PODS I & II Scholarships, part of the Foundation’s Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars (DOCS) Program, are to fund post-professional doctoral students, who, having completed one full year of coursework, wish to continue their studies or have entered the dissertation phase of their post-professional doctoral program.

The Foundation encourages applicants from general and specialty areas to apply for funding. In 2018, funds are available for any area of physical therapy research, as well as specialty areas, including Education, Cardio/Pulmonary, and Neurology research relevant to physical therapy.

Scholarship categories within the PODS program have been established for the two distinct phases of education and training:

PODS I – Up to $7,500 per year in support of the coursework phase of post-professional doctoral studies prior to candidacy (as defined by the applicant’s institution).

PODS II – Up to $15,000 in support of the post-candidacy phase of post-professional doctoral studies (as defined by the applicant’s institution).

Successful PODS I and PODS II candidates may receive up to three PODS I and two PODS II awards totaling $52,500. A new application is required for each year.

Spring 2018 Review Cycle

Application opens: October 4, 2017

Application deadline: January 10, 2018

Administrative Review: January 2018

Scientific Review: February – March 2018

Scientific Review Committee Scoring: April 2018

Administrative Review of Reviews: May 2018

Board Awards Scholarships & Fellowships: June 2018

Earliest Notification: June 29, 2018

Eligibility and Guidelines

For specific eligibility requirements and application guidelines, use the link below (applicants must review these guidelines prior to moving to the next step of the application process).

PODS Scholarship Guidelines

Students enrolled in transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) programs are not eligible for PODS awards.

How to Apply

IMPORTANT: Please review the application components and all instructions carefully before starting!

PODS Scholarship Online Application Instructions

PODS Scholarship Online Application

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PODS Frequently Asked Questions

Successful & Unsuccessful Applicant Characteristics