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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $20,000 and complimentary registration to attend the APS annual meeting at (EB)

Application deadline: January 7

Questions? Contact: Member Communities Department

Who Can Apply: Must be an APS member and investigator who holds an academic rank no higher than assistant professor. 

Award Description

The Beverly Petterson Bishop Award recognizes excellence in neuroscience and neurophysiology research. The award is presented annually to an investigator who holds an academic rank no higher than assistant professor, demonstrating outstanding promise based on their program in neuroscience and/ or neurophysiology research. The awardee receives a $20,000 honorarium designated for use in their research program, but does not include any indirect cost reimbursement.

The award is announced during the APS Business Meeting held during the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB). The recipient receives:

  • complimentary registration to attend EB; and
  • a certificate recognizing his/her designation as a Beverly Petterson Bishop Awardee.


Applications are accepted from APS members in good standing who are performing neuroscience research.

The selection committee is comprised of representatives from the Central Nervous System (CNS) and Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) sections. 


  • Applicant must be an APS member in good standing for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years at the time of application  
  • Must hold a rank no higher than assistant professor
  • U.S. residency is not required
  • description of current and future research program;
  • description of outstanding promise based on the research in the field of neuroscience;
  • NIH-style biosketch;
  • list of any other current or pending grant support not included in biosketch;
  • copy of first-author abstract(s) submitted for presentation at the APS annual meeting at EB;
  • a letter of recommendation from department chair, administrator or mentor; and
  • Two (2) letters of support discussing the impact of the applicant's research in the field of neuroscience. At least one (1) of these letters should be from an individual the applicant hasn't worked with.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.