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.
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
- 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
Awardees will also be selected to reflect a diversity of racial/ethnic groups and geographic locations.
Applications are only accepted via online submission.