Fellows Nomination Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the IFT Fellows Program and nomination process.

Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2021 Class of IFT Fellows are now open. Consider who in your network is worthy of this honor and submit a nomination.

Start or complete a nomination

Getting Started

The IFT Fellow designation is an honor bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers, recognizing exemplary achievement in the science of food profession.

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 improvement of the human condition via food science and technology.

While nominating, please ensure you review the nomination statement guidelines (pdf) to make certain the nominees accomplishments are highlighted and articulated through the nomination statement. Please consider the importance of detailing achievements and impact of the nominees work, rather than simply bullet pointing work history.

The Fellows Task Force has provided an additional FellowsjuryFAQs for the 2021 nomination process. In the event of conflicting information, this web page is most up to date and applies to the 2021 Fellows Nomination process.


Qualifications and Criteria

Election as an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred only on a living person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for overall contributions in the field of food science and technology. 

The nominee must be an active member of the profession and must have been a non-student IFT member for at least 15 consecutive years. The Nomination Statement should summarize the outstanding accomplishments that justify election as an IFT Fellow.

As you complete the nomination, please consider the importance of specifying achievements, rather than simply listing work history.  It is critical to be descriptive to share impact of nominee’s work and influence within the profession.


How to Nominate

  1. You must be an IFT member who is not a current Fellow jury member. Student members may also submit nominations.
  2. Nominee is qualified as outlined under the Qualifications and Criteria as listed above.
  3. Complete the 2021 Fellows Nomination and be prepared to submit by uploading the following:
  4. Write a Nomination Statement, addressing each component outlined on the 2018 Fellows Nomination webpage. Limit statements to four pages with 1-inch margins 11 or 12 point font. Download Nomination Statement Guidelines (pdf)
  5. One page or less Nominee Career History limited to job titles, employer, location and dates of employment.

Reference Letter
One reference letter completed by an IFT Fellow is required.

Reference from a current IFT Fellow (5%)

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2021

Following the nominator’s upload, the reference will be contacted via email with instructions to submit the reference letter through this application portal. The confidential reference will go directly to IFT by the author and may not be reviewed by either the nominee or nominator.

The reference from an IFT Fellow must use this reference letter template (doc) to upload a two-page or less letter. This should include duration and details of any relationship with the nominee. Click here to view the list of IFT Fellows.

The reference must provide a critical quality evaluation of the nominee. It critiques the credentials and the quality of the fellow nomination based on professional knowledge. You may send a copy of the nomination and either the reference letter template or this URL to the reference writer.

To advance your nomination to the Fellows Jury, IFT must receive ONE reference from a current IFT Fellow. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the jury.

Start or complete a nomination

Reconsideration of Nominees

If your nominee is not elected a Fellow you may re-nominate in a subsequent year. There is no automatic resubmission. Ineligible nominations will be returned and late nominations may be considered in later years.