American Society of Hematology

ASH HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) Award

The application cycle is now open.

The ASH HONORS Award contributes to the development of the next generation of hematologists by providing research funding for talented first-, second-, and third-year medical students and first- and second-year medical residents and by encouraging them to continue research careers in hematology beyond medical school and residency. Applicants may choose to apply for one of the following project options:

  • Summer project: to be conducted over a maximum of three months
  • Flexible project: to be conducted over a span of three to 12 months

Program participants receive a $5,000 stipend to support their work on a hematology-related research project, as well as a $1,000 travel allowance each year for two years to support attendance at the ASH annual meeting, starting with the year the award is received.

At the ASH annual meeting, award recipients attend an orientation breakfast. Members of the ASH Committee on Training and Trainee Council are available at the breakfast to discuss specific areas of research and to provide recommendations on annual meeting sessions, events, abstracts, and/or posters related to the awardees’ areas of interest. Awardees are also invited to attend the Career Development Awards Reception on Monday evening.


Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2018
Award NotificationMay 2018
Award ActivationJuly 1, 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be an ASH member (or have a membership application pending) and plan to remain a member of ASH in good standing for the duration of the award term
  • If applying as a medical student, be actively enrolled in an MD program at an LCME accredited institution or in a DO program at an AOA COCA accredited institution in the United States, Canada, or Mexico; or, if applying as a medical resident, be actively enrolled in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program in the United States, Canada, or Mexico that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • Be working on a hematology project (e.g., adult hematology, pediatric hematology/oncology, hematopathology, blood banking/transfusion medicine) in either laboratory research or clinical investigation for the duration of the award term
  • Have 12 continuous months left before completion of his/her medical degree
  • Have a research mentor at the institution where the research is being performed who is an ASH member in good standing at the time the application is submitted and who agrees to remain an ASH member for the duration of the award term; mentor may be at the applicant’s home institution or from a different institution (see additional mentor requirements below)

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

  • Fellows
  • Graduate students (including medical students who are in a combined medical or scientific master’s program)
  • MD-PhD students, PhD students, medical students, or residents who have already earned a PhD in a biomedical field

Additional Mentor Requirements

HONORS Award research mentors assume the responsibilities of overseeing the award recipient’s work and progress. Mentors are also expected to assist in completing the program application, aid the recipient in his/her research, and ensure that the recipient meets all deadlines, including those of the award summaries.

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Application Process

The HONORS Award application, as well as all supporting documents outlined below, must be submitted through the ASH online awards system.

Required Documents

All eligible applicants must submit the following:

  • Applicant NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Research Mentor NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Applicant Career Development Plan and Personal Statement
  • Project Narrative
  • Research Mentor Letter of Support

For more information about the required materials, please see the Required Documents PDF.

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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the HONORS Award study section. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The proposed research project’s relevance to hematology
  • The applicant’s interest in hematology and likelihood hematology will be chosen as a specialty
  • The quality of the research project
  • The mentorship available and provided to the trainee
  • The applicant’s qualifications and experience and whether his/her background seems conducive to a future in research
  • Whether the applicant’s background seems conducive to a future in research, taking into account his/her current status as a medical student or resident

There is no limit to the number of applications that an institution and its affiliates can submit. However, no more than one award will be granted at each level of training (e.g., medical student or resident) for any given institution. For this purpose, ASH’s definition of “medical school” encompasses all affiliate institutions (e.g., University of Washington would include the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, etc.).

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Terms and Conditions

All awards will be activated on July 1 of the award year and will conclude on June 30 of the following year. Payment will be made to the appropriate financial officer as indicated on the application. Research award funds cannot be deferred and are non-transferable.

As a condition of acceptance of the ASH HONORS Award, it is required that:

  • All funds must be used to provide the award recipient with a stipend and any supplies for the purposes of conducting the research submitted in the application. Indirect costs (e.g., facilities and administration costs) are not allowed. Violation will result in the revocation of the award funds.
  • Recipients cite support from the American Society of Hematology in any publication describing research conducted during the award period
  • Any visa and/or citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the HONORS Award be the responsibility of the applicant
  • Recipients respond to all requests from the Society for information about their career progress following their award period
  • Research awards may also be used for the student or resident to shadow a hematologist at the discretion of the mentor

Final Report

All participating trainees are required to submit a final report of their work at the end of the project. The report must be emailed to the Awards Programs Specialist at All information on the form must be completed, and a mentor's signature is required at the bottom of the form. Members of the Oversight Committee will evaluate all final reports, which will need to be approved before a travel award can be issued. ASH annual meeting abstract submissions may not be submitted as a final report.

  • For summer projects, the final report is due by November.
  • For summer projects, the final report is due by November.

Please note: Failure to submit the final report will render the applicant ineligible for the $1,000 travel award as well as future ASH funding.

Travel Award

Travel awards are intended to reimburse recipients for some of the costs associated with attending the ASH annual meeting (e.g., flight, hotel, and incidentals) and, therefore, will only be issued to those attending the annual meeting. ASH provides HONORS Award recipients with complimentary registration for the ASH annual meeting for the year of the award term as well as for the following year. If the recipient is unable to attend the ASH annual meeting the year he/she receives the award, he/she may submit a request in writing for the travel award to be deferred for one year. If the recipient is unable to attend the ASH annual meeting the year following the award, no deferment may be made. The travel award is non-transferable.

Award recipients are responsible for making hotel and travel arrangements for each meeting. Travel costs over and above $1,000 for each meeting may be reimbursed from the research support award at the discretion of the mentor.


No-cost extensions may be requested if needed. To request an extension, the awardee’s mentor should submit a letter to ASH by emailing the Awards Department at

Unused Funds

Any funding not spent by the end of the award term must be returned to the Society when submitting the final report. A check made out to “American Society of Hematology” must be sent to the address listed below:

Allie Samis
Awards Programs Specialist
American Society of Hematology
2021 L Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

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