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AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship

The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship places graduate and postgraduate students at media sites for the summer where they work as science journalists and learn more about science communication. Each year, APS sponsors a Fellow for this unique opportunity aimed at improving science communications to the general public.

Applicants must apply through the AAAS website. See below for link for additional information and requirements.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Deadline is January 15.

APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship

The APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship seeks to engage early career investigators in advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research. In addition, experienced members of the APS Science Policy Committee (SPC) will mentor participants in developing their advocacy skills. Applicants must be members in good standing of the APS, have received their doctoral degree within the previous ten years, and reside in the US during the period of the fellowship. APS Early Career Advocacy Fellows will attend an orientation session at the Experimental Biology meeting to learn about the Society’s advocacy efforts and receive preliminary training for their Capitol Hill visits. Then in the fall, fellows will attend the SPC’s meeting in Bethesda to participate in Capitol Hill visits with SPC members and APS staff. The Advocacy Fellowship will provide registration for the EB meeting (please note that the fellowship does not cover any travel expenses related to EB) and reimbursement of travel costs for the fall SPC meeting in Bethesda up to $1500. 

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Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award 

Award: $1,000 and Advanced EB Registration
Deadline: January 24
Contact: Education Office

The Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award ($1,000 + advanced EB registration) honors an early career stage (graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, Assistant Professor or equivalent position) member of the American Physiological Society. The Award will honor someone who is judged to have made outstanding contributions to the physiology community and demonstrated dedication and commitment to furthering the broader goals of the physiology community. This can be by serving on professional committees, participating in K-12 education outreach, participating in scientific advocacy and outreach programs, or by otherwise strengthening and promoting the physiology community.

See below for link for additional information and requirements.

Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards

Award: $500 plus advance rate meeting registration reimbursement
Deadline: Coincides with EB meeting abstract deadline
Contact: Education Office

Thanks to generous donations from several sources, the APS offers four abstract-based awards for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:

  • Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards (36 at $500 each)
  • Fleur L. Strand Professional Opportunity Award (1 at $1,000)
  • Steven M. Horvath Professional Opportunity Awards (2 at $500 each)
  • Gabor Kaley Professional Opoortunity Awards (2 at $500 each; contingent upon available funding)

To be considered for these awards, the candidate must apply to the tum Suden/Hellebrandt awards, be the first author of an abstract submitted to APS for the Experimental Biology meeting, and must be a member of APS in good standing (either Student or Regular) at the time the application is submitted.

Please review the Awards site or the FAQ documents in the Resources Section below for details. Click on the Apply Now button above to submit an application. Please note that this is NOT a travel award; it is an abstract-based award. Only one abstract-based award may be accepted.

Current and Past Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards Winners

International Early Career Physiologist Travel Awards

Deadline: November 13
Contact: Executive Office

The International Early Career Physiologist (IECP) Travel Awards are presented to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members who work outside the United States. This initiative of the International Physiology Committee is designed to assist with travel expenses that international early career physiologists incur in attending the Experimental Biology Meeting in order to present their work. Up to 12 awards of $1,000 each will be made annually.

To be eligible for an IECP Travel Award, the applicant: (1) Must be an APS member in good standing; (2) Must be studying for a doctoral degree or have received a doctoral degree within the past 15 years; (3) Must not be above the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent; and 4) Must submit an abstract as presenting author (i.e. first author) to the Experimental Biology meeting (see “Tips on Writing a Successful Abstract” below) and attend the meeting to present their work. The abstract must be submitted to a Topic Category of the APS Section to which the applicant’s research is relevant. Individuals who have received an IECP travel award in two consecutive years are not eligible to apply for award in the third year.

Please note that Student Members must have their abstract sponsored by an APS Regular Member; if you cannot find a Regular Member to sponsor your abstract, please contact Michael Hill, Chair of the International Physiology Committee (

Applicants must complete the on-line application, and upload a brief curriculum vitae and a pdf of the abstract that has been submitted for the Experimental Biology meeting. Applications are reviewed and rated by the International Physiology Committee.

In order to receive an IECP Travel Award, successful candidates are required to attend the Experimental Biology meeting and present their work. Awardees will be recognized and reimbursement checks presented at the APS Business Meeting during the Experimental Biology Meeting.

See Resources below for more information and tips on applying for the IECP Travel Award.

Tips on Writing a Successful Abstract 

Current and past IECP Travel Awardees

APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award

The APS is offering travel awards for individuals who traditionally have been underrepresented in science to attend the APS meetings and conferences. The specific intent of the APS Minority Travel Fellowship is to increase active participation in and networking at scientific meetings among pre- and post-doctoral students who are from groups underrepresented in the physiological sciences.

The APS Minority Travel Fellowship Awards are open to underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty (recently transitioned); and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty (recently transitioned) with disabilities. Applicants must be attending US institutions and conducting research within the 50 States and U.S. Territories. Porter Physiology Development Fellows are encouraged to apply. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. These awards do not provide funds for international travel.
Awardees will receive up to $1,800 in expense reimbursement for registration, housing, meals, air and ground transportation, and tips. Each recipient is matched with an APS “Meeting Mentor” at the conference.

See below for link for additional information and requirements.

Deadline is 1 week after the EB abstract deadline or APS conference abstract deadline.

Novel Disease Model Award for Postdoctoral Fellow

$800 (Postdoctoral Award)
EB Abstract Deadline (NOTE: NEW DEADLINE!)
Supported by: Beijing Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Science and Technology Co., Ltd. 
Education Office

The Postdoctoral Novel Disease Model Award recognizes a trainee whose investigation in a novel disease model has been designated by the Physiologists in Industry Committee as an outstanding example of experimental research. There is no limitation on the novel disease model; it may be in vitro, in situ, ex vivo, or in vivo. Applicants will be evaluated on their first-author EB meeting abstract and a supplementary one-page (maximum) description of 1) the novelty of the disease model and the potential utility of the system for future research related to a disease process, 2) their contribution to the work, and 3) their career goals. The applicant does not have to be an APS member and there are no restrictions on how the award is spent. Awardee is recognized at the APS Business Meeting.
Applicants must upload 1) a copy of their EB meeting abstract and 2) a one-page description of the novelty of the disease model and its potential utility for future research, their contribution to the work, and their career goals. Awardees are allowed to receive the Novel Disease Model Award only once as a postdoctoral fellow.
The Award is supported by Beijing Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Science and Technology Co., Ltd.