Prizes & Awards

Distinguished Student (DS) Program

Extended Application Deadline: October 5, 2020

The Distinguished Student Program (DS) recognizes that bringing outstanding students to the annual APS meetings can be a career-changing experience.

However, the Forum on International Physics (FIP) and APS also recognize that funding available to the students is often insufficient to meet existing needs and opportunities. To overcome these difficulties, the FIP and APS established the DS Program to provide outstanding Non-US students with financial support to participate in the APS Meetings.

This year, in alignment with the FIP Strategic Goals for 2020-21, the DS Program decided to focus on a specific region. It will target ONLY the following countries: Jordan, Pakistan and North Africa.

Students enrolled in institutions in these countries (Jordan, Pakistan and North Africa) are invited to apply for the DS travel grants for participating in the APS April Meeting 2021.

Both graduate students and exceptional undergraduates will be considered.
Successful applicants will be invited to the April Meeting 2021 to present their work.

The deadline for the application is December 6, 2020.

Award Amount and Conditions

Students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs in the following countries: Jordan, Pakistan, and North Africa are invited to apply for the DS travel grants for participating in the APS April Meeting 2021.

Applicants must be both an APS and FIP member.

If you are not an APS and/or FIP member, please apply for an APS membership and join the FIP.

Students are eligible for one-year Free Trial Student Membership.

See how to join the APS and how to join FIP.

The DS travel grant provides up to $2000 to assist international travel and lodging costs for attendance at the APS April Meeting 2021.

These travel awards will be reimbursed to the awardees after the meetings.

Due to the pandemic, in case of a virtual April Meeting 2021, the DS program will provide ONLY the registration fees for the meeting and the DS awardees will be invited to present their work by giving a virtual talk at the April Meeting 2021.

Apply online here

The deadline is December 6, 2020.

Applications should include the following items:

  1. CV
  2. Filled form (you can find it here)
  3. Letter of support from the advisor
  4. An abstract (~1,500 Characters) of the paper you wish to present.

Please email the completed form and other requirements listed above to the DS Chair Program, Maria Longobardi.

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.

2019 DS Award Recipients

APS March Meeting

  • Binaya Kumar Sahu – India - Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research
  • Garima Aggarwal – India - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Simon Batzner – Germany & Harvard University
  • Helena Drueeke – Germany - University of Rostock
  • Md Shafayat Hossain – Bangladesh & Princeton University
  • Felix Sebastian Kratz – Germany -Technical University of Dortmund
  • Indrajit Maity – India - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Hinako Murayama – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sofia Ferreira Teixeira – Portugal - University of Porto

APS April Meeting

  • Deniz Aybas - Turkey & Boston University
  • Meghna Bhattacharya – India - University of Mississippi
  • Alejandro Cardenas Avendano – Colombia & University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Alemayehu Cherkos – Ethiopia - Addis Ababa University
  • Alberto Roper Pol – Spain & University of Colorado


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maria Longobardi.