Emerging Leaders Network Award

The Emerging Leaders Network Award is now closed.

Purpose: To recognize new professionals in the science of food who demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and a strong commitment to the profession.

Award: Complimentary Annual Event & Emerging Leaders Network Registration fee and housing for five nights in Chicago during IFT18. On stage recognition at IFT Award Ceremonies, as well as in IFT communications, Food Technology magazine, and on the IFT website. Networking and mentoring opportunities with IFT Board of Directors, IFT Fellows, and leadership.


  • IFT membership
  • Current fulltime employment in the science of food
  • Under 10 years of professional experience in academia, government or industry
  • - PhD +2-7 years’ experience OR
    - Masters + 4-9 years’ experience OR
    - Bachelors +5-10 years’ experience
  • Plan to continue in a role that supports the future of the profession.  
  • Demonstration of leadership skills and potential for further development
  • Availability and commitment to attend IFT Annual Event Emerging Leaders Network, Friday, July 13- Sunday, July 15, 2018. 
Special Instructions: Nomination statement is not required. The candidates are required to complete an application, submit a CV/Resume, Photo, and a letter of recommendation. The candidate must also have approval from employer to attend the Emerging Leaders Network.

New for 2018! IFT has implemented a new awards management system, powered by Wizehive application management system. Please take time to review the new instructions for submission.

Please contact awards@ift.org