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Grant and Fellowship Offerings

GRANTS

 
2021 AAPM Science Council Associates Mentorship Program: 

This program has been established to recognize and cultivate outstanding researchers at an early stage in their careers, with the goal of promoting a long-term commitment to science within AAPM. The program uses the process of shadowing to integrate the Associates into the scientific activities of the organization. The program will include eight Associates, each assigned to shadow one member from the AAPM Science Council, Research Committee, Data Sciences Committee, Therapy Physics Committee, Imaging Physics Committee, or Technology Assessment Committee. The Associate will participate in selected meetings of the Mentors Committee and will join and contribute to one Task Group (chosen with input from the mentor). The Associate will shadow AAPM-related activities of the mentor, including committee phone calls, abstract review, Young Investigator judging, committee activities at the Annual Meeting, etc.

SC Associates will participate in the program for one year. Each Associate will receive funding to register for the AAPM virtual Annual Meeting in 2021 and will be funded for up to $2000 to cover the costs of the 2022 Annual Meeting (travel costs including flight, hotel, and meeting registration). Including the pre-meeting activities associated with each Committee. The Science Council Associates will be announced, and a picture along with a short biosketch of each SC Associate posted on the AAPM website.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • PhD candidates or early career Medical Physicists within 5 years of earning his / her doctoral degree.
  • Must be a member of AAPM at the time of application (any membership category) and maintain membership for the duration of the award period.
  • Pending membership status not acceptable.
  • Prior Mentorship Program recipients are ineligible.

Required Supporting Documentation (Documents may be combined and submitted as one PDF):

  • Cover letter outlining current contributions to Medical Physics research, describing future career plans, and reasons for interest in the Mentorship program. The Cover Letter should specify the committee(s) and/or committee member(s) of interest e.g., Science Council, Research Committee, Therapy Physics Committee, Imaging Physics Committee, or Technology Assessment Committee, and/or member(s) therein
  • A diversity statement limited to one single-spaced page that describes how you will support and achieve SCAMP and AAPM’s goals of equity, diversity and inclusion, especially as it relates to supporting the role of women and underrepresented groups in the field.
  • CV (no more than 4 pages)
  • Brief letter of support from supervisor
Sponsored by the AAPM Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.
 
Application Deadline: 
Given the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Council Associates Mentorship Program (SCAMP) for 2021 will be virtual. For further information and/or mentorship opportunities please reach out to SCAMP Chair (eford@uw.edu) or Vice Chair (kkbrock@mdanderson.org).
 

Program Contact: Shana Donchatz

The program is closed.
 

 
2022 AAPM / RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant: 

The purpose of the AAPM funding is to provide 50% support of a resident's salary for two imaging physics residency programs. The awardee institution(s) will provide the other 50% support. After the period of the award is over, the intent is that the awardee institution(s) will continue to fully support this new imaging physics residency position. Demonstration of this intent should be included in the application materials.

History:
On November 29, 2017, the AAPM Board of Directors approved $140,000 in funding for two new imaging physics residency positions, in diagnostic, diagnostic with a nuclear medicine option, or nuclear medicine. With this funding, the selected institution(s) will receive $35,000 per year for two years as matching support for one resident.

The AAPM Board of Directors has approved $420,000 in support over 6-years ($70,000/year starting in 2019) to fund six spots in existing or new imaging residency programs. The RSNA Board of Directors approved $210,000 in funding for 3 additional slots in existing or new imaging residency programs.

Sponsored by the AAPM Education Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.
A list of Award Recipients can be found here.
 

Applicant Eligibility

  • CAMPEP accreditation is expected within the first year of the funding period, if a program is not currently accredited.
  • Open to existing or new imaging residency programs.
  • 1st priority “ New programs“ (hence new slots), no previous funding from any AAPM program. A new program is defined as one that has applied for CAMPEP accreditation after January 1, 2021, or has not yet applied for CAMPEP accreditation.
  • 2nd priority “ Existing programs“ but with new slots, no previous funding from any AAPM program. A new slot is defined as one that has been created or filled after January 1, 2021.
  • 3rd priority - "Existing programs" but with new slots, has had previous funding from any AAPM program. A new slot is defined as one that has been created or filled after January 1, 2021.

 
Award Duration: July 1, 2023 - July 1, 2025
Application Deadline: 
Recipients notified by: May 27, 2022
 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

Click Here to Apply
 

 
2022 Research Seed Funding Grant: 

Three $25,000 grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources. Funding for grant recipients will begin on August 31st of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings. The award is not intended to provide salary support for the applicant, however any other research-related expenses, including travel to scientific meetings, will be supported. Travel expense should be included in the submitted budget. At the end of the 12-month period a report must be forwarded to the AAPM, along with itemized expenses. The award will not support indirect costs. Any unspent funds should be returned to AAPM.

