The Fellow of the APS application will open July 2024.

FAPS application deadline: September 15, 2024.

The rank of Fellow of the American Physiological Society (FAPS) is an esteemed member status reserved to honor distinguished leaders who have demonstrated excellence in science, have made significant contributions to physiological sciences and related disciplines and have served the Society. The designation of Fellow is an honor and shall remain valid for the duration of APS membership. Candidates should consider the advancement to Fellow status to be an opportunity to become more active in the internal affairs of the Society, including serving in a leadership capacity.


  • Entitlement to use the designation of FAPS to represent outstanding achievement
  • Recognition by the Society in various public forums
  • Framed certificate of recognition
  • Fellow lapel pin
  • Crystal award
For consideration for FAPS status, candidates must:
  • Possess regular and/or emeritus member status for at least fifteen (15) consecutive years postdoctoral prior to the year of nomination.
    • If the applicant had a gap in membership for just cause, they must a) have at least fifteen (15) total years of regular and/or emeritus membership with five (5) years of consecutive regular and/or emeritus membership immediately preceding the year of nomination, and b) explain the lapse in membership in the application documentation.
  • Have a track record of APS leadership or service (select at least 3 leadership/service must be met from this list). Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • APS Counselor, elected office or committee chair;
    • member of an APS committee, advisory group or task force;
    • leadership role in APS Section or Interest Group; 
    • leadership role in APS Chapters
    • editor-in-chief, deputy editor, associate editor or editorial board member for any APS-affiliated publication;
    • committee member or elected office for an APS Section or Interest Group;
    • leadership role in PhUn Week activities;
    • APS conference organizer;
    • symposium organizer at multiple APS conferences.

    (Note: Submitting abstracts and/or routinely attending EB or APS meetings does not suffice.)

    In addition, meet three of the five prerequisites below:
    • Independent Grant Support/Funding: Serve as Principal Investigator for peer-­‐reviewed extramural research support from a nationally or internationally recognized agency (e.g., NIH, NSF).
    • Publications: Demonstrate consistent scholarly production in the form of journal articles and/or book chapters with at least five (5) articles in APS publications as first or senior author.
    • Administration: Serve in a leadership position in academia, industry or government (e.g., section chief, department chair, dean, vice president, chief medical officer, CEO, site lead).
    • Professional Service: Provide unpaid service that promotes the discipline of physiology and/or medicine (e.g., scientific study section, editorial board for a non-­APS journal, leadership role in another scientific society, local state and national science fairs, science blogger focusing on physiology/medicine).
    • Teaching: Demonstrate leadership in local, state or national physiology or medicine education (e.g., course director, developed new courses or curriculum, developed/published teaching resources such as laboratory manual, textbook, or software package used at multiple institutions; recipient of teaching award(s), scholarly activity in education, ect.) Note: Simply providing lectures in a physiology course does not suffice. 
    Items required as part of the application/nomination process:
    • A “Statement of Qualifications” document (PDF file; no page limit) highlighting evidence that the candidate a) demonstrates a commitment to the APS, as evidenced by a track record of leadership roles or service to the Society, and b) meets three (3) of the five (5) prerequisites.
    • Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format)
    • Name and email address of two (2) active APS member nominators
    • Two nomination letters from a current APS Fellows is required for all applications
Nomination Process

Candidates may apply or be nominated by any active APS FAPS regular or emeritus member who is well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer involvement.

Application Process
  • Select Apply Now.
  • Log In with Your APS Account. If you've forgotten your password, it may be reset on the login screen by clicking "Forgot Password".

To apply for the honor yourself, select Apply.

  • The next screen will take you to the disclosure statement. Answer the question and click "submit"
  • The application will then appear with the questions. Once you have answered the questions the red X will turn to a blue check mark. 
  • If you have file uploads be sure to click on the "upload selected file" button
  • Once you have submitted all of your documents and answered all the questions click "submit application".

Or to nominate someone else for the honor, Enter the members email address in the text box under "Submit a Nomination."

  • The award Fellows application will appear if they are eligible;
  • Click the nominate button;
  • Answer the disclosure statement question and hit submit;
  • The application will appear. Answer all the questions and upload the necessary documents;
  • Once completed click the "submit application" button. If you are not able to complete the full application click "save and continue later"

If you have questions or need assistance please contact Scarletta Whitsett, Awards and Events Manager.



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