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ATS Fellowships in Health Equity

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The American Thoracic Society is committed to improving health equity throughout the U.S. To this end, the ATS is pleased accept applications for the 2022 ATS Fellowships in Health Equity and Diversity. These fellowships are designed to support the efforts of senior fellows, post-doctoral students, or junior faculty with research, clinical and policy endeavors to advance health equity for patients with respiratory disease, critical care illness or injury, and sleep disordered breathing.
For the 2022 cycle, there are two fellowships available:

  • One open to all areas of pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine fully funded by the ATS
  • One specific to asthma and COPD fully funded by AstraZeneca LP and administered by the ATS.

To facilitate, the advancement of health equity, the ATS will provide financial support as a fellowship to a successful candidate as explained below:

  • The ATS Fellowships in Health Equity and Diversity will provide up to $50,000 to support the efforts of the successful candidate from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.
  • In addition to efforts at their home institution, the fellows are expected to engage with ATS Advocacy and Government Relations program and provide support to the ATS Advocacy program.  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 welcomes proposals in any topic related to improving health equity, the ATS is interested in receiving proposals in areas including:   
    • 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
    • Sleep and Health Disparities
  • The fellows will become members of the ATS Health Equity Subcommittee and participate in its activities (including monthly conference calls) throughout the year.

Candidate Qualifications

  • MD’s and PhD’s are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must be senior fellows, post-doctoral students, or junior faculty at US-based institutions.
  • Candidates in fellowship must be enrolled in an accredited US-based Pulmonary Medicine or Pulmonary/Critical Care training program, an accredited Sleep Medicine training program, or a relevant post-doctoral training program (Ex. T32 research fellowship).
  • Candidates in training must have completed the ACGME portion of their fellowship by June of the year of the award. (Ex: awards made in May of 2022 fellowship must be completed by June 30th, 2022).
  • 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.

The fellowships are available to all candidates who meet the qualifications criteria. The ATS encourages applications from candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. This may include individuals from racial/ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Submission Instructions

  • Deadline: The final application must be submitted electronically by midnight EST, March 15, 2022.
  • 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 $50,000) (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).
  • Career statement by the candidate (1-2 pages). In your statement, please address the following:
    • Your personal background and/or contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career.
    • Your background and experiences in your current research area of study and how they relate to the project for which you are requesting funding.
    • How this project will advance health equality in your area.
    • Include anything specific you wish the committee to consider in reviewing your application.
  • 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).
  • Three-page project description. The project may include ongoing work of the fellow or novel programs to be initiated with fellowship support (3 pages).

Financial Guidelines:

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

Click here for access to the applications submissions portal. Submissions are due by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Please contact Mr. Courtney L. White at the ATS if any questions. Mr. White can be reached at cwhite@thoracic.org,