Prizes & Awards

FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

The FGSA Award recognizes graduate students who have made noteworthy progress in their academic careers. This includes both those who demonstrate great potential as well as those with considerable accomplishments in their field. This award covers conference registration fees for the 2021 APS April Meeting. This award will be given as a registration waiver (or reimbursement for those who have already registered).

The deadline to apply is March 19, 2021. Applicants will be notified by Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Award Allocation: $145

Eligibility: Graduate students who are members of APS and FGSA

Application materials:

  • A maximum 4-page CV (please do not include your photography).
  • A maximum 2-page statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should describe applicant’s interest and purpose for attending the conference. The applicant should note how their participation will benefit them professionally and contribute in achieving their professional long-term goals. The statement may also include information on the applicant’s interest in the award.
  • List of objectives the applicant hopes to accomplish from attending the conference/workshop. Please include the list of objectives at the end of the statement of purpose.

We encourage graduate students of all stages to apply.

Award Policies/Criteria:

  • Past recipients of the FGSA Travel Award are typically not considered to receive the award again.
  • Applications are reviewed by considering the purpose/benefits for the applicant in attending the conference/workshop, the applicant’s objectives, and the potential for continued success in the field.
  • When multiple applications are deemed equal in merit, final selection will be based on applicant's financial need.

Have all materials ready when submitting your application. If you have any questions, please email fgsatravel@aps.org.

Apply Online

Please note, to access the online application you must Log In using your APS Web Account. 

FGSA Underrepresented Minority Student Awards

This award will cover registration fees for 10 URM students attending the 2021 APS March Meeting and registration fees for 10 students attending the 2021 APS April Meeting.

To be considered for this award please fill out this application form. To qualify you must be a graduate student planning to present during the 2021 APS March or April Meeting. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis with priority for students who submit their applications by March 25. Once your application is submitted, please expect a response within a week.

Travel & Expense Reimbursement Form
Due to escalating health concerns, FGSA Travel Awards have been suspended for the time being. An announcement will go out to FGSA members when applications re-open. Thank you for your understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the award more than once?
Yes, but it is highly unlikely that you will receive the award more than once. 

What can the award be used for?
The award can be used for travel to conferences, workshops and meetings that directly support your graduate research career. This includes events that are sponsored by APS as well as those that are not. The award CANNOT be applied to long-term events such as summer internships and travel to/from visiting researcher positions. If you are unsure whether you may apply the travel grant to a particular event email the FGSA Travel Committee with your question.

When will I hear the decision?
You will get a response about 2 - 3 weeks after the application period closes. Note that this means you may not hear back until after the award period starts. Please be aware of this especially if you have a conference at the start of the award period. 

If the event time-frame straddles two quarters (for example, if a conference begins at the end of March and finishes at the beginning of April), in what quarter do I need to apply for the award?
The date the conference begins marks what quarter it is in. In the example above, the applicant would need to apply for the first quarter (Q1) travel award to be considered for that conference. Note that this typically means the applications will due prior to this quarter.

Does the FGSA provide feedback on individual applications?
The FGSA cannot provide feedback on individual applications due to the large number of applicants. Generally speaking, the FGSA Travel Award committee makes the selection based on achievement and potential. This is to award applicants who have shown success as young scientists as well as those who would get the most out of attending their specified conference, workshop etc. The statement of purpose is important for evaluation of the latter.

How many applications do you receive, and what percentage of applicants receive the award?
We receive an average of 35 +/-4 applications per award season. The average acceptance rate is 17%. Since the FGSA Travel Award is given out 4 times a year we strongly encourage an applicant who has not been selected to reapply in future quarters. 

Does you award support summer school?
We accept applications for summer intensive (non-credit-bearing) programs. 

Can the travel award be used for conferences that aren't sponsored by APS?
Yes, it can be. 

Am I still eligible to apply if the conference I'm planning on attending is after I graduate?
As long as the applicant is a graduate student when the apply, they are eligible. Students who have not started their graduate program but will be a graduate student during the award period are welcome to apply. 

What can I do if I find an error in my application after it is submitted?
If an error is discovered after submission, an application can be removed from the system and a new application submitted online. The removal can be done by sending an e-mail request to FGSA Travel Committee. The request must be received and the new application must submitted before the application period closes.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.