NCMA Fellows Program

The Fellow designation recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of contracting and to NCMA. It is the second highest award given by the Association. The first three Fellows (Stuart Davidson, Bert DuMars, and Sy Gottlieb) were approved by the Executive Council on January 9, 1967. Although the specific criteria have evolved over time, the broad categories of service required for selection as an NCMA Fellow have remained the same. 

Click here to see a current list of NCMA Dulles Corridor Chapter Fellows.

Fellows Charge

  • Continuous support in a leadership role for NCMA and the contract management profession;
  • Participation as a member of the Council of Fellows and as an active member of your local chapter;
  • Contributions to efforts to enhance and expand the professional acceptance of NCMA membership and certification;
  • Mentorship for the development of new NCMA leaders.  

Council of Fellows

All new Fellows become members of the Council of Fellows. All Fellows are encouraged to participate as members of the Council. While the specific activities of the Council may change over time, the overall charter and mission of the Council of Fellows is expected to remain essentially as follows: 

  • Channel resources for use by NCMA’s National President and President-Elect toward the fulfilment of the Association’s goals and objectives;
  • Offer opportunities to participate in and guide the Association’s future direction and to assist in establishing and administering criteria and standards for Fellows;
  • Foster a forum for roundtable discussions of issues affecting the contract management profession.  


Applies to all NCMA members.  

Presentation and Award 

This award is presented at NCMA’s World Congress. Winners are responsible for paying for any travel costs associated with receiving the award. Winners will receive: a Fellow certificate, recognition in the Contract Management magazine, and an NCMA Fellow membership pin. 

Nomination and Application 

Members should submit their applications to the Chapter President who must sign the application. The applicant must provide all supporting documentation (to include copies of papers, certificates, diplomas or transcripts) electronically in one integrated document. Nominations may be submitted any time throughout the year at the Chapter level. 

Nominations are due to the National Office by December 1st.  


The list of nominations received are complied by the National Office. All award nominations are posted electronically for review by the Awards and Honors Working Group. The Awards and Honors Working Group may appoint a subcommittee to review the nominations, apply the criteria, recommend selections, and notify the Awards and Honors Working Group of their recommendations. If a majority of the subcommittee members concur on recommendation of an individual, the Awards and Honors Working Group will normally accept the recommendation and notify the National Office of the selection. Any disagreements regarding recommendations are resolved by the Awards and Honors Working Group Chair. Decisions are made by March 1st.  

Evaluation Criteria and Application 

The criteria in the application consist of nine categories with 29 maximum points obtainable. An NCMA member must accumulate a minimum of 17 points for the Fellow Award. Please use the NCMA Fellows Application to submit your nomination. You must send all supporting documentation with the Fellow application. NCMA will not accept an application with missing documentation. 

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