As part of AASLD's efforts to advance our shared goal of cultivating the next generation of academic leaders, AASLD has partnered with the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program has been designed to increase the number of scholars from historically marginalized groups in the field of hepatology with academic and research appointments. The AASLD-AMFDP Award offers four years of postdoctoral research support to historically disadvantaged physicians committed to developing careers in academic medicine and serving as role models for students and faculty of similar backgrounds. 

About the AASLD-AMFDP (Harold Amos Award)

For over 20 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to increase the representation of minority scholars in academic medicine through its Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. The program was created to assist faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve senior rank in academic medicine. It is named after Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African-American to chair a department, now the Department of Microbiology and Medical Genetics, at the Harvard Medical School.

The AASLD Governing Board recently approved support for the program to strengthen its commitment to DE&I efforts in hepatology. Through the program, AASLD is committed to funding one AMFDP hepatology scholar for 4 years. The selected scholar is expected to spend at least 70 percent of his/her time on research activities in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center and will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant toward support of research activities.  

Program Mentorship

The selected awardee will be assigned a National Advisory Committee mentor, following an application review and an in-person interview, who will follow their progress throughout the award term and provide additional guidance.

The selected cohort will meet for mentoring and leadership training.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:

  • Be physicians or nurses from a historically disadvantaged background (ethnic, financial, or educational) who have excelled in their education. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application deadline.
  • Be completing or have completed their formal clinical training.
  • Be prepared to devote four consecutive years to research; and
  • Be committed to pursuing an academic career and improving the health status of the underserved, decreasing health disparities, or serving as a role model for students and faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Application Process

To view detailed application requirements and begin the application process, please visit the AMFDP website.

Key Dates

Applications available  - February 8, 2023

Application deadline - March 16, 2023

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