Funding and Awards Opportunities for Pediatric Trainees

​​Section on Pediatric Trainees

Funding and Awards Opportunities for Pediatric Trainees

The Section on Pediatric Trainees offers a handful of funding and award opportunities. Some of the opportunities listed below are done in collaboration with other areas of the AAP. For a complete listing of funding/award eligibility and submission criteria, please visit the SOPT collaboration site (AAP member login required).

Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award
The Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award is supported by the Dyson Foundation and celebrates the outstanding efforts of residents as they work in their communities to improve the health of children. This award seeks to showcase projects that are designed and implemented by residents with the aim to improve the lives of children. We hope that rewarding exemplary resident-driven efforts will promote increased advocacy efforts by residents in the future and provide an opportunity for residents to help each other to plan future advocacy programs. 

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Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Resident Grants  support pediatric residents in the planning and/or implementation of community-based child health initiatives. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded twice each year on a competitive basis for pediatric residents to address the needs of the underserved children in their communities. Applications are available in November each year with a deadline of December 31st.

To ensure project completion, residents who are in their 1st or 2nd year of residency on the application submission due date are eligible to apply; 3rd-year residents may apply as co-applicants, or as primary applicants if they will be chief resident in their 4th year. Also eligible: PL-3 or below in medicine-pediatrics residency and PL-4 or below in triple-board residency. Fellowship trainees are eligible for up to $10,000 and must elect to apply for either a Planning Grant or an Implementation Grant.

Other resources: Community Pediatrics Funded Projects

Clinical Case Program
The SOPT has held an annual "Clinical Case Competition" since 2003. Fellowship Trainees, residents, and medical students can submit abstracts of interesting cases they have come across in their training through the Academy's online abstract submission process. The abstracts are judged by a committee of pediatric trainee leaders, and the top ten authors in each membership category are invited to present their case in poster format at the SOPT Reception and Poster Display at the National Conference and Exhibition. The first-place medical student, resident, and fellowship trainee winners are determined by the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatrics in Review (PIR) before the conference based on the abstracts alone. The Editor-in-Chief will announce the winners at the poster reception and will publish the cases in PIR as an Index of Suspicion article the following September. 

International Travel Grant
Each academic year the AAP will designate several $1000 awards split in two cycles (number awarded per cycle will be at the discretion of the review committee). These awards will be given to residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. Fellowship Trainee members are also eligible to apply. The awards committee may, at its discretion, select up to one Fellowship Trainee to receive the award. Resident applicants must be enrolled in pediatric residency training programs that are approved for credit toward certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or La Corporation Professionelle des Medecins du Quebec. Applicants must also be a member of the AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH). For more information about SOICH, please click here. If you are not currently a member of SOICH, please go to the ShopAAP Membership page to join the section.

Legislative Conference Scholarship
The American Academy of Pediatrics Legislative Conference takes place annually in Washington, DC. During the conference, participants will learn how to become effective child health advocates through interactive workshops and in-depth training sessions, while networking with pediatricians, residents and medical students from across the country. 

Resident Research Grants
To enhance the development of research skills among physicians in training, the AAP administers the Resident Research Grant (RRG) Program. This program is designed to give pediatric residents with limited research experience an opportunity to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. Grants of $2000 are available. Applicants must be pediatric residents in a training program (categorical or combined) AND have a definite commitment for another year of residency or chief residency (not fellowship) in a pediatric program accredited by the Residency Review Committee. Canadian citizens are eligible to apply. Previous RRG recipients are ineligible to apply. 

Residency Hardship Scholarship
The AAP Residency Hardship Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents in good academic standing. The Academy grants annually a number of hardship scholarships varying from $1,000 to $5,000. Each applicant will be reviewed carefully, and awards will be granted to the most deserving pediatric interns and residents.

Program Delegate Award
The Program Delegate Award is available to residents who serve as National Program Delegates (NPD) to the AAP. This award supports the NPD's travel to the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) meeting at the annual National Conference and Exhibition. There is only ONE award available per institution.

The AAP National Program Delegate will automatically receive the $300 travel award. If your institution does not have a designated AAP National Program Delegate or the NPD is unable to attend the National Conference and Exhibition, you may have the opportunity to receive the travel award. Program Delegate Awards are distributed in December.

Other AAP Funding Opportunities

Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) Trainee Research Grant
Historically there has been little or no preparation in residency programs for the business aspects of practice. In recognizing this need, the Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) is providing two $500 grants for trainees interested in the research of healthcare services (impacting access, utilization, cost, and financing) and/or addressing the mission of SOAPM. The grants will be offered to members of the SOPT interested in implementation of new programs or an innovative component to an existing program. For questions, please contact us here.

Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM) Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference Grants 
The Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) conference is a great opportunity for residents interested in hospital medicine to learn more about the field and network. The Section on Hospital Medicine provides 4 Travel Grants to the PHM conference each year. For more information, please click here.

Section on Orthopaedics (SOOr) Resident Research Awards 
The Section on Orthopaedics presents three Young Investigators in Training Awards annually during the Section's two-day educational program at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition.

Section on Transport Medicine (SOTM) Best-In-Training Paper 
The Section on Transport Medicine provides an annual forum for the discussion of clinical matters or research related to the field of pediatric transport medicine. Abstracts and posters are presented during the Section's educational and scientific program at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, and awards are given for the best presentations.

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