Research Scholar Award

Funding Agency:
American Gastroenterological Association

The objective of the AGA Research Foundation Research Scholar Award (RSA) is to support early-career investigators working toward independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research (i.e., a minimum of 50 percent effort dedicated to the proposed project). The award will support junior faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.

Deadline: Dec. 5, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants for this award must hold an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBChB, MBBS, DO), and a full-time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (U.S., Canada or Mexico) by the start date (i.e., July 2024) of this award.
  • Applicants must classify as “early career” according to the following criteria:
    • MD (or equivalent) applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award (July 2024).
    • PhD (or equivalent) applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the conferment of the PhD degree and the start date of this award (July 2024).
    • An appropriately documented leave of absence, such as parental or medical leave, will not be counted toward the above seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered. Exemption requests must be submitted to AGA via email ( at least three weeks prior to the application deadline and be clearly indicated in the submitted application documents.
  • Applicants performing any type of research (basic, translational, clinical) relevant to digestive disorders are eligible to apply.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Candidates whose AGA membership applications are pending approval may apply for the award. Please visit the AGA membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.
  • Applicants who are physician-scientists, female or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.



Amount Description

This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in digestive disease research.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 5, 2023