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Pediatric Resident Development Scholarship (PRDS)

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Application for the Pediatric Resident Development Scholarship (PRDS) 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 (lguzman@thoracic.org).




The Pediatric Resident Development Scholarship (PRDS) program was created by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to introduce pediatric residents to exciting clinical and research advances in respiratory diseases that affect infants, children, and adolescents by providing awardees an opportunity to attend the annual ATS International Conference. It is expected that this program will encourage participating residents to apply to pediatric pulmonology and/or sleep medicine fellowships, which will ultimately increase the clinical and research workforce in these fields. Each PRDS awardee will receive a certificate of achievement, conference registration waiver and one year’s trainee membership to the Society.


  • An applicant for an ATS Pediatric Resident Development Scholarship MUST:
    • Be a resident in a US or Canadian pediatric training program, who has not been accepted into a pediatric pulmonary and/or sleep fellowship program
    • Declare an interest in pediatric pulmonary or sleep medicine
    • Attend the ATS International Conference
    • Be willing to provide career information for a minimum of five years to measure the effectiveness of the program.

    Optional:  Special consideration will be given to applicants who are authors on abstracts accepted for presentation or are presenters at sessions programmed at the ATS International Conference.


Applicant must submit a completed Online Application Packet by March 14, 2022.

The Online Application Packet will consist of:

  • An application form which includes an indication of approval from the pediatric residency program director for the resident to attend the ATS International Conference from at least Sunday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 17, 2021
  • A one-page maximum Personal Statement from the pediatric resident applicant indicating why he or she is interested in:
    • Entering a career in pediatric pulmonary and/or sleep medicine
    • Attending the ATS International Conference
  • A one-page maximum Letter of Support from a sponsoring ATS member indicating whether he or she is attending the ATS International Conference and is willing to serve as a mentor for the applicant. The sponsoring ATS member will be asked to identify another ATS member who will serve in this capacity should he or she be unable to do so.  If your sponsoring member is unable to identify a mentor guide, please contact us.

Questions? Please contact Liz Guzman at lguzman@thoracic.org.