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    AAST Scholarships

    The mission of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) is to serve as the premier scholarly organization for surgeons dedicated to the field of trauma and the care of critically ill surgical patients. 

    The AAST is dedicated to discovery, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of knowledge related to acute care surgery (trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery) by fostering research, education, and professional development in an environment of fellowship and collegiality.

    A major goal of the AAST is to provide research scholarships each year to young investigators to further trauma research and scholarships for Medical Students, Residents and In-Training Fellows to attend the AAST Annual Meetings. 




    The purpose of the AAST research scholarships is to solicit research applications from early career investigators proposing basic science, translational, or clinical studies to advance trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery care. AAST scholarships are intended to provide funding for early investigators to complete a research project, which will serve as the basis for future grant applications and to launch the applicants’ academic careers. Clinical, translational, and basic sciences (mechanistic) research proposals are encouraged. Pilot projects, projects seeking exclusively preliminary data, or “proof of concept” projects will only be considered if the applicant provides sound scientific foundation for the proposal. Projects centered on Global Surgery/Trauma will be considered if they are found to be of sufficient merit and are scientifically sound.


    1.  All applications MUST be submitted online. The application must also include: 

    1. Cover letter
    2. Application
    3. Three Letters of Recommendation
    4. NIH Bio Sketches for each investigators (including the PI)
    5. Photo

    Application MUST NOT exceed 25 pages. Paper applications will not be accepted. The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is 11:59 PM (all US time zones), February 1, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

    2.  You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your completed application.  If you do not receive a 
    confirmation email within 48 hours, please email jsmith@aast.org - use “Scholarship Application Confirmation” as  your subject line. 

    3.  Research Proposal MUST fit in the allotted space according to their headings-

    • Brief summary of research proposal including application of anticipated results.
    • Detailed description of research plan including specific experimental design and statistical assays. Information should be sufficiently detailed to allow reviewers to Evaluate Feasibility, Validity, Budget, etc.
    • Significance of research.  Include brief discussion of anticipated results and how the information will affect the field in question.
    • Pertinent Bibliography
    • Detailed Budget
    • All Recommendation and cover letters MUST be addressed to:

     Eileen Bulger, MD, AAST Secretary-Treasurer
     American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
     633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2600
     Chicago, IL 60611

    4.  All applicants must be availble for web/phone interviews on April 4, 2019, no exceptions

    5. Awardees must attend the 2019 and 2020 AAST Annual Meetings. 




      • Please read the instructions carefully prior to filling out the application. Applications not completed correctly will be disqualified.
      • Applications must be filled out electronically by June 1, 2019
      • Scholarships are open to Medical Students, Residents and In-Training Fellows.
      • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
      • Only electronic applications will be accepted.
      • Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire AAST Meeting in September in San Diego, CA and all required social events from Tuesday, September 17th to Saturday, September 21st.

    The Scholarship includes, 4 Nights Hotel, Meeting Registration and a $200 per diem. Air Fare is not included and is the responsibility of the Scholarship Recipient. 


    If you have questions or need assistance during the application process please contact us at (800) 789-4006 or jsmith@aast.org