About the Academy

Over the last 50 years, over 2,600 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 Announces Its Leadership Election Results for 2021

American Academy of Microbiology Elects 65 New Fellows for 2021

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

Academy Activities at World Microbe Forum

World Microbe Forum is 20-24 June 2021
ASM Microbe 2021 is part of the all-new World Microbe Forum, a collaboration between ASM, FEMS and several other societies, taking place online June 20-24, 2021. This groundbreaking meeting will bring together researchers, industry professionals, students, educators and leaders in the microbial sciences from around the world all in one place. 

The Academy is hosting the following engaging sessions to highlight ASM Awardees, showcase COVID-19 scientific updates and provide networking opportunities for fellows: With more than 500 cutting-edge sessions across 8 tracks and 7 topics, World Microbe Forum will cover the full spectrum of the microbial sciences. Register today to be part of this global event.

Find Academy Fellows

There are over 2,600 Fellows in the Academy representing all subspecialties of the microbial sciences and involved in basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service. In addition, Fellows hail from all around the globe.

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 this year are closed. Nominations for the 2022 fellowship class will open Aug. 1, 2021. For questions or clarifications, please contact Academy@asmusa.org.

Academy Fellowship Dues

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

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.

American Academy of Microbiology benefits by member type.
* 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.



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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