American Society of Hematology

Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The application deadline has now passed.

The ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award provides an opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a yearlong laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member.

After the research experience, award recipients attend the ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, which takes place each year in December, and participate in an orientation breakfast. During the breakfast, members of the Committee on Training and the Trainee Council are available to discuss specific areas of research and give award recipients advice on sessions, events, abstracts, and/or posters at the annual meeting that may be related to their area of interest.

Program Benefits

The Physician-Scientist Career Development Award provides up to five recipients each year with $42,000 of funding. This includes $28,000 to support the trainee, $5,500 for research supplies, $5,500 for insurance and educational expenses (including one course), and $3,000 for meeting attendance (including the ASH annual meeting).

The award is for a one-year period – generally July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Up to five awards will be granted per year. Awards will be paid directly to the participating institution of the mentor. Indirect costs (i.e., facilities and administration costs) are not allowed.

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Application DeadlineJanuary 17, 2017
Award NotificationMarch 2017
Award ActivationJuly 1, 2017
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Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be a Medical Student member of ASH (application is free and considered on a rolling basis)
  • Be a first-, second-, or third-year medical student actively enrolled in an MD or DO medical program in an LCME or AOA COCA (or its equivalent) accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and be in good standing relative to their course work
  • Be planning an investigative career in laboratory, translational, or clinical hematology research
  • Propose a hematology research project that will be exclusive to the applicant and will be conducted within the mentor’s lab
  • Propose a project that may take place at the institution where the applicant is in medical school or at another institution with sufficient activity in hematology research and education as judged by the award study section
  • Plan to conduct the research at an institution that will allow for continued enrollment in medical school and/or will provide an alternative mechanism for the student to maintain health, dental, and vision insurance during the award term (up to $5,500 in funding is provided for premiums for this insurance)
  • Have a research mentor who is an active ASH member at the time of application, will remain an ASH member for the duration of the award term, and has active research funding in hematology from the NIH or an equivalent organization
  • Agree to spend more than 80 percent of his/her time conducting research during the one-year experience; some clinical shadowing of hematologists or related providers during the year is allowed

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program (students who earned a PhD prior to medical school will be considered on an individual basis if their field of PhD study lies outside of biomedical science)
  • Applicants who have other concurrent funding for a similar experience

Please note: No more than one award will be made to a student working with one mentor.

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Physician-Scientist Career Development Award mentors must be ASH members who will assume the responsibilities of overseeing the award recipient’s work and progress. Mentors assist in completing the program application, aid the recipient in his/her research, and ensure that the recipient meets all deadlines, including those for award reports.

ASH believes that a multiple mentorship model is important for researchers regardless of their career stage. Therefore, the applicant may include a second mentor in his/her application to provide advice and career development support as well as additional guidance on research questions. If the study section believes additional mentorship may be beneficial to the applicant, members of the study section will be responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor and facilitating contact. The additional mentor will coordinate with the research mentor to the extent that is feasible and desirable.

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Application Process

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted through the ASH online awards module (no applications submitted outside of the online awards module will be accepted). Any submission that does not follow the application requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed by the study section. There will be no appeals or consideration for additional or further review once an application has been determined to be ineligible.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Project Proposal (three-page limit with the option of one additional page of references)
  • Applicant Career Development Plan (one-page limit)
  • Applicant NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Mentor NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Research Mentor Letter of Support: the letter should state the support the applicant will receive from the mentor and the mentor’s institution
  • Institutional Letter of Support: the letter should be from a dean of the home institution of the applicant or an appropriate leader of the institution where the research will be conducted, confirming that if accepted the applicant will continue to be enrolled in medical school and/or insurance will be maintained during the award period
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Additional Year Reapplication

Students making significant progress may submit a written request to renew the award for one additional year. Award renewal requests should be submitted at nine months into the award period. These requests will be judged competitively against new award applications and on a case by case basis by considering the progress made during the first year of research. back to top

Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the Physician-Scientist Career Development Award study section. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The significance and originality of the proposed study and hypothesis
  • The appropriateness, feasibility, and adequacy of the proposed experiment and methodology
  • A focus on basic, translational, or clinical health sciences hematology research
  • The qualifications and experiences of the applicant; factors to be considered include, among others, the potential for future independent investigation and commitment to a career in hematology research
  • The qualifications of the mentor both in terms of past mentorship in hematology and the ability to lead the medical student to a successful end product of a submitted manuscript within the year of research work
  • The strength of the institutional letter of support as it pertains to the quality and level of support the applicant is to receive from the institution
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Terms and Conditions

All awards will be activated on July 1, 2017, and will conclude on June 30, 2018 (off cycle exceptions can be allowed with explanation). Payment will be made in two equal installments (on July 1 and on January 1) to the institution at which the recipient will conduct his/her research.

Research award funds cannot be deferred and are non-transferable.

As a condition of acceptance of the ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award, it is required that:

  • All funds be used to provide the award recipient a stipend and any supplies for the purposes of conducting the research submitted in the application. Indirect costs (e.g., facilities and administrative costs) are not allowed for any Physician-Scientist Career Development Award. Violation will result in the revocation of the award funds.
  • Award recipients attend the ASH annual meeting and attend the orientation breakfast; funds to attend the ASH meeting will be paid from the funds allotted for meeting attendance
  • Recipients arrange for their own health insurance either through their institution or independently
  • Recipients provide a permanent email address
  • Any visa and citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the Physician-Scientist Career Development Award are the responsibility of the applicant
  • Recipients cite support from the American Society of Hematology in any publication or poster describing research conducted during the award period
  • Recipients respond to all requests from the Society for information on their career progress, following their award period, as outlined in the Final Report and Monitoring section

For recipients with two-year projects (those granted a renewal), an interim progress report is required at the halfway point.

Final Report
At the conclusion of the award period, ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award recipients are required to submit a final written report (not to exceed four pages). The report will include a summary of research, manuscript submissions during the award period related to the funded research, presentations (locally and nationally) of the funded research during the award period, educational goals met, and a summary of the usage of funds. This report must be emailed to Members of the ASH Training Awards Subcommittee will evaluate final reports.

Please note: Failure to submit the final report or an interim progress report will render the applicant ineligible for future ASH funding.

No-cost extensions may be requested by a recipient if needed. The letter will need to be submitted by the mentor in writing to the Committee on Training Programs Awards Subcommittee chair asking for a no-cost extension. It will be at the discretion of the Committee on Training Programs Awards Subcommittee and the study section chair to approve of the request. Any requests should be emailed to the Training Department at

Unused Funds
All ASH funding not spent by the end of the award term must be returned to the Society within 90 days of submitting the final report. A check made out to “American Society of Hematology” must be sent to the ASH Training Manager at ASH Headquarters.

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For questions about the Physician-Scientist Career Development Award or requests for additional information, please contact the ASH Training Department at back to top