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. 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 $45,000. A new application is required for each year. No overhead costs are covered by Foundation research grants, scholarships, or fellowships.

Please note that FPTR has adopted new PODS reporting instructions. (1Mb, PDF)


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time) – Application Opens
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (at 12 pm Noon Eastern Time) – Application Deadline
January 2021 – Administrative Review
February through March 2021 – Scientific Review
April 2021 – Scientific Review Committee Scoring
May 2021 – Administrative Review of Reviews
June 2021 – Board Awards Scholarships & Fellowships

Earliest Notification: Friday, June 25, 2021

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.

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

PODS Scholarship Online Application Instructions

PODS Scholarship Online Application

Special Thanks

The Foundation relies on donors to make all funding opportunities available. Thanks to the following donors who have established funds to support scholarships in specific areas:

The Bella May Fund (Supports Education Research)

The Mildred Wood Endowment Fund (Supports Education Research)

Special thanks to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for annually supporting scholarship funding in any area of research.


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PODS I Scholarships Awarded
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