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ACS and AAST Health Policy Scholarship


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has decided to defer all Health Policy scholarships until the year 2021. This page will be updated and new applicants will be considered as soon as more information becomes available.


The American College of Surgeons and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 14–20, 2020.

Read the preliminary report from 2018 scholar Krista L Kaups, MD, MSc, FACS.


The award is open to non-resident surgeons who are members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 60, on the date that the completed application is filed.

General Application Information

The application is submitted via e-mail to as a single PDF document consisting of:

  1. A cover sheet that includes contact information (name, preferred postal address, e-mail address) and specifies the name of the scholarship: ACS/AAST Scholarship
  2. A one-page essay discussing:
    • Why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship
    • How the scholarship will fill a gap in applicant’s training or experience
    • Goals or plans to use the newly acquired knowledge or skills in his or her practice or community
  3. A current NIH-style biosketch (five-page maximum)

Award Obligations

  • The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
  • The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot be postponed.
  • The Scholar is required to provide one year’s health policy-related assistance to the ACS and the AAST, attending meetings, reviewing applications, and participating as a pro tem member of the health policy committee as requested.
  • The College anticipates that program alumni will serve as state councilors for the SurgeonsVoice Program, its grassroots initiative aimed at establishing relationships with members of Congress.
  • A brief report of the Scholar’s experiences and activities is due at the conclusion of the course and of the scholarship period. A simple accounting of expenses is also required.

Additional Funding Sources

Application for this award may be submitted even if comparable application to other organizations has been made. If the recipient accepts a similar scholarship from another agency or organization, the scholarship will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the recipient to notify the Scholarships Administrator of the ACS of competing awards.


The closing date for receipt of applications is February 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm Central Time. An awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of members of ACS and AAST. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in April 2020.

Questions may be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281. For more information, visit the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Requirements for the ACS/AAST scholarship are here and on the AAST website.

2020 ACS/AAST Health Policy Scholarship Requirements

Please e-mail PDF applications for this scholarship to

American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3295