Applying for the Fellowship

Interested students and research hosts should download the Host Application Instructions and Student Application Instructions as well as the FAQ document (see Resources below). It is important for applicants to read ALL of the application information on this page and in the application document and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete applications, including applications where students do not meet the criteria will not be reviewed.

Applications can ONLY be submitted online through the APS Online Awards Application System (see link below). The application deadline is February 1 each year and award recipients are notified by April 1.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have an over-all GPA of >3.0 (0-4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students.
  • Applicants must be from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. For more detail, refer to “NIH Definitions of Persons Underrepresented in STEM” under Resources.
  • The laboratory host must be an APS member in good standing. Looking for an APS member research lab to work in? Click on “Selecting Your Research Host” under Resources to find a list of interested research hosts in various locations.
  • Past STRIDE Fellows will be eligible for a second year of funding either in the same APS program or a different program (depending on eligibility) after successful completion of the first year. Selection for a second year of funding is not automatic. Past Fellows must submit a new application either with the same research host or a new host and should include a brief explanation of how a second year of funding will help his/her career development.
  • For additional information about eligibility and benefits, follow the “Summer Research Programs” link under Resources. 

Selection of Participants

Complete applications will be reviewed and awardees selected by the STRIDE Advisory Board and members of the Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee. Decisions will be final.

Selection of participants is based on the following parameters: potential impact of the fellowship on the student’s career development, academic merit, student’s understanding of the research project, socioeconomic issues, significant student involvement in research, research environment and funding, proposed interactions with research host and others in the lab, letters of recommendation, and quality of both student and research host application.



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Frequently asked questions about APS Undergraduate Summer Research Programs.

Host Application Instructions

Follow these instructions to complete the research host portion of the application.

NIH Definitions of Persons Underrepresented in STEM

Visit this page for definitions of groups underrepresented in STEM.

Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee

Read about the APS Porter Committee, charged with stimulating and supporting the development of underrepresented physiologists.

Selecting Your Research Host

Follow this link for more information about finding a research host for the summer. Remember, the host must be an APS member in good standing.

Student Application Instructions

Follow these instructions to complete and submit an application.

Summer Research Programs

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