upload the completed nomination by February 1.
  2. Be concise. Limit the nomination to four typed pages. Do not include company reports, reviews of papers, speeches, citations, newspaper clippings, support letters from Sections and/or Divisions, or the like. Unnecessary material will only hamper the jury's work in evaluating your nominee.
  3. Be complete. Include all the information requested on the Nominee Writable PDF.
  4. Contact the nominee to obtain unknown information required on the Nominee Writable PDF.

Nominee's Professional History

List the nominee's professional history in chronological order, beginning with his or her present position and going back at least through the ten or more years during which the nominee made his or her key contributions.

For each position held, provide concise details as to the name and location of employer, total number of employees, number of employees supervised, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Indicate the scope of responsibilities and the specific nature of the nominee's technical and personal contributions in each position held, not just the title.


  1. Select a Fellow to serve as a reference for your nominee and have them complete and upload the Reference Letter at upload.2015_Fe.0chaujpqb2@u.box.com
  2. Members of the Fellow Jury (whose names are kept confidential) and IFT staff members are not eligible to serve as references. If we receive a Reference Letter from an ineligible person, we will notify you (if time permits).
  3. The Fellow you choose as a reference should be personally and professionally acquainted with the nominee.
  4. If your nominee lives outside the United States and you are therefore unable to give the name of a Fellow as a reference, the Fellow Jury may, at its discretion, accept as a reference other IFT Professional Members who are acquainted with your nominee and who are food scientists or food technologists of recognized standing.
  5. It is your responsibility to make sure your reference submits the Reference Letter when nominating a fellow. In order to give the reference adequate time to complete the Reference Letter, it is recommended that you forward the Reference Letter (Word) by mid-October with instructions on where to submit the letter.
  6. Reference letters must be submitted as an attachment to: upload.2015_Fe.0chaujpqb2@u.box.com. Messages in the body of the email will not be accepted.


Deadline Information

  1. Nominations for 2016 will open in late 2015.
  2. To be eligible for consideration by the Fellow Jury, completed nomination materials must be received by February 1.

“Thank you so much for making the Awards Ceremony an unforgettable event. It was certainly the highlight of my career as a food scientist.”

Alfred Bushway
IFT Fellow 2009
Alfred Bushway