Becoming a Fellow in The Obesity Society is one of the highest honors our organization can confer. A prestigious mark of distinction, recognition as a Fellow highlights your contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention.

As a Fellow, you gain the right to include FTOS among your credentials, so your colleagues will recognize that you are a respected member of the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity.

Fellows of The Obesity Society (FTOS)

 Criteria for becoming a Fellow    

  • A Regular member of TOS in good standing for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to application
  • Demonstrated service to TOS through active participation on TOS committees, involvement in Section activities, contribution to educational programs, or other activities that substantially contribute to the goals and mission of TOS
  • Qualification through either the Research Pathway or the Scholarship and Service pathway
  • Research Pathway criteria:
    Demonstrated record of obesity-related research, resulting in at least ten (10) first or senior-authored*, English-language, peer-reviewed publications of original research and at least ten (10) additional peer-reviewed publications of original research or scholarly reviews
    • *Senior authorship is typically defined as including the first or last author if the last author oversaw the conduct of the research project. If this is defined differently in the field of the publication, please include a note of explanation in your application.
  • Scholarship and Service Pathway criteria:
    Demonstrated record of sustained leadership in advancing obesity-related research, clinical care, or public policy through at least one of the following:

    • Contributions to professional or lay education
    • Development of clinical innovation
    • Contributions to policy and advocacy efforts to improve the care for those living with obesity
Nomination Process (can be self-nominated)

The nomination packet must include the following items, all prepared in the English:

  • Letter of nomination for recognition as a Fellow, indicating the nominee’s pathway (Research or Clinical) and a statement explaining why the nominee  is deserving of becoming a Fellow of the society. The letter should describe in detail the nominee’s qualifications including:
    • professional accomplishments and impact in the field of obesity
    • contributions to the goals and work of The Obesity Society
      • committee service
      • task force member
      • abstract reviewer
      • spokesperson
      • other service to the Society
  • A brief curriculum vitae or NIH-style biosketch (maximum 5 pages, single-spaced in 10-point or larger font), which includes salient obesity-related scholarship achievements and recognition, in research, teaching, clinical innovation, clinical care, policy, advocacy and administrative activities. For nominees qualifying through the Research Pathway, the 20 required peer-reviewed publications should be highlighted.
  • A brief statement in support of the nominee from two (2) current Fellows of TOS (these can be submitted as an email to [email protected] with “Statement of support” and the name of the nominee in the subject line)

Nominations will be evaluated by the Fellowship Subcommittee of TOS’s Membership Committee. Subcommittee recommendations for appointment of new Fellows will be forwarded to The Obesity Society Governing Board for consideration and review. Final determination of  Fellow status will be made by the TOS Governing Board.

Submit nomination packet via email to:
Email to: [email protected]