APA Young Investigator Award

Funding Track Overview

The APA Young Investigator Award funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains.

Awardees may receive up to $10,000. The funds available for this program are determined annually by the APA Board of Directors. The number of awards is dependent upon the available funds and the budgets requested in each submitted LOI.

APA YIA Qualifications

The principal investigator and primary mentor of any submitted LOI must be members of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  1. Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  2. Fellows
  3. Residents


  • Extended family leave
  • Job sharing
  • Military service and deployment.
  • Graduates of APA-sponsored programs that include a focus on research (e.g. Educational Scholars Program, Research Scholars Program) may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA program provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor level, or the equivalent.
  • Individuals with 1- or 2-year career development awards from their home institutions or who have received small external career development awards without salary support are eligible to apply.

Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include:

  • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
  • The mentor's letter should also support this request for extended eligibility and attest to the applicant's commitment to research.

Questions concerning eligibility may be sent to APA staff at yia@academicpeds.org.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for APA Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding track.

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