PODS I & II Scholarships, part of the Foundation’s Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars (DOCS) Program, are to fund post-professional doctoral students.

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, including specialty areas, such as education, women’s health, 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 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 two PODS I and two PODS II awards. A new application is required for each year.

Spring 2019 Review Cycle

Application opens: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time)

Application deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time)

Administrative Review: January through February 2019

Scientific Review: February through April 2019

Scientific Review Committee Scoring: April 2019

Administrative Review of Reviews: May 2019

Board Awards Scholarships & Fellowships: June 2019

Earliest Notification: Friday, June 28, 2019 (at 5 pm Eastern Time)

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

Helpful Hints:

PODS Frequently Asked Questions

Successful & Unsuccessful Applicant Characteristics