The rank of Fellow of the American Physiological Society (FAPS) is an elite 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
Annual application deadline is February 3.
Nomination Process

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


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.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Society, as evidenced by involvement in APS activities.
  • Include two (2) written recommendations from active APS regular or emeritus members.

In addition, meet four of the six prerequisites below:

  • APS Leadership Role(s): Member of APS Council or Committee, Advisory Group or other Panel; Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor or Associate Editor of any APS-affiliated publication; elected office in an APS Section (excludes editorial board member or committee service at the Section level; see Public Service)
  • Independent Grant Support/Funding: Serve as Principal Investigator for peer-reviewed extramural research support from a nationally recognized agency (i.e. 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)
  • Public Service: Provide unpaid service that promotes the discipline of physiology and/or medicine (e.g. scientific study section, PhUn Week service, editorial board, committee service for an APS Section, leadership role in another scientific society, etc.) Preference will be given to APS service.
  • Teaching: Demonstrate leadership in local, state or national instruction in physiology or medicine (e.g. scholarly activity in education, recipient of a teaching award, developed new courses, authored/edited a textbook used at multiple institutions, etc.)

Items required as part of the application/nomination process:

  • Name and email address of two (2) nominators
  • Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format)
  • One PDF document highlighting evidence that the applicant/nominee a) meets four of the six prerequisites, and b) demonstrates a commitment to the Society (attendance at APS conferences, publication in APS journals, participation in APS Section activities, etc.). This document may be multiple pages.
Application Process
  • Select Apply Now.
  • Select 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 for Myself Now.
    • The next screen will take you to an overview of your profile. If there are any missing fields within your profile, you will need to select Update Your APS Profile, complete the missing fields and Save.
    • Once you have saved your profile, select Continue Application.
    • Select the award APS Fellow (FAPS) Nomination - 2021 - Due 2/3/2021 from the drop down menu and click Continue Application.
    • The next pages require you to enter pertinent details as well as provide related documentation. 
    • Finalize your application and select Submit My Application.
  • Or to nominate someone else for the honor, select Nominate Someone Now.
    • Select the award APS Fellow (FAPS) Nomination - 2021 - Due 2/3/2021 from the drop down menu and click Continue Nomination - STEP 2
    • Enter your nomination's APS member ID number or email address and select Continue Nomination - STEP 3.
    • Confirm that the member you wish to nominate is accurate and select Confirm Nomination - Continue to Application.
    • The next pages require you to enter pertinent details as well as provide related documentation. 
    • Finalize your application and select Submit My Application.

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