APS Fellows Program (FAPS)
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APS Fellow Program (FAPS)

What is FAPS?

Election to APS Fellow (FAPS) status not only acknowledges noteworthy scientific and professional accomplishments, but also outstanding leadership and service to the Society. The designation of Fellow is honorific, and shall remain valid for the duration of APS membership. Candidates should consider the advancement to Fellow status to be a request to become more active in the internal affairs of the Society, including serving in a leadership capacity.

Benefits of Being Elected to FAPS Status:

  • Professional designation representing outstanding achievement
  • Recognition by the Society in various public forums (i.e., the Society’s website, newsletter, etc.)
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Lapel pin
  • Commemorative item

Nomination Process:

Candidates can be nominated by any active APS Regular or Emeritus Member who is well acquainted with the candidate’s professional activities and volunteer involvement. Candidates may also self-nominate. Nomination and consideration is free. There is no application fee.

Application materials, due February 1 each year, are reviewed by the APS Fellows and Membership Committee.


To earn FAPS status, it is mandatory that candidates:

  • Possess Regular and/or Emeritus member status for at least fifteen (15) continuous years post-doctoral prior to year of nomination
  • Include two (2) written recommendations from current APS Regular or Emeritus members

PLUS meet four of the six prerequisites:

  • Demonstrated Society Service: APS Council or APS Committee, Advisory Group, or other Panel or Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor or Associate Editor in any APS-affiliated publication
  • Independent Grant Support/Funding: Serve as Principal Investigator of peer-reviewed extramural research support from a nationally-recognized agency (i.e.: NIH, NSF, etc.)
  • Publications: Demonstration of consistent scholarly production in the form of journal articles and book chapters with at least three articles in APS publications
  • Administration: Serve in a leadership position in academia/industry/government
  • Public Service: Provide unpaid service in physiology and/or medicine to the community (e.g.: scientific study section; PhUn Week service, etc.)
  • Teaching: Demonstration of leadership in local, state or national instruction in physiology or medicine

Application Process:

  • Click the APPLY NOW button to be taken to the APS Awards Submission site.
  • You will need to login or create a profile
  • Once logged-in you will be presented with a list of awards in a drop-down menu
  • Select APS Fellow (FAPS) Nomination
  • Items Required to submit the application/nomination:
    • Name and email address of nominators
    • Curriculum Vitae (in PDF formt)
    • One PDF document containing evidence of meeting at least 4 of the 6 prerequisites. The document can be multiple pages.