These eligibility requirements are evaluated as of the date of the LOI deadline.
Eligible applicants must be a citizen of the United States or Canada, or hold a visa in the United States or Canada.
Eligible applicants must conduct research within the US or Canada.
Scholar Award applicants are required to be members of ASH in good standing at the time of the Letter of Intent submission, and for the duration of the Scholar Award Program. If your membership application is pending at the time of the Scholar Award application deadline, you will still be considered for a Scholar Award. If you are chosen as a Scholar, your award will be contingent on the approval of your membership application.
The membership process is dependent upon what stage an applicant is in their career.
To verify your membership status, please log on to the membership section of the ASH website. If you need assistance with your username and password, please contact an ASH Customer Relations Representative at email@example.com.
Fellow Scholar Awards
- PhD or MD/PhD applicants must have fewer than 5 years (60 months) of research experience after completion of their PhD (including research performed during fellowship, but excluding clinical fellowship time)
- MD applicants should have more than 3 years (36 months) but fewer than 5 years (60 months) of research experience after completion of their MD (including research performed during fellowship, but excluding clinical fellowship time)
- MD applicants with fewer than 3 years (36 months) research experience (inclusive of fellowship research time) should consider applying for the Senior RTAF award
- Applicants with the title of Assistant Professor or equivalent *must* apply for the Junior Faculty Award, regardless of research experience
Junior Faculty Scholar Awards
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- MD, PhD or MD/PhD applicants must have more than 5 years (60 months) but fewer than 10 years (120 months) of research experience after completion of their terminal degree (including research performed during fellowship, but excluding clinical fellowship time)
An individual cannot hold concurrent ASH awards.
Letter of Intent
ASH requires applicants to submit a letter of intent via the online awards portal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. The letter of intent should include the following:
- Letter of Intent online form
- Abstract of proposed project (please do not exceed 350 words)
- Applicant's NIH biosketch
ASH will perform a preliminary review of these materials to confirm eligibility and the appropriateness of the selected research category. If additional information is required, ASH staff will contact you prior to June.
The full ASH Scholar Award applications will be available in early June only for those individuals who successfully submit a letter of intent by the deadline and are confirmed to be eligible.
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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification
Anyone meeting the eligibility requirements set forth above and are invited to apply can submit an application. The review of the scholar award applications is based solely on the scientific merit and quality of the applicant. However, in fairness to programmatic balance, no more than two awards will be granted per category (basic research fellow, basic research junior faculty, clinical/translational fellow, clinical/translational junior faculty) per medical school. For this purpose, ASH defines medical school so that it encompasses all sub-institutions (e.g., University of Washington would include the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children's Hospital, etc.).
Individuals selected to receive this award will be notified in mid-November, with the award commencing in July of the subsequent year.
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