American Society of Hematology


The 2018 application cycle is now open.

The shortage of minority scholars in the field of hematology is an issue that affects not only hematologists, but the medical community at large. In keeping with the goals of ASH's strategic plan, the Society is pleased to announce the ASH-AMFDP - a partnership between the American Society of Hematology and the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of underrepresented minority scholars from the field of hematology with academic and research appointments. The ASH-AMFDP joins the Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) as the third component of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative.

About the Program

For more than 20 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sought to reduce the underrepresentation of minority scholars in academic medicine through their Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, which was created to assist faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds achieve senior rank in academic medicine. The program was recently renamed and expanded in honor of Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African-American to chair a department, now the Department of Microbiology and Medical Genetics, at the Harvard Medical School.

The AMFDP offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to historically disadvantaged physicians who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar backgrounds. The program defines "historically disadvantaged" individuals as those who face challenges because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other similar factors.

Through the ASH-AMFDP, ASH is committed to funding at least one AMFDP hematology scholar per year. Upon being chosen for the award, each scholar will spend at least 70 percent of his or her time in research activities in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center. Both the mentor and the chosen scholar will be an active part of the research activities and the AMFDP activities.

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Program Benefits

The ASH-AMFDP Award provides four years of research support, including an annual stipend of up to $75,000 and an annual grant of $30,000 toward the support of research activities. Applicants to the ASH-AMFDP program are responsible for identifying a mentor at their institutions to work with them and give them research and career guidance. ASH-AMFDP Scholars are also assigned a National Advisory Committee mentor to follow their progress within the program and give them guidance. Recipients will be invited to the AMFDP annual meeting each year with travel expenses covered by the grant. The recipient's mentor is expected to attend the meeting for the first two years of the grant; travel costs are reimbursed by the AMFDP.

The recipients of the ASH-AMFDP award will receive all the benefits that come with the AMFDP award as well as complimentary ASH membership, which includes a subscription to the ASH journal, Blood. The Scholar will also have the opportunity to attend the ASH annual meeting for the four years of the award. The costs of economy travel, four-night hotel stay, and $100 per day for meals will be covered by ASH.

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To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:

  • From historically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application deadline
  • Completing or have completed their formal clinical training
  • Additionally, applicants must have excelled in their education; be prepared to devote four consecutive years to research; and be committed to academic careers, improving the health status of the underserved, and decreasing health disparities.
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General Timeline and Application

Application AvailableFebruary 1, 2018
Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2018
Deadline for postmark of all supporting documents and hard copiesMarch 16, 2018
Interviews with the National Advisory CommitteeJuly 2018
Notification of finalistsAugust 2018
Official Notification of ScholarsDecember 2018
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Application Process

The 2018 ASH-AMFDP application cycle is now open. Detailed application information can be found on the AMFDP website.back to top

Corporate Support

Visit ASH's Corporate Support page for more information on support for the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative.back to top


Questions regarding the ASH-AMFDP should be directed to or by calling 202-776-0544. back to top