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Award at a Glance

Award amount:  up to $10,000

Application deadline: May 31

Questions? Contact: Member Community Department

Who Can Apply: Must be an APS member for a minimum of two years at the time of application submission.

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Award Description

The APS Teaching Career Enhancement Award (TCEA) is designed to enhance the career potential of regular members of APS who hold a rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or above. The award of up to $10,000 allows an individual to develop innovative and potentially widely applicable programs for teaching and learning physiology.

The award can be used either to support short-term visits to other schools to consult with experts who can assist with the development project, to pay for attendance at special courses devoted to methodologies appropriate for the educational development project, or research or development collaborations that will result in products or publications. The award does not include any reimbursement of indirect costs or daily per diem.

Please note: the awardee is expected to attend the APS annual meeting (following the awardee announcement) for the award presentation. It is incumbent upon the awardee to assure that they will be able to attend the APS annual meeting with their own travel support. The award cannot be deferred to future years.

Applications submitted for the May 31 deadline should request funding for career enhancement activities that will be undertaken after July 15. 

Applicants should note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  A condition of the award is that successful applicants complete a short survey on the outcomes of their career enhancement activity 3-5 years after its completion.  In addition, the Award should be acknowledged in any publications arising from the Teaching Career Enhancement Award. The funds for this award should be used within the award year. 


Applicant must be a member in good standing of the APS for a minimum of two consecutive years at the time of application. U.S. residency is NOT required. 

  • The goal(s) and measurable objectives for their project, i.e., what does the applicant expect to accomplish and what will be the outcomes? For example,
    • Research abstracts submitted to Experimental Biology or the APS Institute on Teaching and Learning,
    • Teaching materials submitted to the LifeSci Teaching Resource Community,
    • Research manuscripts submitted to Advances in Physiology Education,
    • Leadership of a group in the Physiology Education Community of Practice,
    • Implementation of a new or significantly revised course or unit with a plan for evaluating its effectiveness, and/or
    • Other similar outcomes that indicate an improvement in teaching methods and/or a contribution to teaching knowledge.
  • The methods that will be used to accomplish these objectives, for example,
    • The experts or collaborators the applicant proposes to visit and what benefits each will bring to the project
    • A detailed description of the research to be undertaken or the course to be develop, etc.
    • A detailed course outline of any course or training that the applicant proposes to attend  and how it will help the applicant accomplish his/her objectives
  • The long-term impacts of this project, for example
    • A description of how this opportunity will be incorporated into future courses or help the applicant approach their research goals
    • How the project will benefit the applicant’s career, institution and (where appropriate) the teaching of physiology in general.
    • How the applicant will share what has been learned with the broader physiology teaching community (Presentations, posters, workshops, publications, etc.)
  • Provide a justification for the requested funds (not to exceed $10,000). Must include a quote for any products/equipment being purchased from vendors. 
  • Appropriate approvals by institutional oversight committees (e.g., IRB, IACUC) or proof of exemption for any educational research study or teaching materials development project involving animals or humans.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from the Chair of their Department or equivalent.
  • Provide:
    • a letter from any expert agreeing to the proposed visit and/or
    • a detailed course outline for any course(s) that they propose to attend
  • Provide a detailed curriculum vitae.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.