American Society of Hematology

Visitor Training Program FAQs

How do I apply?

All VTP applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal.

Do I need to be an ASH member to apply?

No, applicants do not need to be members of ASH to apply. The application includes information on eligibility requirements.

Can ASH help me find a mentor?

Applicants may request assistance with identifying a mentor. To request assistance, applicants must prepare a letter of intent. Instructions for preparing the letter of intent are included in the online application portal. Please note that ASH can only make suggestions for a mentor; we cannot guarantee placement with a mentor.

Does my mentor need to be an ASH member?

Program mentors must be ASH members in good standing on the day the application is due.

Does the program mentor need to be located in the United States?

No. Program mentors may be located anywhere in the world; the only requirement is that the mentor be a member of ASH.

Is there a list of host mentors?

Applicants who submit the optional letter of intent will be matched with potential mentors who have indicated that they work in the same area of hematology. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the proposed mentors. Because the mentors are volunteers, ASH cannot guarantee placement with a mentor.

I don't know what to include in my budget. Can you help me prepare the budget?

Applicants may request assistance with preparing a budget by submitting an optional letter of intent. Instructions for preparing the letter of intent are included in the application.

I do not need assistance identifying a mentor or preparing a budget. Do I still need to submit a letter of intent?

No, the letter of intent is optional.

How does ASH determine which countries are developing?

ASH uses the criteria set by the World Bank. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

When is the deadline?

The deadline to submit an application for the 2015 award cycle has now passed.

Can I pursue my own research project under this program?

Individual research projects will not be considered. Applicants must demonstrate that their topic will benefit their home institution and that the home institution has the infrastructure to implement the training.

I am not a hematologist. Can I still apply?

Applicants do not need to be hematologists to apply. However, the training topic proposed must be related to hematology. Applicants may be physicians or laboratory scientists at any stage in their career.

What should I include in my training proposal?

Training proposals should include a clear statement of the proposed topic. Topics should be focused and related to hematology. Applicants must also demonstrate how the training will benefit their home institution.

When will I receive a response about my application?

Applicants and the proposed host mentors will be notified of the outcome of the application in mid-to-late July.

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