About the ASH-AMFDP Award
For more than 20 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sought to reduce the underrepresentation of minority scholars in academic medicine through their Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, which was created to assist faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds achieve senior rank in academic medicine. The program was recently renamed and expanded in honor of Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African-American to chair a department, now the Department of Microbiology and Medical Genetics, at the Harvard Medical School.
Through the ASH-Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), ASH is committed to funding at least one AMFDP hematology scholar per year. Each scholar is expected to spend at least 70 percent of his/her time on research activities in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center.
ASH-AMFDP Award applicants are responsible for identifying a mentor at their institutions who will work with them and provide both research and career guidance. Additionally, the recipient's mentor is expected to attend the AMFDP annual meeting for the first two years of the grant, with travel costs reimbursed by the AMFDP.
Award recipients are also assigned a National Advisory Committee mentor who will follow their progress throughout the award term and provide additional guidance.
To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:
- Be from a historically disadvantaged background. The program defines "historically disadvantaged" individuals as those who face challenges because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other similar factors.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application deadline.
- Be completing or have completed his/her formal clinical training.
- Have excelled in his/her education; be prepared to devote four consecutive years to research; and be committed to an academic career, improving the health status of the underserved, and decreasing health disparities.
To view detailed application requirements and begin the application process, please visit the AMFDP website.
If an applicant is offered both awards, he/she can complete their first year of research with the MHFA program (June 2020 – June 2021) and begin research under the ASH-AMFDP program beginning in July 2021.
You should consider applying for ASH-AMFDP if:
- You already have a significant amount of research experience and preliminary data, and can benefit from four years of mentored research training
- You will have completed the clinical portion of your fellowship before the start of the award
- You are an Assistant Professor
You should consider applying for the MHFA if:
- You are still in fellowship training
- You have limited to no research experience
- You still have the clinical portion of your fellowship to complete
For questions regarding the ASH-AMFDP Award, contact [email protected] or call 202-776-0544.