Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)

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Application for the Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) is now closed. Outcome of this program will be emailed to applicants at the end of March or beginning or April. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please send an email to Liz Guzman (

The American Thoracic Society created the Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) to increase representation of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander) 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). MTDS awardees will receive a certificate of achievement, free registration to the ATS 2022 International Conference and 1 free year of ATS membership. They will also be honored during the Diversity Forum at ATS 2022.

  • 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.  (Per NIH defined as African American, Hispanic, or Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander).
  • Applicant must be a first author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the ATS International Conference.
  • Case Reports will not be accepted.
  • 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 technician unless CURRENTLY enrolled in a training program.
  • For PhD applicants, ONLY postdocs (with 5 or fewer years of training)  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 submit a complete online application packet by Monday, March 14, 2022.
  • Applicant must submit the following to be considered for the award:
    • Completed online application form
    • A  letter of support from research mentor indicating:
      • The contribution of the applicant to the research project (basic science, clinical or translational research)
      • The impact of the award on the applicant
      • The leadership potential of the applicant
    • A copy of the abstract accepted for presentation at the ATS International Conference
  • The applications are scored on the following:
    • Quality of the science
    • Leadership potential of the applicant
    • Strength of the letter - applicants and mentors should be aware that this letter carries significant weight with the committee reviewing MTDS applications. Letter should address at a minimum:
      • role of the applicant in the project
      • leadership potential
      • how this award would benefit the applicant
    • In some instances, the mentor’s letter can be the sole difference in whether an applicant does or does not receive an award
    • Applicants will be notified by the end of March concerning the outcome of their application

If you have any questions, please reach out to Liz Guzman at