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Award Description

The Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award program is designed to broaden participation of those pursuing professional careers in physiological sciences. The specific intent of this program is to increase active participation in and networking at scientific meetings among trainees and early career faculty who are from groups underrepresented in the physiological sciences.

Specifically, the program:

  • Provides travel awards to underrepresented diverse groups of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty members (within 5 years of obtaining a PhD) to attend the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB), and APS conferences.

Diversity Travel Award recipients receive up to $1,800 in expense reimbursement for registration, housing, meals, air and ground transportation, and tips, plus mentoring and networking opportunities during the meeting.


The APS Diversity Travel Awards are open to:

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty (recently transitioned; within 5 years of receiving a PhD); and/or with disabilities.
  • Applicants must be attending U.S. institutions and conducting research within the 50 States and U.S. Territories.
  • Applicants are allowed to receive up to two diversity travel awards maximum.

Note: Porter Physiology Development Fellows are encouraged to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Applicants are selected based on the applicant’s reasons for wishing to attend the meeting, CV, and recommendation letters. These awards do not provide funds for international travel.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.

Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,800

Award deadline: April 10 for the Institute on Teaching and Learning and the Heme Oxygenase and Related Enzymes conferences

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or early career faculty from a background underrepresented in STEM or with disabilities.

Past Awardees


Additional Award Information

This award is given out several times a year, please see the individual Conference webpages for more information.