Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award

Application Deadline
Award Amount
Award Term
One year
Award Type
Career Development
Career Level
Fellows / Postdocs

View the 2022 request for applications [PDF].



The purpose of this award is to encourage the academic career of exceptional hepatology trainees. The Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award provides $4,000 in travel funds to fourth year Transplant Hepatology fellows or third year GI/Hepatology dual certification program fellows in accredited US, Canadian, or Mexican programs to attend The Liver Meeting® and one additional educational meeting (approved by the Research Awards Committee).

Awardees will also receive enhanced career development opportunities throughout their fellowship year, including participation as an ex officio member of an AASLD/AASLD Foundation Committee or SIG Steering Committee and opportunity to cooperatively present an AASLD webinar on a clinical topic with mentorship from senior AASLD/AASLD Foundation leadership.

One successful candidate per year will be named as the Anna S. Lok Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award recipient, which includes an additional $26,000 in research support funding during their first faculty year at a North American academic institution.

In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The applicant must:
    • Have been accepted to a U.S. ACGME approved (or Canadian/Mexican equivalent) transplant hepatology training program with a start date of July 1, 2022; or plan to apply for the dual certification GI/Transplant Hepatology combined program with a start date of July 1, 2022. Note: Prior to funding, successful applicants from 3rd year dual certification programs must have confirmed acceptance into the dual certification GI/Transplant Hepatology program.
    • Be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
    • Have a faculty mentor who is active in hepatology at the applicant’s sponsoring institution and who is an AASLD member in good standing. Each mentor may only support one Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award applicant per awards cycle.
  2. The institution/program where the Transplant Hepatology fellowship will take place must:
    • Have a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) or Canadian/Mexican equivalent approved liver transplant program, which must be in good standing and must perform at least ten liver transplantations per year. 
    • Have a full-time faculty member or members capable of teaching a curriculum with a broad base of knowledge in transplant medicine and hepatology. 
    • Provide training in living donor transplantation.
  3. Application limits:
    • There is no restriction on the number of applicants from each institution, but each faculty mentor may only support one applicant per cycle and only one applicant may be funded per distinct department within each institutional training site.
    • Applicants for this program can apply to another Foundation award program in the same award year.    

Award Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

  • The award provides $4,000 travel support for the recipient to attend The Liver Meeting® and one additional educational meeting (subject to Committee approval, e.g., Digestive Disease Week, International Liver Congress, American Transplant Congress, or any course offered by AASLD) during their fellowship year.
  • Travel funds are paid to the individual awardee (not the sponsoring institution) on a reimbursement basis for actual travel expenses incurred.
  • Unused travel funds at the end of the award term will be forfeited.
  • Awardees be appointed to a standing committee or SIG steering committee for a one-year ex officio position.
  • Awardees will be invited to cooperatively present an AASLD webinar on a clinical topic with senior leadership.
  • Funding notifications for the 2022 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 15, 2022. 

Applications will be reviewed based on the written materials submitted. Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including the submission deadline and page limitations) will not be reviewed.  All decisions are final.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Their background and professional potential of the applicant as an academic hepatologist (presentations at meetings, publications, etc.).
  • Candidate statement reflecting strong academic career plan including planned research focus and mentorship plan if known.
  1. Use pages 4-5 of the RFA as cover pages. Type responses.
  2. Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
  3. Include a header at the upper right corner of each page with your name (last name, first name) and award name.
  4. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  5. Adhere to page limits and complete all sections.  Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
  6. The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined in the order listed in the Required Documents section (RFA page 3) and submitted as one PDF document.  Name the PDF file as follows: 2022 AdvHep_Last name, first name (Example: 2022 AdvHep_Smith, Jane) 


The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, January 18, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed in that cycle.