• Scholarships

  • 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. 

    All scholarship applications can be found here.  If you have questions or need assistance during the application process please contact us at (800) 789-4006 or jsmith@aast.org


    Annual meeting scholarships are available for medical students, residents, and in-training fellows. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage young investigators to become a part of the AAST community, network with leading trauma surgeons, and engage in the cutting edge program at the Annual Meeting. 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. 

    Applications must be filled out electronically by June 1, 2021.

    Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application: 

    • All scholarship recipients must arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, September 28, 2020
    • Applications not completed correctly, incomplete, or late will be disqualified.
    • Only electronic applications will be accepted.
    • Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire AAST Meeting in Atlanta, GA, and all required social events from Tuesday, September 28th to Saturday, October 02nd.


    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 a 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.

    The deadline for the AAST Research Scholarship is 11:59 PM (all US time zones), February 1, 2021. 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. 

    Please note: All applicants must be available for web/phone interviews in April 2021. Awardees must attend the 2020 and 2021 AAST Annual Meetings. 

    The application includes: 

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

    Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application:

    • An application MUST NOT exceed 25 pages.
    • All applications must be submitted online.
    • Applications not completed correctly, incomplete, or late will be disqualified.
    • Research Proposal MUST fit in the allotted space according to their headings
    • A brief summary of the research proposal including the application of anticipated results.
    • A detailed description of the 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 a 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:

            AAST Secretary-Treasurer

            American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
            633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2600
            Chicago, IL 60611


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has decided to defer all Health Policy scholarships until the year 2021. This page will be updated and new applicants will be considered as soon as more information becomes available. The American College of Surgeons and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

            Questions may be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281. Additional information can be found here.


            The award is open to non-resident surgeons who are members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 60, on the date that the completed application is filed.

            General Application Information

            The closing date for receipt of applications is February 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm Central Time. An awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of members of ACS and AAST. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in April 2020.

            The application is submitted via e-mail to scholarships@facs.org as a single PDF document consisting of:

            1. A cover sheet that includes contact information (name, preferred postal address, e-mail address) and specifies the name of the scholarship: ACS/AAST Scholarship
            2. A one-page essay discussing:
              • Why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship
              • How the scholarship will fill a gap in the applicant’s training or experience
              • Goals or plans to use the newly acquired knowledge or skills in his or her practice or community
            3. A current NIH-style bio-sketch (five-page maximum)

            Award Obligations

            • The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
            • The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot be postponed.
            • The Scholar is required to provide one year’s health policy-related assistance to the ACS and the AAST, attending meetings, reviewing applications, and participating as a pro tem member of the health policy committee as requested.
            • The College anticipates that program alumni will serve as state councilors for the SurgeonsVoice Program, its grassroots initiative aimed at establishing relationships with members of Congress.
            • A brief report of the Scholar’s experiences and activities is due at the conclusion of the course and of the scholarship period. A simple accounting of expenses is also required.

             Additional Funding Sources

            Application for this award may be submitted even if comparable application to other organizations has been made. If the recipient accepts a similar scholarship from another agency or organization, the scholarship will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the recipient to notify the Scholarships Administrator of the ACS of competing awards.



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