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Visitor Training Program FAQs

All VTP applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal.

No, applicants do not need to be members of ASH to apply. The application includes information on eligibility requirements.

As of this year, the VTP will not contain a mentor-match component – all applicants will need to find their own mentor in order to apply.

  • Research experts in your field via Google, authors on scientific papers (including Blood), speakers at the ASH Annual Meeting program (available on the ASH website), etc.
  • Consider mentors located in countries in your region, or in your own country, who could provide training that may be more applicable at your institution.

If you need to check the membership status of any possible mentors, please contact [email protected] for confirmation. You will then need to reach out to your potential mentor(s) directly, explain the purpose of the VTP and your training request, and ask if they are willing to serve as your mentor.

Program mentors must be ASH members in good standing on the day the application is due.

Does the program mentor need to be located in the United States?

No. Program mentors may be located anywhere in the world; the only requirement is that the mentor be a member of ASH.

To protect the privacy of our members, ASH does not publicize or share the names of potential mentors. If you have a possible mentor you would like to contact but are unsure of whether or not they are an ASH member, please contact [email protected] for confirmation.

Instructions for preparing the budget are included in the application. You may want to ask your mentor for advice and budget parameters for living in their city, or use an online budget calculator.

ASH uses the criteria set by the World Bank. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

The deadline to submit an application is listed on the VTP webpage.

Individual research projects will not be considered. Applicants must demonstrate that their topic will benefit their home institution and that the home institution has the infrastructure to implement the training.

Applicants do not need to be hematologists to apply. However, the training topic proposed must be related to hematology. Applicants may be physicians or laboratory scientists at any stage in their career, but must be employed in a permanent position at their institution.

Training proposals should include a clear statement of the proposed topic, specific details for the training program, and should explain the need for the training. Topics should be focused and related to hematology. Applicants must also demonstrate how the training will benefit their home institution and include a detailed plan for implementation.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application in mid-to-late July.