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ATS Fellowship in Health Equality

The American Thoracic Society is committed to improving health equality throughout the U.S. To this end, the ATS is pleased accept applications for the 2018 ATS Fellowship in Health Equality. This fellowship is designed to support the efforts of senior fellows, junior faculty or post-doctoral students with research, clinical and policy endeavors to advance health equality for patients with respiratory disease, critical care illness or injury, and sleep disordered breathing. To facilitate, the advancement of health equality, the ATS will provide financial support as a fellowship to a successful candidate as explained below:

  • The ATS Fellowship in Health Equality will provide up to $25,000 to support the efforts of the successful candidate from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
  • In addition to efforts at their home institution, the fellow is expected to spend time in Washington D.C., during which he/she will engage in conversations with ATS leadership, policy makers in Congress, the administration, health policy experts, and academicians in the region. Fellows can meet this expectation by participating in the ATS Hill Day, testifying before Congress, participating in the ATS Hill briefing, being a media spokesperson for the ATS, or other actions.
  • While the ATS will consider proposals in any topic related to improving health equality, the ATS is particularly interested in receiving proposals in the following areas:
    • U.S. Health Insurance and Health Disparities
    • Climate Change and Health Disparities
    • Tobacco and Health Disparities
    • Health Literacy and Health Disparities
    • Migrant Health
    • Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Training Programs and Health Disparities
  • The fellow will become a member of the ATS Health Equality Subcommittee and participate in its activities (including monthly conference calls) throughout the year.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Candidates must be residents of the U.S.
  • Candidates must be senior fellows, junior faculty, or post-doctoral students.
  • Candidates in fellowship must be enrolled in: an accredited Pulmonary Medicine or Pulmonary/Critical Care 3-4 year training program, an accredited Sleep Medicine training program, or a relevant post-doctoral training program.
  • Candidates in training must have no less than one year of training remaining at the time of the award.
  • Candidates on faculty must be junior faculty (instructor or assistant professor level) with less than three years on the faculty.
  • Candidates must be mentored by a senior faculty member with experience in the field of pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine and health disparity. These mentorship duties can be provided by more than one individual. Note that the development of a mentorship team is encouraged.
  • Candidates must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in academia and in health disparity.
  • Candidate’s proposals are expected to generate information that can be shared with the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep community. Dissemination of pilot results through abstracts, case reports, manuscripts or policy reports and/or recommendations are some examples of how to meet this expectation.

Submission Instructions

  • Deadline: The final application must be submitted electronically by midnight EST, Thursday, April 12, 2018.
  • The submission should be prepared in pages with 1-inch margins and text written in Arial 11-point font.
  • The application should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes the following information:
  • Face page (1 page).
  • Budget justification (up to $25,000) (1 page).
  • Candidate's NIH-type biosketch (2-4 pages).
  • Mentor's NIH-type biosketch. Biosketches must be provided for all members of the mentoring team (2-4 pages).
  • One-page career statement by the candidate (1 page).
  • One to two-page supporting statement by mentor that defines the candidate's strengths as well as the mentoring program, and confirms that the candidate will have protected time for the work proposed (1-2 pages).
  • One-page project description. The project may include ongoing work of the fellow or novel programs to be initiated with fellowship support (1 page).

Financial Guidelines

Salary support for the grant recipient is allowed. Indirects are not allowed as part of the fellowship grant.

Fellowship applications are due by Thursday, April 12, 2018.

For ATS Fellowship in Health Equality application materials, please contact Gary Ewart in the ATS Washington Office. Mr. Ewart can be reached at ( or via phone at 202-296-9770.

Submit your application here.

Last Reviewed: March 2018