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ATS Fellowship in Health Equity

The American Thoracic Society is committed to improving health equity throughout the U.S. To this end, the ATS accepted applications for the 2021 ATS Fellowship in Health Equity and Diversity. This fellowship is 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.

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 Fellowship in Health Equity and Diversity will provide up to $25,000 to support the efforts of the successful candidate from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
  • In addition to efforts at their home institution, the fellow is 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 fellow will become a member of the ATS Health Equity Committee and participate in its activities (including monthly conference calls) throughout the year.

Candidate Qualifications

  • 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 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 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 fellowship is 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.