American Society of Hematology

Apply for the ASH Scholar Award

The ASH Scholar Award offers two funding opportunities for hematology researchers:

  • Scholar Award for Fellows: provides up to $100,000 over a two- to three-year period (annual maximum of $50,000)
  • Scholar Award for Junior Faculty: provides up to $150,000 over a two- to three-year period (annual maximum of $75,000)

Eligibility Requirements

Scholar Award eligibility is evaluated as of the date of the letter of intent deadline. Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • Be a citizen of or hold a visa in the United States or Canada, and plan to conduct his/her research within the U.S. or Canada.
  • Be an ASH member in good standing at the time of the letter of intent deadline and plan to maintain membership for the duration of the award term. Not an ASH member yet? Take the first step. Please note that your membership application may be pending at the application deadline but must be approved by the award activation date.
  • Have confirmation from the applicant’s institution that at least 75 percent of the applicant’s full-time professional effort is devoted to research.

Scholar Award for Fellows

  • PhD or MD-PhD applicants must have no more than five 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 between three years (36 months) and five 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 investigator Research Training Award for Fellows.

Please note that applicants with the title of “assistant professor” or equivalent must apply for the Scholar Award for junior faculty, regardless of research experience.

Scholar Award for Junior Faculty

  • MD, PhD, or MD-PhD applicants must have more than five 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.

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Application Process

ASH requires applicants to submit a letter of intent (LOI) via the online awards portal. The LOI is mandatory and will be reviewed for eligibility to submit a full proposal. In addition to the letter of intent, the applicant must submit the following:

  • Abstract of proposed project (350 words maximum)
  • 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 the applicant prior to June.

Eligible applicants will be invited in early June to submit the full application.

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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

The review of the Scholar Award applications is based 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- to late-November, with the award commencing in July of the following year.

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Terms and Conditions

Transfers

In the event the scholar transfers to another institution during the funding period, continuation of the funding at the new institution may be allowed with prior approval from ASH. To obtain permission, the scholar must make a request in writing to the Society before the transfer occurs.

Reallocation

Scholars may request a reallocation of funds from one expense category to another by submitting the request in writing to the Treasurer at the Society's headquarters. This written request must specify the dollar amount, which categories are impacted, and a justification as to why this change is necessary.

All transfer and/or rebudgeting requests must be sent to awards@hematology.org. ASH staff will work with the ASH Treasurer to make final determinations.

Changing Mentors

Please contact awards@hematology.org. if you need to change primary mentors. This must be approved by the Awards Committee chair.

Progress Reports

Scholar Award recipients are required to submit to ASH an end of year evaluation form and a current biosketch.

The evaluation form is a series of short questions. The form should be accompanied by a letter from a division head or department chair requesting second year funding. It should also provide assurances that the scholar’s work has progressed and that both appropriate facilities and the mentor will continue to be available.

Scholars with two-year awards will need to submit an evaluation form at the end of the first year of their award. Scholars whose award is spread over three years should submit an evaluation at the end of both the first and second year.

Failure to submit the evaluation report, including the letter, after the first and/or second year will render the scholar ineligible for the second or third year of funding.

Final Reports

A final written report (not to exceed four pages) is expected within 60 days of the end of the award period.

Scholar Award recipients, along with the financial officers from their institutions, must also submit a financial report detailing how the funds were used over the two- or three-year period. This report must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the award period.

Both final reports must be sent to awards@hematology.org.

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Questions?

For questions about the ASH Scholar Award, please contact awards@hematology.org.

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