Sponsored by the AAPM Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.
A list of Award Recipients can be found here.
 

Eligibility:

  • 10 years or less since receipt of a terminal research degree or medical physics residency, whichever is later. (Excludes those who have reached Associate Professor level.)
  • Eligibility extension is possible and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, following similar NIH guidelines.
  • Must be a member of the AAPM at the time of application (any membership category). Pending membership status not eligible.
  • No previous grants >$50,000 as principle investigator (including institutional startup funding, industrial awards, other external grants).
  • Previously funded projects are ineligible.
  • Prior Seed Grant recipients are ineligible.

Application Requirements:

Five page description of research project (including figures and tables), separated as follows:
  1. specific aims
  2. background and significance
  3. preliminary results
  4. research plan
  5. literature cited
  6. budget
  7. Letter of support from division/department chair demonstrating support for the project and authorization of time and resources to complete the proposed research.
  8. CV (no more than 4 pages).
Note that sections (e), (f), (g) and (h) do not count towards the five-page limit.
Click to apply below. Click below to complete the online application. Combine all files into ONE PDF and upload.

As the competition for the seed grant is high, eligible applicants are encouraged to also submit their applications for other awards, e.g. www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/training/.

Review Criteria

50% Scientific merit of proposal (significance, innovation, environment, and soundness of approach)
25% Potential for project to develop into a major project fundable by NIH, DOE, DOD, etc.
25% Background of investigator


 
Award Duration: August 31, 2022 - August 31, 2023
Application Deadline: 

(All supporting documents are due by the application deadline.) You must log onto the AAPM website to view the apply button.
Recipients notified by: May 30, 2022
 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

 

 
ASTRO-AAPM Physics Resident/Post-Doctoral Fellow Seed Grant: AAPM and the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) are happy to announce a jointly funded research seed grant for Medical Physics Residents and Post-Doctoral Fellows. The goal of the joint seed grant is to advance the field of radiation oncology in novel ways through the support of early-career scientists involved in radiation oncology physics-related research. With this jointly supported grant, both societies aim to help support the next generation of researchers in the field of radiation oncology. One grant of up to $25,000 will be awarded. The 2022 award cycle will begin on July 1, 2022 and end on June 20, 2023.
 
Sponsored by the AAPM Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund and the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
 
Eligibility Criteria:
Application Instructions: Applications for the ASTRO-AAPM Physics Resident/Post-Doctoral Fellow Seed Grant must be received by February 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. All applications must be submitted through ASTRO's ProposalCentral.

For more information on details about this grant opportunity, please visit:
https://proposalcentral.com/GrantOpportunities.asp?GMID=105
 
Application Deadline:
 
Program Contact: Shana Donchatz
 

FELLOWSHIPS

 
2022 AAPM / RSNA Doctoral and Masters Graduate Fellowships: 

The Fellowship awards program has been restructured from its original single award mechanism to 4 Doctoral awards (PhD or DMP) and 3 MS awards each of $10,000. Additionally, one of the MS and Doctoral awards will be reserved for under-represented applicants (see details below).

Doctoral Graduate Fellowships:
Four
PhD Awards of $10,000 each
Two awards will be for first year Doctoral Students.
Two awards will be for second year or higher Doctoral Students.
• Paid to institution which in turn transfers it to student. Money can be used for tuition, professional and research development.

MS Graduate Fellowships:
Three
MS Awards of $10,000 each
All first and second year MS students are eligible to apply.
• Paid to institution which in turn transfers it to student. Money can be used for tuition, professional and research development.

Applicants must be a member of the AAPM at the time of application, (any membership category). Pending membership status not eligible.

Sponsored by the AAPM Education & Research Fund.
A list of Award Recipients can be found here.
 
Each first-year applicant must be a graduate of an undergraduate program in physics or equivalent majors (e.g. engineering-physics, math-physics, or nuclear engineering or applied physics) from an accredited university or college in North America. The undergraduate grade point average must be greater than 3.5 (Based on a 4.0). Each applicant must have submitted an application for graduate study to one of the CAMPEP accredited programs with subsequent acceptance.

Each second-year applicant must be enrolled in a CAMPEP accredited graduate medical physics program. The first semester graduate grade point average must be greater than 3.5.

Required Supporting Documentation:
  • All post-secondary study transcripts (Official Transcripts Only) (email or mail to the address below
  • Copy of Graduate Record Exam results (If applicable)
  • A statement of how funds are to be used, and how the funds will benefit your graduate study or career should you receive the award.
  • TWO Recommendation Forms (Form can be found on the application page; Email to the address below)
  • One Reference Letter (Email to the address below)
  • Acceptance letter from intended CAMPEP Accredited Program
  • CV including GPAs and Publications (Use CV Template)
  • Completed Graduate Fellowship Application Template
  • Click below to complete the online application, download and complete the application form. Merge all files, excluding recommendation form, official transcripts and reference letters, into ONE PDF and upload.

