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Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program

Over the past three years the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conducted, in partnership with the George Washington University Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, a comprehensive longitudinal workforce study designed to examine the current hematology workforce and the existing pipeline of future hematologists. One of the initial recommendations from the first phase of the workforce study was the need to increase the number of hematology-oncology fellowship programs designed to prioritize training in hematology and promote careers in hematology in the United States.

To achieve this goal, ASH created the Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program, developing ten new innovative hematology-focused fellowship tracks within existing adult hematology-oncology training programs. Funding will be available for one or two new fellow(s) in each of five years at each sponsored institution, producing 50 new academic hematologists by 2030. Training in these tracks must lead to eligibility for American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) hematology certification, and the programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Funded programs will have an emphasis on comprehensive and innovative curricula in non-malignant hematology.

The primary goal of this program is to enhance recruitment of internal medicine (and med-peds) residency graduates and to retain them in life-long subspecialty careers focused on academic multidisciplinary non-malignant and/or malignant hematology. Multidisciplinary non-malignant hematology may pair traditional training with career enhancing opportunities such as transfusion medicine, sickle cell disease or hemostasis/thrombosis or a broader academic emphasis such as medical education, systems-based hematology, or outcomes research.


Institutions Institutions with well-established fellowship programs with proven track records or the strong potential, based on existing infrastructure and resources, for excellence in training non-malignant and multidisciplinary hematologists will be eligible to apply. Programs supported under this RFP will augment training within their existing core curriculum. Fellows will be specifically recruited into a novel hematology-focused track that will be designed to include experiential learning and innovative instruction in non-traditional, enhanced curricula. Collaborative opportunities are encouraged and may include externship rotations at partner institutions.

More information about the requirements and eligibility are available in the request for proposals (RFP).

Key Dates

Application Upload Portal Available September 15, 2021
RFP Submission Deadline November 15, 2021
Awarded Institutions Announced March 15, 2022
Awarded Institutions Receive Funding for Assistant Program Director July 1, 2022
First Cohort of ASH Sponsored Hematology-Focused Fellows Starts July 1, 2023
Awarded Institutions Receive Funding for Fellow Salaries, Benefits and Stipends July 1, 2023


Hematology Focused Fellowship Program Informational Webinar

March 4, 2021 
HFFTP Town Hall

March 16, 2021

Slides from the March 4 webinar are available for viewing here.


Awarded institutions will receive funding for an Assistant Program Director (5% of salary to be matched 5% by institution) starting July 1, 2022 with the first cohort of hematology-focused fellows starting July 1, 2023. Awarded funding includes:

  • Hematology-Focused Fellowship Track Assistant Program Director Salary: five percent salary support with institution matching an additional five percent starts July 1, 2022; the ASH contribution does not include benefits, which will be the responsibility of the institution.
  • Fellow Salaries: salary for two to three years per fellow starts July 1, 2023.
  • Fellow Benefits: 30% of each fellow’s salary starts July 1, 2023.
    • Awarded institutions will not receive additional indirect or overhead funds beyond the fellow benefits.

In addition, ASH will provide the following annual stipends for fellows funded through the new Hematology-Focused Fellowship Tracks:

  • Visiting Rotation Stipend: $5,000 annually for three years per fellow to cover travel and living expenses to attend a one-month rotation per year at a Center of Excellence (e.g. Sickle Cell Disease Center of Excellence)
  • ASH Annual Meeting Stipend: $1,000 annually for three years per fellow to cover expenses to attend the ASH Annual Meeting 
  • Scholarly Research Stipend: $1,500 annually for three years per fellow to cover scholarly research and expenses to submit manuscripts for publication


For more information about this program, please review the program's FAQs. To submit a question or suggestion, please fill out the form below. Questions and answers will be published on a weekly basis.