Summer Research Programs

APS is proud to offer five programs that allow undergraduate students to participate in research during the summer. Recipients of the Society’s five summer fellowship programs spend an average of 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member.

Each program recruits undergraduate students nationwide (worldwide for the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and the Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship), and some are geared toward providing research experiences to a wide range of students—including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and students with disabilities—to work with APS member-researchers in a specific area of physiological research.

Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Each Fellow receives a stipend plus additional funds for travel to present his or her research at a scientific meeting. Research hosts receive funds for student lab supplies.

Fellows participate in hands-on research and learn to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, and write and present results.

Application Information

To learn more about what information is needed to apply and how to apply for each program, please visit the specific program website linked below under Resources.



Applications Due

Notification of Decision 


February 1

April 1


February 1

April 1


February 15

March 9


February 1

April 1


February 1 

April 1

Note: You may submit an identical application for as many of the following fellowships for which you are eligible and your research fits within the specified areas. However, you will only be allowed to accept one.


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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.

Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship

The APS Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for undergraduate underrepresented students interested in exploring comparative and evolutionary biology research careers.

Other Institutions Offering UG Summer Research Programs (XLS)

Find other available undergraduate research opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

APS STEP-UP Program helps undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to increase understanding of and exposure to careers in biomedical research, experience biomedical research in NIDDK-related area and develop research and presentation skills, and become part of professional research community.

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE)

The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in exploring biomedical research careers. The program provides exposure to the core National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission areas.

Student Application Instructions

Follow these instructions to complete and submit an application.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships (UGREF)

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship program funds undergraduate students with significant prior laboratory research experience to work for the summer in the laboratory.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program (UGSRF)

Summer research fellowship for undergraduate students interested in physiology research.