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SSAT Grants & Awards Program

Grants available for application April through June

20,000 USD/year for 2 years: This award is to assist in the development of young faculty members engaged in clinical, outcomes, and/or educational research in digestive diseases.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024 8,000 USD stipend: A fellowship to provide an opportunity to promote interaction among surgeons in low- and middle-income countries and members of the SSAT. The goal is to develop centers of excellence in GI surgery throughout the world, harnessing the expertise of SSAT members and identifying local champions who can promote GI surgical quality in their home countries.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 5,000 USD stipend: For an SSAT member to visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the US or Canada, for a period of 6 to 10 days, under the sponsorship of an SSAT member at the hosting institution, thereby promoting interaction and learning among SSAT members within the US or Canada.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 The SSAT-sponsored Visiting Grand Rounds Professorship program promotes mid-level faculty by providing them an opportunity to be Visiting Professors for Grand Rounds. This program offers a vehicle for mid-level faculty within the SSAT to increase their visibility and name recognition, as well as provides networking opportunities with colleagues.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024


Grants available for application July through September

5,000 USD stipend: For an SSAT member to visit International GI Surgery units and an International Meeting, thereby promoting interaction and learning among junior academic surgeons in the SSAT with surgical units overseas.
Application Deadline has passed. 5,000 USD stipend: This Travel Exchange is for a US early career SSAT surgeon member (< 7 years in practice) to exchange with an international early career SSAT surgeon member for a 4 to 5 day visit in each home country.
Application Deadline has passed. $25,000: This one year research fellowship award will be provided to a resident or fellow SSAT Candidate member to support research being conducted in the research program of SSAT members.
Application Deadline has passed.


Grants available for application October through December

To recognize an individual or organization that has impacted the public by promoting, educating, or creating awareness of gastrointestinal health.
Nomination Deadline has passed. To provide SSAT members with education on the writing and revising of journal manuscripts as well as the submission process. Each scholarship includes a ticket to attend the SSAT Writers Workshop at the Annual Meeting at DDW, along with reimbursement for early registration and other travel related expenses.
Application Deadline has passed. 1,000 USD stipend: This research scholarship will be awarded to an APP that has demonstrated significant contributions in research related to their field of practice. The recipient would be asked to present their work during the Allied Health Symposium taking place during at the annual SSAT meeting at DDW 2024. You must be an SSAT member or complete a membership application to apply.
Application Deadline has passed. 1,000 USD stipend: This travel grant will be awarded to two APP’s who need assistance with their travel expenses to travel to Digestive Disease Week® in Washington DC in May, 2024. You must be an SSAT member or complete a membership application to apply.
Application Deadline has passed. To recognize an SSAT member who is an outstanding clinical surgeon. The award will be presented during the Annual Meeting of the SSAT at DDW.
Application Deadline has passed. To recognize an SSAT member who is an outstanding surgical educator and mentor. The award will be presented during the Annual Meeting of the SSAT at DDW.
Application Deadline has passed. The SSAT Founders Medal was established in 1976 and is given annually to an individual who has provided leadership and service to the SSAT over their career in surgery. While it is often given to a Past President of the SSAT, this is not a requirement; the only real requirement is dedication, leadership and service over the span of many years. The SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference is a daylong session held annually in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week®, at which the residents and fellows who serve as the presenting authors of the highest ranked abstracts from the Annual Meeting are given the opportunity to present their own work and hear and discuss the work of their colleagues from around the world. Participating in the SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference is by invitation only.

Grants available for application January through March

This 2-year program aims to develop and support mid-career faculty from underrepresented backgrounds and/or under-resourced institutions who have interest in becoming an academic leader in GI surgery.
Application Deadline has passed. The SSAT Coaching Scholarship provides an opportunity for up to four (4) SSAT Members to explore a coaching curriculum and skill set offered by The Academy for Surgical Coaching (A4SC).
Application Deadline has passed. 1,000 USD travel grants: For young investigators who co-author basic science abstracts selected for presentation at DDW. These travel grants are administered by DDW and are open to co-authors of basic science abstracts submitted to and accepted by any of the four DDW societies.
Application Deadline has passed. 2,800 USD scholarship: For SSAT members to attend the SUS Leadership Agility Program - designed in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management and held at Northwestern University's Evanston, Illinois, campus - which equips leaders to advance their careers in academic medicine amidst an ever-changing landscape. It is required that the scholarship recipient receive matching funds from their institution so that registration fees are completely covered.
Application Deadline has passed. 75,000 USD/year for 2 years: For young faculty members to help establish investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases.
Application Deadline has passed. 8,000 USD stipend: To subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Application Deadline has passed.

Past Awards
SSAT Posters of Distinction Awards
SSAT Health Care Disparities Research Award
JOGS Best Article Award
SSAT Career Development Award for Clinical/Outcomes/Education Research
SSAT Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology (IASG) Fellowship
SSAT Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Developing Nations

Past Grants
SSAT COVID-19 and GI Diseases Research Award
SSAT/SBAS Resident/Fellow Research Award
SSAT Mentored Research Award
SSAT and Research Foundation of the ASCRS Joint Research Award




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