The Fellow of the APS application is now open.

FAPS application deadline: September 15, 2022.

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
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. 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;
    • 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 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, 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 regular or emeritus member who is well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer involvement.

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 (Due September 15) 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 (Due September 15) 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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