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The AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship in Liver Diseases Award is a one-year award of $75,000 intended to foster career development for an individual outside North America to perform clinical research within the United States in a liver-related area and who has shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of his or her research study. The award ensures that a significant portion of a young investigator's time is protected for research, with an overall objective of enabling the investigator to develop an independent and productive research career in liver disease.

The application deadline for the 2016 Awards has passed. Applications for the 2017 Awards will open July 1, 2016.

Detailed Award Information

Applicants to the AASLD/LIFER Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship must be based outside of the United States at the time of application submission; the US based fellowship may not start prior to July 1, 2016 at the sponsoring institution.


In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Applicant must possess a doctoral degree, either an MD or equivalent and/or a PhD from an institution outside North America.
  • At the start of the award period, MD applicants must be within four years of completing clinical residency or fellowship training (whichever ends more recently), and PhD applicants must be within four years of the receipt of the degree. (A parental leave of absence can not be counted towards the four years of eligibility.)
  • Prior to submission, applicant must identify a sponsoring U.S. institution and a research mentor that is an AASLD member who agrees in writing to supervise his or her research.
  • Applicant must have a student or trainee Visa to the U.S.
  • Project is clinical. "Clinical Research" is defined as studies related to patients or disease processes having direct contact between the principal investigator and humans. Clinical research includes epidemiology and clinical trials in liver disease. AND/OR: Project is translational. "Translational Research" is defined as clinical research with a substantial component of laboratory investigation using serum or tissue specimens from patients with liver disease. At least 80 percent effort should be devoted to research activities.
  • Applicant is a member of AASLD.
  • All applications must be in English.
  • Applicant may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation award.

Award Details

Award period: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

One award of $75,000 will be provided for one year. Funds may only be used for salary support or technical support/laboratory supplies for the investigator. No indirect costs are provided. It is expected that additional funds are available to the applicant in order to carry out the proposed research.

Funds will be issued to the recipient's institution and are not transferable to another recipient or another institution. The AASLD Foundation must approve any award transfer to an institution other than the sponsoring institution listed on the application.

Final Reports

Scientific progress and financial reports must be sent to the AASLD Foundation within 60 days of completion of the award.

The Liver Meeting®

The award recipient is strongly encouraged to both attend and present their work at The Liver Meeting®.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based upon their background, their commitment to a research career, the strength of their research project and the environment in which they will conduct this project.

Applications will be reviewed based on the written materials submitted. Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including the submission deadline and page limitations) will not be reviewed. All decisions are final.

Submission Instructions

  • Use the forms provided as cover pages. Print or type responses.
  • Include required documents and provide required signatures.
  • Put your name (last name, first name) and the name of the award in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  • Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section of the application.
  • Adhere to page limits and complete all sections.
  • The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows:
  • Last name, first initial – Award name (Example: Smith, J – LIFER)


The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, December 3, 2015. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

You will be sent an email confirmation that the PDF was received. If an email confirmation is not received in 2 business days, please contact to confirm receipt.

Additionally one (1) hard copy should be mailed to:

1001 N. Fairfax Street, Ste. 400
Alexandria, VA 22314