• Scholarships

  • The AAST is dedicated to the 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


    AAST RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

    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.

    Priority will be given to clinical, translational, and basic sciences (mechanistic) research proposals that are commensurate and in line with the AAST’s strategic goals and initiatives.  The research strategic goals can be found in other areas of the AAST website as well as JTACS 2020;88:320. 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 only 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), March 1, 2022. 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 2022. Awardees must attend the 2022 (Chicago, IL) and 2023 (Anaheim, CA) 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

    HEALTH POLICY SCHOLARSHIP 

    For eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit the Health Policy Scholarship page.  

    The American College of Surgeons and the below co-sponsoring organizations offer an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 5–12, 2022.

    Considering the necessary eligibility requirements are met, surgeons can apply to more than one award from a co-sponsoring organization. Only one award per year for any applicant will be awarded.

    General Application Information

    All applicants must be practicing surgeons in the United States.

    Applicants are required to submit an online application, below is what is expected in the application:

    • Contact information (name, preferred postal address, e-mail address) and attestation.
    • A single PDF document that includes the following:
      • A one-page essay discussing:
        • Why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship
        • How the scholarship will fill a gap in applicant's training or experience
        • Goals or plans to use the newly acquired knowledge or skills in his or her practice or community.
      • A current NIH-style biosketch (five-page maximum)

     2022 Health Policy Scholarship Online Application

    The deadline for applications is March 25, 2022, at 11:59 pm CT. An awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of members of ACS. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in May 2022.

    NEW: VISITING PROFESSORSHIP PROGRAM

    Visiting Professorship - Call for Applications 

    Application Deadline: Friday, April 2022

    Description:

    To provide an active AAST and SBAS member who is a faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and is within 15 years of their faculty appointment the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Professor for the Department of Surgery at a host institution.  The host site application will open soon.

    Purpose:

    To promote the careers of early to mid-career AAST-SBAS members and recognize academic excellence.

    Eligibility:

    The awardee must be an active member in good standing with AAST (Associate or Fellow) and SBAS and be an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Surgery within 15 years of their faculty appointment.

    Requirements for application:

    1. Letter of interest with summary of past participation and involvement in AAST and SBAS
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Letter of recommendation from their Department Chair
    4. Provide a one-page summary of area of expertise and examples of power point “grand rounds type” presentations previously delivered

    Visiting Professor Responsibilities:

    1. Coordinate with the host institution to determine the optimal time for the visit.
    1. Work with the host institution to plan the visit including travel and accommodation reservations.
    2. Submit an expense form with appropriate back-up receipts to the AAST-SBAS Visiting Professorship Committee within 30 days after the visit.
    1. Submit a report to the AAST-SBAS Visiting Professorship Committee summarizing the visit within 30 days of the visit that includes information about the experience, thoughts on the process, and the overall program.
    2. Attend the AAST and SBAS Annual Conferences during the year of the visit.

    Host Site Responsibilities:

    1. Sponsor the Visiting Professorship program and coordinate a schedule for the two-day visit.
    2. Coordinate with the Visiting Professor to plan travel and accommodation reservations as well as other details of arrangements for the visit.
    3. Provide comments (i.e. suggestions for improvements and/or recommendations) to AAST and SBAS within 30 days of hosting the AAST-SBAS Visiting Professor.
    4. Consider providing the Visiting Professor with an honorarium.

    AAST/SBAS Responsibilities:

    1. Selection of the Visiting Professor within 6 weeks of the application deadline
    2. Annual Call for host site institution with subsequent selection of the host site
    3. Provide reimbursement for travel and accommodations up to $2000 ($1000 provided by AAST and $1000 provided by SBAS)

    Application Process:

    The applicant must submit all of the above required materials in one PDF to aast@aast.org

    Visiting Professorship - Call for Host Institutions

    Application Deadline: April 2022

    Description:

    To provide an active AAST and SBAS members who is a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor and within 15 years of their faculty appointment the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Professor for the Department of Surgery at a host institution.  The AAST and SBAS will sponsor the Visiting Professor by providing a stipend of up to $2000 to cover travel and accommodation expenses.  The host institution should consider providing the Visiting Professor with an honorarium.

    Purpose:

    To promote the careers of early to mid-career AAST-SBAS members and recognize academic excellence.

    Host Site Department of Surgery Responsibilities:

    1. Sponsor the Visiting Professorship program and coordinate a schedule for the two-day visit.
    2. Select a presentation topic provided by the Visiting Professor
    3. Coordinate with the Visiting Professor to plan travel and accommodation reservations as well as other details of arrangements for the visit.
    4. Provide any comments to AAST and SBAS within 30 days of hosting the AAST-SBAS Visiting Professor.
    5. Consider providing the Visiting Professor with an honorarium.

    How to Apply:

    The host institution must submit a letter of interest from the Chair of the Department of Surgery and a draft itinerary for the Visiting Professor visit to AAST at aast@aast.org by April 12, 2021.

    The 2022 AAST-SBAS Visiting Professor and host institution will be announced May 2022

    ANNUAL MEETING SCHOLARSHIPS 

    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 15, 2022.

    Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application: 

    • All scholarship recipients must arrive in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
    • 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 20th to Saturday, September 24th.

     

    ACS/AAST International Scholarship

    The scholarship of $5,000 provides the scholar with an opportunity to attend the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, September 21–24, 2022. As well as a visit to one or two Level I Trauma Centers or the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) headquarters at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a trauma program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary Acute Care surgery care.

    The awardee will receive gratis registration to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and to one available postgraduate course at the meeting. Assistance will be provided to obtain preferential housing in economical hotels in the AAST meeting and Trauma Center/TQIP cities. Hotel and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the awardee, to be funded from the scholarship award.

    In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.

    Basic Requirements

    • Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine who have completed their surgical training and are practicing attending surgeons. Applicants must be members in good standing of the American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow or Fellow) and one of the societies listed at aast.org/international scholar- scholarship.
    • Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 50, on the date that the complete application is filed.
    • Applications will be accepted for processing only when the applicants have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for a minimum of one year at their intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
    • Applicants must show evidence of commitment to high-quality acute care surgery, to surgical teaching, and to improving access to surgical care in their community.
    • Applicants must submit a fully completed application form, located on the ACS website, facs.org. The application and accompanying materials must be prepared using a computer and submitted in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae only is not acceptable.
    • Preference will be given to applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in the U.S. or Canada.
    • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a current application form provided by the College together with new supporting documentation.
    • Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which they hold a clinical or academic appointment or from a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons residing in their country. The Chair’s or the Fellow’s letter is to directly address the applicant’s commitment to high-quality acute care surgery, surgical teaching, and improving access to acute care surgery locally. The other two letters of recommendation should be from colleagues who can address the applicant’s acute care surgical, clinical, and teaching abilities and practice. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the individuals making the recommendation.
    • The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot be postponed. Awardees are expected to provide a written report upon their return home, specifically focusing on the value of the visit to the awardee and the potential beneficial effect to the acute care surgical patients in the country of origin.

    The deadline to submit your applications is April 15, 2022 by 11:59 PM CT, in order for an applicant to receive consideration by the selection committee.
    All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in May 2022.
    To apply please use the link below.

     Apply online

    Contact

    Supporting materials and questions should be directed to scholarships@facs.org.

     

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