American Society of Hematology

ASH Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

The application cycle is now open through January 15, 2018.

Are you a minority medical resident who has an interest in research and is considering a fellowship in hematology? The ASH Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) is your chance to get exposure to the field of hematology and conduct hands-on research under the guidance of an ASH member and research mentor.

About the Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

The MRHAP is part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI), which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MRHAP is designed to provide support for underrepresented minority residents to conduct hematology-focused research with the intended outcome of increasing interest in hematology research and choice of fellowship. Individuals from the following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Medical residents, including Minority Medical Student Award Program alumni, who are enrolled in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program.
  • Resident physicians who have applied to or matched early into a hematology-oncology fellowship program.
  • MRHAP applicants must be within the first two years of their residency program.

After the research experience, MRHAP participants attend the ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition, which takes place each year in December, to present the results of their projects at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology Presentations and Reception. Attendance at the ASH annual meeting provides residents with outstanding opportunities to meet prominent leaders in the field of hematology, network with other MRI program participants, and hear the latest breaking news in the field.

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Program Benefits

Participants receive the following:

  • A $5,000 stipend to support the research project (e.g. laboratory supplies and statistical support)
  • A $1,000 travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting
  • $1,000 after the ASH annual meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event
  • Complimentary subscriptions during residency to Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology, and The Hematologist, the Society's newsletter
  • The guidance of a research mentor and a career development mentor
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Application and Request a Mentor form availableAugust 1, 2017
Request a Mentor form deadlineNovember 15, 2017
Application deadlineJanuary 15, 2018
Award winners notifiedEarly March 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as a group of people from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada. This includes American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples. Applicants are asked to self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and enrolled in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program in the United States or Canada that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

All research projects must be conducted in the contiguous United States or Canada.

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Application Process

Please use the following resources to help guide you through the application process.

Application Requirements

Request a Mentor and Application Instructions:

Applicants must identify a research mentor on their application; the research mentor must be a member of ASH.

  • Request an ASH Mentor
    • If you need ASH's assistance in finding a research mentor, you can submit a Request a Mentor form in the online awards system.

    Once the Request a Mentor form is received, applicants will be contacted by a member of the ASH Committee on Promoting Diversity to discuss research interests and provide assistance identifying potential research mentors. The following documents must be sent to the ASH member who will assist with the matching process:

    • CV or biosketch (Standard NIH format)
    • Personal Statement

All applicants must submit their application through the ASH online awards system and must include the following to be considered complete:

  • Completed application form
    • A 12-month timeline/research schedule that shows how the applicant plans to integrate the research project with his/her clinical over the course of the year
    • CV or biosketch (Standard NIH format)
    • Three letters of recommendation submitted on official letterhead:
      • Letter from the program director of your residency program
      • Letter from an attending physician with whom you have worked
      • Letter of endorsement from your research mentor

    *Previous recipients of an MMSAP award must also submit a letter of recommendation from their career development mentor.

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    Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

    Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the Committee on Promoting Diversity. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    • Research (Career Potential)
    • Leadership/Service
    • Research Mentor/Proposed Project
    • Commitment to Hematology/Career Goals

    Applicants selected for participation and their mentors will receive official notification of acceptance by late March.

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    ASH is seeking members to serve as research and career development mentors for the ASH Minority Resident Hematology Award Program. Contact us to volunteer to be an MRHAP mentor and help shape the future minds of hematology.

    In order to serve as a research mentor, one must be an ASH member who can assume the responsibilities of overseeing the MRHAP participant's work and progress. Career Development mentors are ASH members who are available to provide professional guidance, career development, and positive role modeling.

    The research mentor's responsibilities are primarily to:

    • Assist the applicant with the completion of the program application
    • Aid the participant in the establishment of his/her research experience following award disbursement
    • Complete and submit an evaluation form describing the research experience and providing suggestions regarding program enhancements
    • Assist in the preparation of a brief presentation of the participant's research which the participant will present at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event at the ASH annual meeting
    • Attend the ASH annual meeting and the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event in the year of the participant's research experience
    • Encourage the resident to pursue a career in hematology

    Career Development Mentors

    MRHAP career development mentors are ASH members who are available to provide professional guidance, career development, and positive role modeling to participants for the duration of the program. Career development mentors receive a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the ASH annual meeting with the MRHAP participant. The mentor receives this stipend each year that he/she travels to the ASH annual meeting with the participant during the participant’s remaining years of residency.

    Participants will be paired with a career development mentor by the ASH Committee on Promoting Diversity.

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    Corporate Support

    For more information about supporting the MRHAP, visit ASH's Corporate Support page.back to top


    For questions about the MRHAP or requests for additional information, contact the ASH Awards Department at or by phone at 202-776-0544. back to top