The application includes

  • a request for a 300-word statement of how funds are to be used, and how the funds will benefit your graduate study or career should you receive the award
  • a check box for under-represented applicants. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research science and engineering: African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders


Send supporting documentation only to:
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
1631 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
ATTN: Karen MacFarland
karen@aapm.org

 
Application Deadline: 

 

(All supporting documents are due by the application deadline.)
Recipient Notified on: May 30, 2022
 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

 

 
2022 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program: 

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is a 10 week summer program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. The term of the fellowship is May - September. The mentor and Fellow will determine the exact 10 week schedule. In this program, AAPM serves as a clearinghouse to match exceptional students with exceptional medical physicists, many who are faculty at leading research centers. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be an AAPM summer fellow. Each summer fellow receives a $6,000 stipend from AAPM. The stipend is based upon an expectation of 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks.

What is Medical Physics?

Sponsored by the AAPM Education Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Award Winners History.
 

Eligibility Criteria:

Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Students with graduation date of May 2022 are not eligible. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations, modern physics/quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S. Prior fellowship recipients not eligible.

Submission Instructions:

  1. Construct a 1-page typewritten self-statement (font with Times New Roman, 11 pts minimum, and 1" margin space all around). It should include a brief academic history, a statement of how one became knowledgeable of medical physics, and one's future goals upon graduation. Combine the Application and Self Statement into one PDF and upload online. DO NOT Mail the application and self statement.
  2. 2 signed Letters of Reference must be sent via email to karen@aapm.org.
  3. Official transcripts must be sent via email to karen@aapm.org.
 
Application Deadline: 
(All supporting documents are due by the application deadline (EDT).
Recipients Notified by: February 28, 2022


Students /Mentors click below to apply.

 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

Click Here to Apply
 

 
2022 DREAM - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program: 

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program "DREAM" is a 10 week summer program designed to increase the number of women and racially underrepresented groups in medical physics by offering research opportunities, outreach and strategic mentorship geared towards recruiting a more robust and diverse group of skilled undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. DREAM students will be placed into summer research and mentorship groups that are consistent with their research and career interests. DREAM fellows are selected on a competitive basis. Up to six $6,000 stipends will be awarded to selected DREAM fellows. The stipend is based upon an expectation of 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks.

What is Medical Physics?

The fellowship will be for a period of 10 weeks during the summer academic period (May to September), which is mutually suitable to the mentor and fellow.
Sponsored by the AAPM Education Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.

DREAM (formerly known as Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience Program) Award Winners History
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Eligibility:

Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Students with a graduation date of May 2022 are not eligible. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations, modern physics/quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S. Prior fellowship recipients not eligible.

Submission Instructions:
  1. Construct a 1-page typewritten self-statement (font with Times New Roman, 11 pts minimum, and 1" margin space all around). It should include a brief academic history, a statement of how one became knowledgeable of medical physics, and one's future goals upon graduation. Combine the Application and Self Statement into one PDF and upload online. DO NOT Mail the application and self statement.
  2. 2 signed Letters of Reference can sent via email to karen@aapm.org.
  3. Send Official transcripts via email to karen@aapm.org.
 
Application Deadline: 
All supporting document are due by the application deadline 11:59 PM (EDT).
Recipients Notified by: February 28, 2022


Click the apply button to obtain the Application Template.

Students /Mentors click below to apply.

 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

Click Here to Apply
 

 
2022 AAPM BEST Award: 

BEST Medical will provide a stipend to be used for travel, food and lodging expenses to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. AAPM will provide complimentary 2022 Annual Meeting registration for each recipient, including social functions. BEST Medical will also provide a plaque for each of the fellowship recipients to be presented by BEST Medical during the 2022 Annual Meeting with photographs of the presentations. BEST Medical and AAPM will have the right to use these photographs, and indicate each recipient's name and identifying information in recognizing the recipient's achievement of being selected for the fellowship.

Sponsored by BEST Medical International and the AAPM Education Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.

A list of Award Recipients can be found here.
 
Each applicant must be:
  • a Student, Resident or Junior Member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM); and,
  • First author on an accepted abstract for the 2022 AAPM Annual Meeting.
Required Supporting Documentation:
  • Attach all abstracts submitted to the 2022 AAPM Annual Meeting.
  • Download and complete the AAPM BEST Award application. Merge all files into one PDF and upload the completed application (PDF).
If you have questions or concerns please contact Karen MacFarland
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
1631 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 298-1228
karen@aapm.org
 
Award Duration: July 10, 2022 - July 14, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Recipients Notified by: May 24, 2022

You must log onto the AAPM website to access the apply button.

 

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland