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Applications are due in January. For specific deadlines, read the annual Research Teacher Fellowship Application Guidelines in the Resources Section below. The following information is provided as a general guideline; BE SURE TO READ THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR APPLICATION. Do not start an application until you read the guidelines.

Who Should Apply

Middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) from all science disciplines with a minimum of one full year of teaching experience and currently teaching in a U.S. school at the time of application are eligible. Additionally, you are encouraged to apply if you:

  • Have little or no research experience in the life sciences.
  • Do NOT have recent (in the last 10 years) laboratory experience in physiology or the life sciences. Applications are not accepted from teachers who have spent more than two of the previous five summers working in a research laboratory.
  • Do NOT hold an advanced degree in a laboratory science (awarded in the last 10 years), and are not a candidate for an advanced degree in a laboratory science. Applications from teachers whose last research experience (including graduate study work) was at least 10 years ago will be considered. Teachers with advanced degrees in non-science fileds or non-laboratory science will be considered.
  • Are open to examining and modifying your teaching to incorporate more inquiry, to address equity issues, and to integrate the Internet in your classroom.
  • Have a commitment to excellence in science teaching and a desire to learn new teaching methods.
  • Have a desire to learn about research first-hand.
  • Have a willingness to share resources and experiences with your colleagues.

Teachers who are members of minority groups underrepresented in science (e.g., African –American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander) or who teach in schools with a predominance of underrepresented minority or disadvantaged students are especially encouraged to apply.

Finding a Research Host

After reading the application materials, you will need to connect with an APS member at your local research university/institution who would be interested in serving as your research host for the summer. You will work together to develop an application for the program. If you do not already know an APS member, you can use the Research Host Contact List in Resources below. Please note that the names listed here are only potential Research Hosts or contacts who may refer you to other APS members in their departments. If there are no APS members listed who are geographically close to you, please email the Education Office. Please include your school name, grade level(s) and subject(s) taught, city, state, and zip code. Searching for an interested and available APS member local to you (within 60 miles), if any, can take some time, so thank you in advance for your patience.

Start an Application

After reading the application materials and identifying a research host, use the link below to the APS Awards Site. Applications are completed online.


How to Apply Guide-Research Community Leaders (Doc)

Applications accepted only from teachers who completed the online program.

Research Host Contact List (XLS)

List of researchers interested in either serving as a research host or helping find a research host in their department.

Research Host Signup

Add your name to the list of APS members willing to serve as a research host for undergraduate summer research fellowship applicants or middle/high school science teachers. Click on the link above to be added to the list of researchers interested in hosting a student and/or teacher.