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International Trainee Scholarships (ITS)


About the ITS Awards

The International Health and Membership Committees of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) are pleased to announce the availability of the ATS International Trainee Scholarships (ITS), to provide scholarship support for international trainees to attend the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 15-20, 2020.

Each ITS award includes a certificate of achievement, a cash scholarship determined by the awardees' country of origin and level of training, and a one year free ATS In-Training Membership commencing on 1 July 2020, as well as an invitation to attend the International Scholars Poster Colloquium and Discussion during the conference. For awardees whom are current active ATS Members, you will receive one additional year membership. Each scholarship is intended to support expenses related to attending the ATS International Conference including registration, accommodations and related daily costs such as meals and local transportation.

The goals of the International Trainee Scholarship Awards are:

  • Provide financial support to attend ATS International Conference where trainees will be exposed to state of the art clinical research and practice of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. 
  • Provide international trainees from outside the US and Canada with the opportunity to present their research during the ATS International Conference.
  • Help develop interest and continued active membership and participation within the ATS, and to encourage active participation within their assemblies.
  • Create opportunities for interactions between international trainees and other scientists in their area of research.
  • Provide access to all additional activities the ATS International Conference has to offer. 

Application Process

International Trainee Scholarship Timeline:

ITS Application Submission Open Date January 13, 2020
ITS Application Submission Deadline Closed on February 21, 2020
ITS Application responses March 15, 2020





Please note, that all participants submitting scientific abstracts for presentation during the 2020 ATS International Conference will be notified mid-January 2020.  All applicants for the ATS International Trainee Scholarships (ITS) must have submitted and received notification that their abstract was accepted for presentation during the ATS 2020 International Confernce before submitting an application for the International Trainee Scholarship Award.

Application Criteria & Procedure


  • The ITS award is not offered to U.S. or Canadian citizens. 
  • Eligible applicants are trainees whom are not part of a U.S. or Canadian program during the time of application.
  • The applicant cannot receive multiple ATS travel awards for the ATS International Conference.  Only one scholarship per ATS International Conference will be awarded.
  • At the time of the application, the applicant must be a trainee who is a resident, fellow (holders of MD or PhD degrees) or equivalent, at a program located outside of the United States and Canada.
  • An eligible applicant for the ITS award will be an author/co-author on an abstract(s) accepted for presentation during the ATS International Conference. The work in the abstract should not have been performed in a US or Canadian training program.
  • Awardees are required to attend the International Scholars Poster Colloquium and Discussion and their respective ATS Assembly business meetings in-person during the ATS International Conference.
  • Scholarships will be based upon merit including the quality of science in the accepted abstract, the contribution of the trainee to the work in the accepted abstract, and likelihood of future contributions to the field. Preference will be given to those who have never attended the International Conference and have not previously received an International Trainee Scholarship or other ATS scholarship award.


  1. Applicants must complete the ATS-ITS Application online and attach the required supporting documents (PDF format only) within the application form by the submission deadline. All supporting documents will be attached to your application form automatically upon upload. The necessary supporting documents and rules are as follows:
    • Abstract: must be accepted for presentation during the ATS International Conference. One abstract uploaded per application.
    • CV: Your CV must be limited to 1 page and based on career aspects of work in accepted IC abstract.
    • Each supporting document must be uploaded separately as a single PDF document, no other formats (*doc, *gif, *jpeg, etc.) will be accepted. An application will not be considered complete if multiple PDF documents are uploaded as one document (i.e. multiple abstracts are uploaded as one PDF document).
  2. Each applicant will receive an auto-reply email notification when the application has been submitted.  Applicants will receive an email only when their application has been completed using the online application process. 
  3. Multiple applications: you are welcome to submit multiple applications online, however this will not increase your odds of receiving an award. Please only submit your best work as demonstrated in your abstract once via the online system once. Multiple applications only prolong the review and selection process and cause confusion when identifying individual awardees.  
  4. Late Breaking Abstracts: We understand that occasionally some applicants will have submitted abstracts as late-breaking, and therefore need to apply for an award after the submission deadline.  If you will miss the submission deadline due to this process, please email Cristina Braz at cbraz@thoracic.org.  You will be required to show that your abstract was accepted as a late-breaking submission.
  5. No late applications will be accepted unless there has been prior communication between applicants and ATS Staff.
  6. Applications are collected and reviewed by members of the ATS International Health Committee. All applicants will be notified via email in early April if they have been chosen to receive an award and invited to attend the ATS IC. Applicants whom have been selected to receive an award will receive additional emails containing instructions and general information regarding travel to the ATS IC.
  7. Additional assistance with awardee visa applicaiton and processing, as well as travel arrangements (i.e. reduced hotel and travel rates), can be provided on a case-by-case basis. If you have been awarded an ATS Trainee Scholarship and may need additional assistance, please email Cristina Braz at cbraz@thoracic.org

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Please submit any questions you may have to Cristina Braz at cbraz@thoracic.org.

Thank you and best regards,

Richard van Zyl-Smit
Chair, International Trainee Scholarship Awards