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The APS Office of International Affairs urges all APS units to consider the needs of our international colleagues who constitute 22% of the Society’s membership and whose numbers continue to grow. We stand ready to assist you in pursuing your unit’s international connections and interests. We welcome your involvement with some of our existing programs and encourage you to share with us any initiatives that you believe would prove beneficial to the international physics community.
The APS International Travel Grant Award Program (ITGAP) promotes international scientific collaborations between APS members and physicists in developing countries. Grant recipients receive up to US$2,000 for travel and lodging expenses for international travel while visiting a collaborator for at least one month. One or both partners in the collaboration must be a member of at least one of the APS units that supports ITGAP.
The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) sponsors and the APS administers the exchange of physicists, post-docs, and physics graduate students between India and the U.S.
APS-IUSSTF Travel Program
The Sociedade Brasileira de Física and the APS co-sponsor a program to encourage the exchange of physics graduate students, post-docs, and professors between the U.S. and Brazil.
Brazil-U.S. Exchange Program
The APS visa website provides international visitors and U.S. conference organizers with information on matters related to U.S. visas. This site serves as a resource for updates on U.S. visa policy as well as links to information on how to apply for a visa and estimated visa wait times.
APS Visa Information
The Matching Membership Program was established in order to make APS membership available to physicists living in developing and hard-currency-poor countries. A half-price membership is available to those who have an individual or institution who will sponsor them and provide payment. Applicants who are unable to pay and who do not have a sponsor may request APS support; free membership is available to individuals on a limited basis. Enrollment is limited to 1.5% of the current APS membership level.
Matching Membership Program website
APS is committed to the human rights of physicists. Through its Committee on International Freedom of Scientists, APS monitors and advocates for the rights of individual scientists in the United States and around the globe. The Society also awards the Andrei Sakharov Prize every two years to a scientist “to recognize outstanding leadership and/or achievements…in upholding human rights.” The APS is also a member of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition.
APS Human Rights Information
Dr. Amy K. Flatten
Director, International Affairs
Phone: (301) 209-3236
Ms. Michele Irwin
International Programs Administrator
Phone: (301) 209-3237