About the Academy

Over the last 50 years, over 2,500 distinguished scientists have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy). The Academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), one of the largest life science societies in the world. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. It fulfills its mission by election to Fellowship in the Academy, convening colloquia and oversight of ASM’s Awards Program. 

Academy News

American Academy of Microbiology Elects 65 New Fellows for 2021

American Academy of Microbiology 2021 Leadership Elections open Jan. 15 - March 1 for Fellows in good standing

American Academy of Microbiology and Council on Microbial Sciences Virtual Symposium Insights: Emergent Roles of Microbiologists in the Post-COVID Environment

ASM American Academy of Microbiology, American Geophysical Union and Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative released the joint colloquium report on Microbial Genomics of the Global Ocean System on April 20, 2020


Academy Fellowship Dues

Support the Academy with your annual dues. Questions? Email academy@asmusa.org for more information.

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Academy Dues Structure
The Governors of the Academy have established a structure that provides joint Academy and ASM membership starting in membership year 2020.  Please refer to the benefits table to decide which membership type is right for you.

* Fellows who currently hold a Lifetime or Emeritus Academy membership and abide by the ASM’s Code of Ethics will continue receiving all of the Academy’s benefits.

Answers to commonly-asked questions are available here.  For inquiries not addressed by this FAQ, please email service@asmusa.org.

Academy Dues FAQ

Election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

Each year, the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) elects exceptional scientists to fellowship in the Academy. Academy Fellows represent a wide variety of microbiology sectors, including research, education, public health, industry and government service. The Governors of the Academy elect fellows from a pool of nominated candidates.
Nominees for fellowship must exhibit high ethical standards, scientific excellence, originality, scholarly and creative achievement and leadership. The Academy takes each of these selection criteria extremely seriously and will take appropriate measures to address any alleged or actual unethical behavior by Academy Fellows.
ASM fosters a culture of equity and inclusion to achieve diversity in science. Specifically, ASM seeks to create a culture where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly and are provided opportunities to develop professionally and excel in their chosen career pathway.


Nominations for the 2021 Fellowship Class are open as of August 1, 2020.  For questions or clarifications, please contact Academy@asmusa.org.

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ASM Awards

The Academy manages ASM’s awards program.

16 awards honor leaders in the microbial sciences who are recognized and nominated by their peers. 

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mBio® is published in association with the American Academy of Microbiology. Academy Fellows also are entitled to submit manuscripts via a special, accelerated submission path, with one published manuscript allowed per calendar year.  Additionally, Academy Fellows work with Editor-in-Chief Arturo Casadevall by serving as editors and reviewers for manuscripts submitted in their areas of expertise.

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