Funding Agency:
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

The purpose of this award is to encourage the academic career of exceptional hepatology trainees. The Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award provides $4,000 in travel funds to fourth year Transplant Hepatology fellows or third year GI/Hepatology pilot program fellows in accredited US, Canadian, or Mexican programs to attend The Liver Meeting® and one additional educational meeting (approved by the Research Awards Committee). The Award provides an additional $26,000 in research support to boost the Fellow’s career as an academic hepatologist during his/her first faculty year at an academic institution that will provide protected time to the applicant to perform mentored research.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • For the duration of the award period, the applicant must have a faculty mentor who is active in hepatology at the applicant’s sponsoring institution; the faculty mentor must be an AASLD member in good standing. Each mentor may only support one Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award applicant per awards cycle.
  • The applicant must:
    • Have been accepted to a US ACGME approved (or Canadian/Mexican equivalent) transplant hepatology training program with a start date of July 1, 2020; or
    • Plan to apply for the pilot GI/Transplant Hepatology combined program with a start date of July 1, 2020. Note: Prior to funding, successful applicants from 3rd year pilot programs must have confirmed acceptance into the pilot GI/Transplant Hepatology program.
  • The sponsoring institution must have a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) or Canadian/Mexican equivalent approved liver transplant program, which must be in good standing and must perform at least 10 liver transplantations per year. The program must have a full-time faculty member or members capable of teaching a curriculum with a broad-base of knowledge in transplant medicine and hepatology. The program must provide training in living donor transplantation.
  • The research funds portion of the award is strictly for the fellow’s first year of faculty appointment at a North American (US, Canada, or Mexico) academic institution that will provide protected time to the applicant to perform mentored research. The research portion of the funds will transfer with the fellow to their first faculty appointment even if that is a distinct institution from his/her training institution. Fellows who transition to fully clinical positions, however, will not be eligible to receive the research funds of this award.
  • There is no restriction on the number of applicants each sponsoring institution can submit each cycle, but each faculty mentor may only support one applicant per cycle.
  • Applicant may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation (AASLDF) award per application cycle.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 15, 2020