Call for Nominations

2025 Honorary Membership

Since 1939, Sigma has bestowed honorary membership upon individuals of national or global influence who have furthered the course of healthcare. Honorary membership is conferred by Sigma’s Board of Directors on those who demonstrate superior achievement in a chosen field and a special commitment to the ideals and concerns of nursing.

Eligibility: Honorary membership is granted to individuals throughout the world who are not eligible for regular membership but have demonstrated sustained superior achievements that have contributed to the advancement of nursing and healthcare at the national or global levels. Any active Sigma member or chapter may nominate an individual for honorary membership. For eligibility questions, please contact the Sigma Awards and Development Coordinator at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

Nomination Deadline:  Sunday, 1 December 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET)
* The above entry submision date are for the general online nomination process. However, individual Award Programs can/may have specific deadline dates.

  1. General Online Instructions

    Submitters will be automatically informed of the unique ID numbers and passwords assigned to their nomination. Entries may be viewed and modified at any time between submission and the deadline, using the assigned ID# and password.

    The online submission system divides the submittal process into a series of steps. The applicant will complete the requirements for a step, review and save the step, then proceed to next step following the buttons at the bottom of each page. Steps must be completed in sequence. At any point prior to the deadline, you may revisit any completed step within your entry to make editorial changes. Click the applicable step in the step tab bar, edit the data, and save the step once again.

    The online submission process sends email notifications. Sometimes universities and/or institutions block these confirmation emails, mistaking them for spam. We encourage you to add to your address book in order to ensure you receive communication regarding your submission.

Submission Information and Guidelines:

  1. Award Criteria and Deadlines for Entries

    Please visit Sigma's 2025 Honorary Membership site for award criteria, scoring rubric and past recipients. For more information about the International Awards for Nursing Excellence, including eligibility and award criteria, please contact the Sigma Awards and Development Coordinator at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

    Honorary Membership
    Award Criteria document
    Nomination Deadline:  Sunday, 1 December 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET)

  2. Entry Fee

    Entry Fee: Each award submission requires a US $50 entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.

    NOTE: The fee structure for members outside the U.S. will be set according to World Bank classifications based on per capita income designated as low, middle and high. All fees paid to headquarters, either by individual members or chapters, will be calculated in U.S. currency.

    Sliding Scale for the Nurse Researcher Awards Entry Fees

    High Income = US $50
    Middle Income = US $20
    Low Income = US $10

    * Updated July 2022 based on Country GNI for 2021 per World Bank; effective until July 2023. Sigma's World Bank Country Classifications information

    For questions or concerns regarding the entry fees, please contact the Sigma Awards and Development Coordinator at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

  3. Submission Requirements

    • All award entries and supporting materials must be submitted via this online submission system. (Follow the hyperlinks on this page). Hard copies sent through the mail will NOT be accepted.
    • Submissions may be uploaded in the following file types:
      • Word document (*.doc/*.docx)
      • PDF document (*.pdf)
      • TXT document (*.txt)
      • HTML document (*.html)
      • RTF document (*.rtf)
      • GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF format (*.gif/*.jpg/*.png/*.tiff)
      • WMV, WMA, MOV, WAV, AIFF format (*.wmv/*.wma/*.mov/*.aiff)
    • Click Here for supporting document definitions
    • Submissions should NOT exceed 10 MB.
    • Award entries must be in English.
    • All communication regarding the award nomination will be sent to a designated primary contact. A valid e-mail address is required for all submitters.
    • Once you begin a submission, you will receive an e-mail giving you the submission ID# and password. These can be used if you need to access your submission at any time in the future. The ID# and password will also be helpful if there are any problems with your submission.
    • Once the deadline for submitting an award nomination has passed, an e-mail will be sent from Sigma to confirm receipt of the award submission.
    • Only complete submissions will be judged. Submissions that are incomplete after the deadline will be withdrawn from the system and will NOT be reviewed.
  4. Judging

    Qualified judging panels representing strong talent and expertise are appointed.

  5. Notification

    Nominees and nominators will be notified by letter of the judges' decisions by March 2025. For questions/concerns regarding notifications, please contact the Sigma Awards and Development Coordinator at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

Begin an Entry to:

Honorary Membership
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, 1 December 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET)