An Awards Committee (AC) of six persons selects the awardees. Members of the AC are appointed by the President of ICMI, after consultation with the Executive Committee and with other scholars in the field. The active members of the AC, except for its chair, are not made known. Only at the time when the terms of committee members expire are their names made public. The term of appointment of the AC members is eight years and non-renewable, with three of the members being replaced each four years. One of the three remaining members is then appointed as the committee chair by the President of ICMI. Members of the ICMI Executive Committee are ineligible for membership in the AC.
The Awards Committee is completely autonomous once appointed. Its work and records are kept internal and confidential, except for the obvious process of soliciting advice and information from the professional community, which is done by the committee chair. The AC has full authority in selecting the awardees. Its decision is final and is reported, in confidence, to the ICMI EC via the President of ICMI.