How to Find Protected Research Time

The Application Cycle for the 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship is Now Open

May 2, 2023

By AAPA Research

Do you have an important research question, but have limited time to explore it? Don’t have an individual research project, but looking to broaden your research capacity? No matter where you’re starting, AAPA has financial support for researchers!

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The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship
The AAPA-PAEA Fellowship provides 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary, up to $30,000, to each fellow’s institution to secure protected time for research. Fellows are expected to use the release time to develop their research skills by completing and providing a research project under the guidance of a mentor, engaging in educational activities, and broadening their knowledge of PA education and the PA profession.

The deadline to apply through the PAEA Research online application platform is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. For more information about eligibility, applicant evaluation criteria, and application requirements, please download the 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship Submission Guidelines. Learn more and share with your network today!

The AAPA Small Research Grant and Scholars Program
As AAPA and state chapters advocate for the optimal PA practice environment, research focused on the safe, high-quality, cost-effective care that PAs provide to patients is crucial. In 2023, AAPA has allocated $100,000 to the Small Research Grant program to support this research for PAs who otherwise do not have access to institutional resources (e.g., time free from teaching or clinical practice, access to graduate student support, internal funding mechanisms, grant writing resources).

Not ready for an independent project but ready for research? AAPA is launching a new Scholars Program that will provide two researchers with $6,000 each and registration if they elect to present at AAPA 2024. Applications open May 15. The deadline to apply is July 30.

Mariya Marinova is AAPA’s Research Project Manager. You can reach her at

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