STEP-UP Fellowships
Applying for the Fellowship

Undergraduate students apply for the STEP-UP program through a central online application system at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The application site opens in the fall (typically November) and accepts applications until January/February the following year  (see link below).

Applicants are selected for all STEP-UP program sites from this pool based on the criteria listed at the NIDDK STEP-UP website and are assigned to one of the Coordinating Centers.

Coordinating Centers work with students to select a research host for the summer. APS has many physiologists working on NIDDK-related research areas who are eager to host a STEP-UP Fellow each year. In 2012, more than 70 APS members requested to host the 25 APS STEP-UP Fellows!

For definitions of individuals underrepresented in STEM, see the Resources below.

For more information on the application process, feel free to contact the Program Staff.


Application Directions for STEP-UP from the NIDDK

Please read the following application directions before submitting an application for admission consideration into STEP-UP.


Frequently asked questions about APS Undergraduate Summer Research Programs.

NIH Definitions of Persons Underrepresented in STEM

Visit this page for definitions of groups underrepresented in STEM.

Summer Research Programs

List of APS undergraduate summer programs, eligibility, benefits and application deadlines.