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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $28,300 stipend

Application deadline: January 15

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Graduate student members from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority background who are enrolled as a full-time program leading to a PhD Advisor/PI must also be an APS member.

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Award Description

The goal of the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship is to encourage diversity among students pursuing full-time studies toward the PhD in the physiological sciences and to encourage their participation in the American Physiological Society (APS).


The fellowship provides:

  • A $28,300 stipend;
  • Online professional development activities on networking skills and career development; and
  • Opportunities for travel awards to attend the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB), outreach and other professional service.

  • The program is open to underrepresented diverse groups of applicants 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.


The review committee accepts multiple applications from the same institution. However, if significant duplication of content between the two applications (plagiarism) is suspected, the committee reserves the right to reject applications without review.

The committee will make no more than one award to applications from the same mentor/lab in a specific year. The committee also reserves the right to limit the number of awards made to applicants from the same institution in a single year.

Please note that unsuccessful applicants will not be provided with feedback on their application.

Location of Study

Applicants for Porter Fellowships may choose institutions of higher education that offer advanced degrees in physiology. The fellow may study or engage in research away from the fellowship institution during part of the tenure of the award, if the faculty judges such opportunity to be advantageous for the fellow's training.


Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the possibility of a second year of funding if trainee progress is rated by the Committee to be good. Under exceptional circumstances, a third year may be awarded. Not all renewal applications will necessarily be funded. However, a student who is not given a second year of funding may reapply to the program as a new applicant for a second year of funding.


Annual stipends under the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship Program are $28,300. There is no dependency allowance. No tuition or fees will be paid by the APS on behalf of the fellow since the Committee believes that graduate scholarships and other educational allowances are available at most institutions. In addition, funds for research support will be the responsibility of the training institution. A fellow may not accept private employment or another similar fellowship stipend simultaneously.

Evaluation and Selection

Applicant qualifications will be reviewed by the members of the Porter Physiology Development and Minority Physiologists Committee, which serves as the panel of researchers working as the selection committee. Awards will be made on:

  • basis of the applicant’s potential for success including academic record, statement of interest, previous awards and experiences, recommendation letters,
  • applicant’s proposed training environment (including quality of preceptor); and
  • applicant’s research/training plan (clarity and quality).

Applications should provide sufficient information for the reviewer to assess focus and breadth of the research proposed and its applicability to the physiological sciences. Applicants must provide information on/documentation of their training in: responsible conduct of research, human subjects use, and care and use of vertebrate animals in research, as appropriate.

Condition of Award

Awards will be made to the applicant’s institution. Fellows will be required to be enrolled full‐time in a program leading to the PhD in the physiological sciences. While many departments require a reasonable quantity of teaching or similar activities as part of the fellow's graduate training and development, the primary purpose of the fellowship is the scholarly development of the trainee. Institutions are expected to supplement Porter stipends to match that of comparable level fellows according to seniority.

A complete description of progress by the fellow, a current academic transcript, and a letter from the advisor (or institutional representative) certifying that the fellow is making satisfactory progress will be required in March following the initiation of the fellowship year. This is NOT the renewal application; a separate renewal application can be submitted in January. Decisions regarding support beyond the first year will be based upon review of the renewal application and availability of funds. Graduate student membership in the American Physiological Society is also required for a second year of support.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.