Nomination and Selection Protocol of RSAI Fellows
- Each RSAI member - except RSAI fellows – is entitled to nominate candidates for the RSAI fellowship, but self-nominations are not allowed. Each nomination has to be done through a standard concise nomination form that follows a systematic template.
- A nominee has to be RSAI member (or a member of any section recognized by the RSAI) and to meet the qualifications mentioned in Annex A.
- The selection of new RSAI fellows takes place only once a year, but nominations can be sent in at any time and will be considered for a given selection round, if they have been received before a given deadline. A nomination has a maximum life of two years.
- All nominations will be put on a list supplemented with non-elected candidates for the RSAI fellowship who were on the short list from the previous year.
- The short list will be screened by the RSAI fellows selection committee (in consultation with the RSAI director). This committee comprises 3 RSAI fellows appointed by the RSAI Council for a period of staggered 3-year terms. The selection committee has to seriously consider all available information on the candidates and can remove candidates (unanimous vote) who do not qualify.
- The selection committee can also decide to reduce the list of nominated RSAI members to a manageable number, so that candidates can be selected with a qualified majority. This short list should normally not contain more than 10 to 12 names.
- The short list is next circulated to all RSAI fellows, who have the exclusive right to vote for (a maximum of) 3 candidate-fellows. No ranking of candidates is allowed.
- The selection committee can put an upper ceiling on the maximum number of candidates to be selected in a given year, if circumstances dictate so.
- A vote of at least 1/3 will normally mean election, unless that would exceed the ceiling.
- The selection committee informs the RSAI Director of the final selection results, who will communicate these results to the selected RSAI fellows, the RSAI Council, and the home institutions of the newly appointed fellows.
Standard Nomination Form for RSAI Fellows
- Factual bio-data on candidate, including a proof for RSAI membership
- Professional career of candidate (max. 100 words)
- Substantive contribution to regional science (max. 200 words)
- Path-breaking publications on regional science (max. 5)
- Signs of international scientific recognition (max. 50 words)
- Reasons for nominating the candidate (max. 50 words)