American Society of Hematology

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

The 2017 HONORS application is now closed.

The ASH HONORS award contributes to the development of the next generation of hematologists by providing funding for talented medical students and residents to conduct either short- or long-term hematology research projects.

  • Short-term projects are for a maximum of three months
  • Long-term projects may span between three and 12 months

Award recipients are encouraged to continue research careers in hematology beyond medical school and residency. As such, the HONORS award provides recipients with an allowance to support attendance at the ASH annual meeting where they are introduced to the hematology research community.

Program Benefits

Participants receive the following:

  • A $5,000 stipend to support the recipient’s work on a hematology-related research project, to be paid to the institution at which the award recipient will conduct his/her project
  • 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

An orientation breakfast for award recipients is held at the ASH annual meeting. During the breakfast, members of the ASH Committee on Training and Trainee Council are available to discuss specific areas of research and to give award recipients advice on specific meetings, sessions, abstracts, or posters at the annual meeting which may be related to their areas of interest.

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Application DeadlineFebruary 17, 2017
Award Winners NotifiedMay 2017
Award ActivationJuly 1, 2017
Travel Award check requests form due for first ASH Annual MeetingOctober 1, 2017
Final Report Due (short-term projects)October 31, 2017
Final Report Due (long-term projects)August 1, 2018
Travel Award check request form due for second ASH Annual MeetingOctober 1, 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

The ASH HONORS award is intended for medical students and residents in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with an interest in hematology research.

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be an MD or DO medical student in an LCME (or its equivalent) accredited institution in the United States, Canada, or Mexico; or be enrolled in an ACGME or RCPSC (or their equivalent) accredited training program in the United Stated, Canada, or Mexico and not yet entered into a hematology-related training program
  • Be enrolled and active in an educational program at the time of application and for the duration of the award term
  • 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 their medical degree
  • Have a research mentor who is an ASH member in good standing at the time the application is submitted and who will remain a member of ASH for the duration of the HONORS award term
  • Be a member of ASH in good standing (or have a membership application pending at the time the application is submitted), and remain a member of ASH in good standing for the duration of the award funding period.

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
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Research Mentor Responsibilities

Each applicant will need to select a research mentor at the institution where the research is being performed. The research mentor can be at the applicant’s home institution or from a different institution. The research mentor must be an active ASH member who will oversee the progress and work of the award recipient. Mentors will 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.back to top

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically through the ASH online awards module. Any submission that does not follow the application requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed by the study section. There will be no appeals or consideration for additional or further review once an application has been determined to be ineligible.

Application Requirements

All eligible applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Applicant NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Research Mentor NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Research Mentor Letter of Support (one-page limit at 12-point font with 0.5-inch margins); if the applicant’s research mentor differs from his/her home mentor, a letter of support from each mentor must be received
  • Personal Statement outlining the applicant’s career development plan, the significance of hematology regarding his/her future career, and the impact of the HONORS award (two-page limit at 12-point font with 0.5 inch margins)
  • Research Proposal including the first six requirements outlined below (two-page limit at 12-point font with 0.5 inch margins):
      1. Scientific Question
      2. Background to Project
      3. Proposed Method
      4. Anticipated Results
      5. Expected Timeline (date the trainee will complete his/her work on the project)
      6. Significance
      7. References (optional) (one additional page)
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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Each eligible application will be reviewed by the HONORS study section based on the following criteria:

  • The proposed research project’s relevance to hematology
  • The interest the applicant has 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
  • Qualifications, experience, and level of involvement of the trainee for his/her level of education

No more than one award will be granted at each level of training (i.e., medical student or resident) for any given institution.

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Terms and Conditions

  • Research award funds cannot be deferred and are non-transferable.
  • Receipt of an HONORS award does not include or require an ASH annual meeting abstract submission.
  • If selected for an award, the trainee will agree to cite support from the American Society of Hematology in any publication or poster describing research conducted during the award period.
  • Any visa and citizenship restrictions applicable to receiving the HONORS award are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • All funds must be used to provide the award recipient a stipend and any supplies for the purposes of conducting the research submitted in the application. Indirect costs (i.e. facilities and administration costs) are not allowed for any ASH HONORS award. Violation will result in the revocation of the award funds.
  • Research awards may also be used for the student or resident to shadow a hematologist at the discretion of the mentor.
  • Applicants and awardees of the program may be surveyed on their progress.

Final Report
All participating trainees are required to submit a final report of their work at the end of the project. All information on the form will need to be completed, and a mentor's signature will be required at the bottom of the form.

  • Short-term projects: final report due by October 31, 2017
  • Long-term projects: final report due by August 1, 2018

Once ASH staff receives the forms, they will be forwarded on to the Committee on Training's Award Subcommittee chair for review and approval. All final reports will need to be approved before the second installment of the award is given. Once the report is received and reviewed, the second installment of the award will be mailed to the institution.

Trainees may not send ASH annual meeting abstract submissions as their final report. Guidelines for the final report should be strictly adhered to.

Travel Award
Recipients will be eligible for a $1,000 travel award to attend the ASH annual meeting for the year they receive the award and a $1,000 travel award for the year following the year they receive the award. If the recipient cannot attend the annual meeting he/she will need to notify ASH in writing. Regardless of whether the recipient attends the first annual meeting, each recipient will also be eligible for the travel award for the year after the initial award is received. If the recipient is unable to attend the year he/she receives the award, he/she may 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.

Travel awards will only be issued to those attending the ASH annual meeting and are intended to reimburse recipients for some of the costs associated with attending the ASH annual meeting (e.g., flight, hotel, and incidentals). Recipients will also receive complimentary registration for the ASH annual meeting for each of the two years they attend. Award recipients will be responsible for making arrangements for travel and hotel for each meeting. For each meeting, travel costs over and above the $1,000 may be reimbursed from the research support award at the discretion of the mentor.

Travel awards will be made payable to the award recipient and checks will be picked up at the orientation breakfast at the annual meeting. Recipients are required to complete a Travel Award check request form and submit to ASH by October 1, 2017. Checks that are not picked up on site at the annual meeting will not be mailed, and the recipient will forfeit the money.

Travel award funds for recipients in the United States are taxable. Recipients will be sent an IRS 1099 – MISC and are responsible for any taxes associated with receiving the travel award. ASH does not give tax advice; any questions regarding the award’s taxability should be directed to a tax professional.

No-cost extensions may be requested by a recipient if needed. A letter must be submitted by the mentor in writing to the Committee on Training's Awards Subcommittee chair asking for a no-cost extension. It will be at the discretion of the Awards Subcommittee and the study section chair to approve of the request. Any requests should be mailed to ASH with attention to the Training Department or emailed to

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