Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)

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The American Thoracic Society created The Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) to increase representation of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as defined by the NIH (African American, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders) in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine research by providing an opportunity for trainees in U.S. based programs to attend the ATS International Conference (IC).



  • Applicant must be a member of an underrepresented minority, as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the purposes of biomedical research support funding. This criterion includes individuals who self-identify as African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indians, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander.
  • Applicant must be a first author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the ATS International Conference. The MTDS applicants may be an author of a late-breaking abstract. Late breaking abstract notification will be announced in early March, so award applicants must apply with the understanding they will not be considered for the award if their abstract is denied.
  • Case Reports will not be accepted.
  • Applicant must not be the recipient of another travel award at the ATS International Conference.
  • Applicant must be a current trainee, at any stage of training from high school through post-doctoral fellow, at an institution in the United States.  They cannot be a research assistant or laboratory tech unless CURRENTLY enrolled in a training program.
  • Applicants cannot receive the award two years in a row.
  • For PhD applicants, ONLY post docs 5 years and under are eligible.

If selected for this award, applicants will be notified of what additional documents need to be submitted to complete the award process. Applicant must be able to attend the ATS International Conference at least from Sunday – Monday and attend the Diversity Forum to receive the award.</p >



If you have any questions, please reach out to Liz Guzman (lguzman@thoracic.org) or Rebecca Fisch (rfisch@thoracic.org).