Pediatric Resident Development Scholarship (PRDS)

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The PRDS online applications is now closed. Information regarding acceptance for this scholarship will be sent via email before end of month. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Guzman at 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 awardees will receive a certificate of achievement, conference registration waiver and one year’s trainee membership to the Society

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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 awardees 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 Virtual 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 Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Each applicant will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application at the ATS office.

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 Virtual ATS International Conference from at least Sunday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 18, 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.