Help us celebrate the field of ID by nominating hard working clinicians, promising young researchers, outstanding mentors, and those who have had a lifetime of impact on the field.
Nominations for the awards will be reviewed by the Society Awards Committee and a final recommendation for each award will be made to the IDSA Board of Directors for approval.
It is important that our awards represent the full diversity of the IDSA membership. As such, we encourage the nomination of women and individuals under-represented in medicine. Consider the description of each award below and how your outstanding colleagues may be well suited for one of our awards. In your nominating statements you’ll have the opportunity to tell the committee exactly how outstanding and well suited your colleague is for the IDSA award.
- An online nomination form - the Society Award nominations is an online process. An online nomination form is required for all awards.
- Seminal Contribution— a statement by the Primary Nominator summarizing the nominee's seminal contribution(s) (max length: 100 words)
- General Statement—a statement by the Primary Nominator describing the quality and impact of the nominee's work (max length: 250 words)
- Statement of Support — A statement by the Seconding Nominator (max length: 250 words)
- Curriculum Vitae— A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae
- NIH Biosketch — Required for the Oswald Avery and Alexander Fleming Award, optional for all other awards.
Eligibility for Nomination
- Award nominees and nominators must be active members of IDSA in good standing. · Members currently serving on the IDSA Board of Directors or the IDSA Society Awards Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
- Past Alexander Fleming Award Winners are not eligible to receive other Society Awards.
- Individuals who have previously won a particular award are not eligible to win that award again. They may, however, be nominated for a different award. View past awards winners here.
- Self-nominations are not permitted
Notification of Award
- Nominations are due by Friday, August 6, 2021.
- Awards are presented during, or in close proximity to, IDWeek.
- Awardees receive an award plaque, a $1,500 honorarium, and complimentary registration to IDWeek 2021.
- Awardees will be featured in the IDSA website, IDSA News, and IDSA podcast series.
Available Society Awards
Alexander Fleming Award
The Alexander Fleming Award for lifetime achievement is granted to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.
D.A. Henderson Award
New in 2017, The D.A. Henderson Award for Outstanding contributions to Public Health will recognize a lifetime of achievement in public health. Dr. Henderson’s role in leading the successful eradication of smallpox will stand forever as a shining example of the profound impact that infectious disease physicians and scientists can have in preventing disease and relieving human suffering. By naming this award in his honor we hope to inspire others to become champions for public health throughout the world.
Watanakunakorn Clinician Award
Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, this award is given annually by the IDSA Education and Research Foundation to an IDSA member of fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.
Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award
Named to honor the late past-president Walter E. Stamm, MD, FIDSA, this award was created to recognize individuals who have served as exemplary mentors and is presented to an IDSA member or fellow who has been exceptional in guiding professional growth of infectious diseases professionals.
Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement
The Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an individual member or fellow of IDSA who is 45 or younger (on December 31 of the year preceding the IDWeek at which the award is given). The award is based on overall achievement, not usually a single study.
Clinical Practice Innovation Award
The Clinical Practice Innovation Award will be awarded to members who devote the majority of their time to patient care and who have significantly advanced the clinical practice of infectious diseases within the last five years. This may be accomplished through innovation in clinical practice design or management, or advocacy on the behalf of IDSA that fosters change to better recognize the value of infectious diseases practice.
Society Citation Award
The Society Citation is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, and outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement. More than one award may be given each year.
Clinical Teacher Award
The Clinical Teacher Award honors a career involved in teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, or medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation.