Nomination Information


An IFORS Fellow is a living person who has been productively engaged with an OR community as a member of his/her OR society for a significant number of years, and in so doing, has helped attain the objectives of IFORS. Such an individual may have played a role in the formation of new OR societies, edited OR journals, participated actively in OR conferences and other IFORS initiatives.


The Fellow is chosen on the basis of at least one outstanding and one very good evaluation in any two of the five areas given below:

Research – Includes theoretical, empirical or computational innovations in OR which strengthened international links.

Practice – Includes application of OR to significant practical problems that contributed to the promotion of the use of OR methods, especially in parts of the world where OR is under-developed.

Service – Includes significant responsibility within the IFORS organization for an extended period of time.

Education – Includes administrative and other activities that have had a significant impact on the growth and development of OR education.

Management – Includes significant responsibility for the development and application of OR methods within organizations that have had a major internal and international impact.

The evaluation of impact in these areas will be strongly driven by the international aspects of the contributions. 

Nomination Process

Nominations are due by February 28, 2024.

Only individual members of IFORS member societies can act as nominators.  

The nominator is responsible for compiling the necessary materials and emailing them all to the IFORS Secretariat ( Additional questions should be sent to the IFORS Secretariat.

  • A nomination letter
  • 3 reference letters
  • Nominee’s Resume (of at most 4 pages) highlighting accomplishments as called for by the criteria

It must be noted that:

  • The nominator along with at most one reference may come from the same institution as the nominee.
  • Membership in at least two societies should be represented among the nominator and references.
  • Reference letters must come from established experts qualified to independently evaluate the nominee's contributions and clearly establish the scope and significance of the nominee's accomplishments.