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Award at a Glance

Award amount: Travel expense reimbursement to the APS annual meeting for two years ( $1,200 maximum each)

Application deadline: November 21

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: APS student members who are enrolled in a full-time graduate program leading to a PhD.

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Award Description

The Graduate Student Ambassador (GSA) fellowship program was launched in 2015 by the Trainee Advisory Committee and APS Council to encourage graduate students to serve as liaisons between local undergraduate/graduate students and the Society. The program goal is to share the importance of involvement in professional societies with students and with the community.

  • The fellowships are awarded annually to five graduate students who are members of the APS and enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • The awardees serve a two-year term.

The GSA program includes the following activities:

  • Travel support including meeting registration and travel expense reimbursement for two years to attend Experimental Biology (EB);
  • Training to enhance knowledge of APS programs, membership benefits, leadership and presentation skills;
  • Local/regional outreach visits at their local institutions presenting the importance of involvement in:
    • professional societies,
    • promoting APS programs and awards,
    • encouraging involvement in APS chapters and meeting, particularly to underrepresented diverse group of students and sharing information about professional skill training courses; and
    • Mentoring the incoming GSA cohort.
  • Provide GSA's with the opportunity to build leadership, good communication and outreach skills


Applicants must:

  • Be an active APS student member in good standing;
  • Be enrolled in a PhD program in physiology or related discipline;
  • Passed or actively pursuing their qualifying/preliminary exams prior to application; and
  • Be an outgoing, personable, creative, driven and self-motivated individual.

Applicants preferably have been one or more of the following:

  • David Bruce Awardee for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • APS Martin Frank Diversity Travel Awardee (formerly known as the APS Minority Travel Fellowship Awards)
  • APS Summer Research Fellow (UGSRF, UGREF, STRIDE, IOSP, or Hearst programs)
  • APS Section Awardee
  • APS Professional Skills Training Course Participant
  • APS Porter Physiology Development Fellow
  • Other APS awardee or program participant


Application materials include:

  • An essay describing research, qualifying skills, and career aspirations;
  • Your CV; and
  • A letter of recommendation from your mentor/PI.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC).

Awardees will be selected on the basis of:

  • ability to reflect diversity of underrepresented groups
  • leadership skills;
  • willingness to establish collaborations with other institutions;
  • availability on social media platforms;
  • presentation/lecture experience;
  • mentoring experience;
  • letters of recommendation; and 
  • geographic location

Additional documents:

Awardees will also be selected to reflect a diversity of racial/ethnic groups and geographic locations.


Applications are only accepted via online submission.