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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 Society announces the establishment of the ATS Fellowship in Health Equality. This fellowship is designed to support the efforts of senior fellows, junior faculty or post-doctoral students towards the further development of an action plan for ATS in health equality. Such a comprehensive action plan needs to take into consideration the opinions and recommendations of academicians, health advocacy groups, private foundations, federal agencies, and policy makers. To facilitate the development of the ATS Health Equality Action Plan, 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, 2016 through June 30, 2017. 
  • 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. The ATS Washington Office will assist in recommending and scheduling meetings. The ATS will also provide office space to accommodate the fellow's time in Washington D.C.
  • 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:
    • State Medicaid Expansion
    • Climate Change and Health Disparities
    • Health Disparities in Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment
    • Tobacco  and Health Disparities
    • Health Literacy and Health Disparities
    • Migrant Health
  • 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 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 care policy. 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 care policy. 

Submission Instructions

  • Deadline: The final application must be submitted electronically by midnight EST, Monday, April 4, 2016.
  • 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).  

Fellowship applications are due by April 4, 2016. 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.