Medical Student Diversity Scholarship

From the American Association of Thoracic Surgery

Deadline: July 1, 2022


Program Overview

This award provides up to $18,500 per year (for up to 2 years) 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 each year of support.

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, and interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery as a future career.
  • 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.


Applications requesting $18,500 and an AATS Annual Meeting stipend of $1,500 per year (for up to two years) will be considered, as well as proposals with smaller short-term requests. For each subsequent year of funding, a progress report and request for additional funding are required prior to the end of the originally funded year. Additional funding will be made after review of the progress report.