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The goal of the Porter Physiology Development Program is to encourage diversity among students pursuing full-time studies toward the Ph.D. in the physiological sciences and to encourage their participation in the American Physiological Society.

The Porter Physiology Development Program provides 1-2 year full-time graduate fellowships in programs leading to the Ph.D. in the physiological sciences at U.S. institutions. The program is open to underrepresented ethnic minority applicants (Blacks/African-Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans/Native Alaskans; and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders) who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories and student members of the Society. The applicant’s advisor/PI must also be a member of APS.

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Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith Discusses the Impact of the Porter Physiology Development Program

Pamela Gunter-Smith, PhD, president of York College of Pennsylvania and Past Chair of the APS Porter Committee, discusses the impact of the Porter Program, and other similar APS programs that encourage diversity amongst students and professionals in the physiological sciences.

The Porter Fellowship at 50

In 2017, APS celebrates the 50th anniversary of its signature diversity program—the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship. We also highlight the programs’ pioneers and 24 of our past Porter Fellows in this book commemorating the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for applicants of the Porter Fellowship.

National Resource Mentoring Network (NRMN)

The NRMN is a consortium created to provide networking and mentoring experiences in support of training and professional development of individuals underrepresented in biomedical research careers.

Support the APS Porter Physiology Development Fellowships

Make a donation to support underrepresented graduate students via the Porter Minority Development Fund.

"The Significance of the Porter Development Fellowship for my Career"

Article by Nathanial Pitts, Porter Physiology Development Fellowship Receipient