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Award at a Glance

Application deadline: December 18

Questions? Contact: rosthus@physiology.org

Who Can Apply: Must be an APS member within ten years of their doctoral degree.

Award Description

This two-year program seeks to engage early-career investigators in advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research. In addition, experienced members of the APS Science Policy Committee (SPC) will mentor participants in developing their advocacy skills.

In 2021 Early-career Advocacy Fellows will:

  • Participate in a spring orientation session via Zoom to learn about the Society’s advocacy efforts and receive preliminary training for their virtual Capitol Hill meetings.
  • Receive regular emails on science policy issues from the APS.
  • Participate in virtual Capitol Hill meetings with SPC members and APS staff.
  • Actively participate in at least one project with the SPC. Examples might include helping draft comments on behalf of the Society in response to proposed legislation or changes in agency policy or developing an advocacy resource for APS members. Fellows may also initiate a project in consultation with APS staff.
  • Participate in a letter writing workshop which will focus on how to write messages to government officials and letters to the editor for local publications.

If conditions permit, in person activities including Capitol Hill visits will resume in 2022.

For questions or additional information, please contact Rebecca Osthus in the APS Office of Science Policy (email: rosthus@physiology.org, phone: 301-634-7254).


Applicants should:

  • Be members in good standing of the American Physiological Society.
  • Have received their doctoral degree within the previous ten years.
  • Have excellent communication skills and an interest in advocacy.
  • Live in the U.S. during the two-year award period.

Complete applications will be reviewed by the APS Science Policy Committee. Awardees will be selected based on their communications skills; letter of intent; ideas for incorporating advocacy into future professional activities; and letters of recommendation. If needed, the selection process may include a telephone interview with a member of the Science Policy Committee.

Applications should be submitted through the APS online award portal. Application packet should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page letter of intent including:
    • Why you are applying for this program;
    • How you envision incorporating advocacy into your future professional activities; and
    • Any previous experience with advocacy activities.
  • Two letters of support. The letter writers should be familiar with your interest in advocacy and outreach and able to attest to your communication skills. Applicants in a mentored position (i.e. post-doctoral fellowship) should include a letter of support from department or division head.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.