Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Scholarships and Fellowships

Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships

Up to 14 awards for pre-candidacy PhD coursework

  • $7,500, can be renewed once, but requires another application

Up to 12 awards for PhD candidates

  • $15,000, may be awarded twice

Individuals may receive up to $45,000 in total from both types of awards.

Post-professionals pursuing EdDs, DScs and other equivalent PhDs are eligible to apply.

Note that the Foundation is now using a new platform to simplify and streamline the application, peer-review process and manage our grants. All online submissions will now be accepted through Altum’s propsalCentral. Check out our Scholarship Reporting Instructions for more information on how to utilize this new system to submit the reports related to these awards.

The Foundation is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

2025 Scholarships*

October 4: Applications open

January 13: Applications close

June: Awards announced

*2024 Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships applications closed January 10, 2024

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).


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!

Online Application Instructions

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:

  • Bella May Fund
  • Charlene Mae Nelson Endowment Fund
  • Florence P. Kendall Fund
  • Mildred Wood Endowment Fund
  • Phoebe Rhomberger Fund
  • Viva J. Erickson Fund

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

Learn more about the Promotion of Doctoral Studies I and II Scholarship application process: Pathways for PhD’s


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