Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellow Award
View the 2023 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.
The following named awards of distinction are made possible through the generous support of donors committed to inspiring the next generation of hepatology leaders.
Anna S. Lok Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award
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.
Joseph R. Bloomer Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award
One successful candidate will be named as the Joseph R. Bloomer Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award recipient, which is honorific and does not include additional research support funding.
Kimberly A. Brown Advanced / Transplant Hepatology Fellow Award
One successful candidate per year will be named as the Kimberly A. Brown Advanced / Transplant Hepatology Fellow Award recipient, which is honorific and does not include additional research support funding. Priority for this award will be given to Alumni of the AASLD Foundation Emerging Liver Scholar program.
Vinay Sundaram Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award
One successful candidate per year will be named as the Vinay Sundaram Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award recipient, which is honorific and does not include additional research support funding. Priority for this award will be given to Alumni of the AASLD Foundation Emerging Liver Scholar program, with preference to those with a focus in clinical health services/outcomes research.
How to Apply
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In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:
- 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, 2023; or plan to apply for the dual certification GI/Transplant Hepatology combined program with a start date of July 1, 2023; or plan to apply for the dual certification GI/Transplant Hepatology combined program with a start date of July 1, 2023. 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.
- 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.
- 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. Under no circumstances will there be multiple Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Awardees under the same mentor funded in a single year
- Applicants for this program can apply to another Foundation award program in the same calendar year.
Award Period: July 1, 2023– June 30, 2024.
- 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 will be appointed to a standing committee or SIG steering committee for a one-year ex officio (non-voting) position.
- Awardees will be invited to cooperatively present an AASLD webinar on a clinical topic with senior leadership.
- Funding notifications for the 2023 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 15, 2023.
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.
- Demonstration, via the hypothetical specific aims page, of the candidate’s planned research focus, sound reasoning skills, understanding of scientific study design and approach, and grantsmanship.
How to Apply
- Use pages 4-5 of the RFA as cover pages. Type responses.
- Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
- Include a header at the upper right corner of each page with your name (last name, first name) and award name.
- Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
- Adhere to page limits and complete all sections. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
- 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: 2023 AdvHep_Last name, first name (Example: 2023 AdvHep_Smith, Jane)
- Submit your application at www.liverresearchawards.org. You will be sent an email confirmation that the application was received. If an email confirmation is not received in two (2) business days, please contact email@example.com to confirm receipt.
The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, January 23, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
CMS Open Payments Disclaimer
This funding program may receive support that could require reporting by a corporate supporter under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA). Reported information may appear on the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Open Payments Website and include such information as the grant amount, awardee name, NPI, and sponsoring institution name. To learn more about the PPSA and how to review reported information please visit the Open Payments Resources for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals.
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The 2023 Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellow Award program is made possible through generous contributions from the Anna S. Lok Fund for Excellence in Research and Training, the Vinay Sundaram Legacy Fund, the Kimberly A. Brown Fund, the estate of Dr. Joseph R. Bloomer, and unrestricted donations from AASLD and donors to the AASLD Foundation.