Distinguished Student (DS) Program

Application Deadline: September 13, 2017.

We are pleased to announce the next round of travel awards for the Forum on International Physics Distinguished Student Program. The application deadline is September 13, 2017.

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The Forum on International Physics invites applicants for the Distinguished Student Program, which recognizes outstanding students in any field of physics. Both graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students will be considered for awards to support travel to make presentations at either of the two APS annual meetings.


The APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) recognizes that bringing outstanding students to an annual APS meeting can be a career changing experience. However it is also recognized that funding in many institutions is often insufficient to meet existing needs and opportunities. The Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) and the APS Office of International Affairs co-sponsors the APS Distinguished Student (DS) Program. We wish to apply resources to help launch the careers of the most deserving young students in our field, and believe that a Distinguished Student program of this kind can make a significant difference. FIP and the other sponsoring snits works to secure additional funding to complement and expand upon the DS program.


Foreign graduate students (i.e. not North Americans) and exceptional undergraduate students working abroad or in the U.S., will be selected annually for a DS award based on any or all of the following criteria:

  • Academic and research excellence, including completion of a research project appropriate for presentation at an APS meeting
  • Student teaching
  • Outreach to schoolchildren and the public
  • Leadership in diffusing the knowledge of physics in one's home country

Successful applicants will be invited to one of the two annual American Physical Society (APS) meetings, according to the subject of their research, to present their work.

Number of Awards Expected: 8 to 12 per year, depending on available funding

Award Amounts and Conditions:

  • $500 U.S. to assist awardees working in North America
  • Up to $2000 U.S. to assist those students working outside North America
  • Awards can be applied to registration, travel, and/or lodging for attendance at an APS meeting and will be distributed to awardees after that meeting

Time Limit

Your award will be applied to the next suitable APS meeting.

Newsletter Articles

Awardees traveling to an APS meeting may be asked to contribute to a Fall FIP Newsletter article, in that same year, under the guidance of the FIP Newsletter Editor.


The applicant must be:

  • A non-North America  graduate or undergraduate student who is enrolled in a degree program at a recognized university in the U.S. or abroad
  • An APS member of FIP, FGSA, or other units sponsoring the DS program. (Please make sure that you are an active APS and FIP member by checking the Members Only section of the APS website.)

Apply Online

The online application deadline is Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Applications are submitted online and should include the following items:

  • A cover letter of 5,000 characters (maximum), including:
    • Detailed explanation of the student's research program, including past accomplishments and current work, and its physics impact
    • Objectives for attending an APS meeting
    • A summary of education and outreach activities
    • Demonstrated innovation or leadership activities in or around your university
  • A curriculum vitae
  • An abstract (~1,500 characters) of the paper you wish to present
  • A reference letter from the head of the department or a supervisor at your university
  • Statement of financial support from other sources of funds

Have all materials ready when submitting your application. You cannot save the application or return to edit it.

If you have any questions, please email Jason Gardner (jason.gardnerfinstp@gmail.com).