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International Trainee Scholarships (ITS)

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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.

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, as well as an invitation to attend the International Scholars Poster Colloquium and Discussion during the conference. For awardees who 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.


To be eligible for an ITS Award, the following conditions must be met:

  • Applicant is not a citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Applicant is an author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the International Conference.
  • Applicant's work within the abstract was completed at an institution outside the United States or Canada.
  • Applicant is currently a trainee at a program located outside the United States or Canada.
  • Applicant must attend the ATS International Conference and present their abstract at the International Scholars Poster Colloquium.
  • Applicant may submit a scientific abstract or a case report (late breaking abstracts will not be considered).

Application Process

Applications are completed through the ATS International Conference abstract submission process. If criteria described above can be met by the applicant, please proceed to check the box in the Affirmations section of the online submission program.

ATS offers a limited number of International Trainee Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to individuals based on the quality of abstracts submitted as reviewed by the International Health Committee. The number of scholarships given varies from year to year.

Decisions about scholarships are usually made by mid-February prior to the Conference. Abstract authors whose abstracts are selected to receive a scholarship will be notified in February via email.

2021 Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021 International Trainee Scholarship awardees! Learn more on the awardee feature page.