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Medical Student Diversity Scholarship

Applicant Requirements: Deadline ends at 11:59pm Eastern on 7/2/2023

Career Stage: Medical Students

Program Type: Scholarship

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Closed

Opens: April 1, 2023

Deadline: July 3, 2023

Program Overview

This award provides up to $18,500 to support medical students who are planning to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery and are from an underrepresented in medicine population (defined by the AAMC). Scholarship recipients will also receive up to $1,500 to attend the AATS Annual Meeting.

View Medical Student Diversity Scholarship recipients

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled as a medical student in the second or third year (or equivalent) in US or Canada.
  • Demonstrate need for financial support.
  • Be able to provide copy of current transcripts.
  • Demonstrate eligibility as underrepresented in medicine (defined by the AAMC).

Application Process

  • Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae with a full description of their surgical experience.
  • Copy of current transcripts.
  • Narrative demonstrating need for financial support and eligibility for the scholarship, how this funding will support career goals, interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery as a future career, as well as noting medical school start date.
  • Letters of support from two medical school faculty sponsors supporting their interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery as a future career.*
  • Attachment outlining the requested amount/duration of funding request and proposed budget, including whether funding will be supplementing tuition or living expenses.

*For those looking to send letters of support for the candidate directly to the AATS Foundation, please email


Applications requesting $18,500 and an AATS Annual Meeting stipend of $1,500 will be considered, as well as proposals with smaller short-term requests.

Review Process

The AATS Foundation’s Equity & Career Development Scholarship Committee will review all applications and recommend recipients to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria.

Competition of Program

At the conclusion of the year of funding, a report must be submitted, highlighting all activities and the advances achieved and future plans for training. The recipient will also work closely with AATS Foundation staff to determine ways to share details with a larger audience.

Program past deadline:

Deadline has passed for applying for this program.