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International Grants and Scholarships

International Visiting Scholarships (IVS): Deadline April 15

Every year, the AAO-HNSF offers a limited number of scholarships to junior academics from developing countries in order to attend the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and participate in an academic observership at a U.S. otolaryngology department or institution (arranged independently by the candidate). The IVS is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility requirements. Additional IVS opportunities exist with specific eligibility criteria to promote Academy participation from a given nationality, sex, or subspecialty. The following "specialized" IVS grants are available in 2020:

  • The American Association of Otolaryngologists of Indian Heritage International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with Indian citizenship who reside in India.
  • Antonio De la Cruz, MD International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with citizenship of a country located in Latin America.
  • Baxiram S. and Kankuben B. Gelot International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: International otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon.
  • Dr. Dinesh and Pravina Mehta International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with Indian citizenship who reside in India.
  • Eiji Yanagisawa, MD International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Meritorious international otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon (of a country other than the United States or Canada).
  • IVS for Caribbean
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons with Caribbean citizenship who reside in the Caribbean. Sponsored by Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon).
  • IVS for Egypt
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons with Egyptian citizenship who reside in Egypt. Sponsored by Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon).
  • IVS for Germany
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons with German citizenship who reside in Germany. Sponsored by Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon).
  • IVS for Koreans
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with Korean citizenship who reside in Korea. Sponsored by the Korean American Otolaryngology Society.
  • IVS for Middle East & Africa
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with citizenship from countries in the Middle East or Africa. Sponsored by the Middle East Academy.
  • IVS for Saudis
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with Saudi citizenship who reside in Saudi Arabia. Sponsored by Abdul-rahman Hagr, MBBS, FRCSC.
  • IVS for Taiwan
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons with Taiwanese citizenship who reside in Taiwan. Sponsored by Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon).
  • Roy R. Casiano, MD International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons with citizenship of a country located in Latin America with an interest in rhinology.
  • Nancy L. Snyderman, MD International Visiting Scholarship
    • Eligibility: Meritorious international female otolaryngologist.

Each grant of US $2,000 will not fully cover the expenses of attending the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and the observership. The grant includes a waiver for AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience registration fees and a one-year trial membership of the AAO-HNS. The grantee will bear all other costs.

Apply today. Submission deadline is April 15. To learn more, email international@entnet.org.

IVS: Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in applying for an International Visiting Scholarship (IVS). Here are some questions and answers, but if you have more questions, please email international@entnet.org and we will be glad to help.

I have an observership at a U.S. host site. How do I apply for an AAO-HNSF IVS for $2,000?
Complete the application and submit via email to international@entnet.org. ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH TOGETHER AS A SINGLE PDF FILE. The deadline is April 15.

IVS applications will be forwarded to the awards review team without the formal observership letter (tentative observership letter or an email chain will be accepted in the review process). Once the review team selects the award recipients, the applicant will receive a formal letter of notification stating that he/she is receiving an award contingent to receiving the observership confirmation prior to the Annual Meeting.

As a Resident, Fellow-in-Training, or Member-in-Training, can I apply for an IVS grant?
No, if you are still studying in an otolaryngology program you are not eligible.

Will the IVS cover all expense?
Your meeting registration fee is waived, you will also receive a one-year membership to the AAO-HNS, and a monetary award of $2,000 USD which will be wire transferred to your banking institution after the Annual Meeting. All this is contingent upon being selected to receive an IVS award.

All costs related to travel, hotel accommodations, and the observership are covered by the awardee. The monetary award of $2,000 can be used at one’s discretion and is intended to defray costs of travel.

Can I apply to more than one IVS?
Yes, please select all that you believe you are eligible for.

I received an IVS; can I apply again?
No, you are not eligible for a second IVS grant.

Can you advise me on finding an observership?
The applicant is responsible for securing their own observership. The AAO-HNS is not affiliated with the medical institutions in the U.S. and a requirement for the IVS is that the applicant pre-arrange the observership. Many times, the IVS applicants get a great deal of information from the members of their professional societies, and that also includes ideas/suggestions for observerships in the U.S.

What does the selection panel look for in an application?
The panel gives weighted scores to personal statement, letters of support, and curriculum vitae. The panel looks for your prior experiences, preparedness, ability to make an impact, and motivation/plans for observership.

How should I follow up my application?

We will notify you on receipt of your emailed application package, including any questions about missing documents. Late applications cannot be reviewed because the selection committee will be working to finalize the grantees quickly.

When will I be notified?
The applications go to the panel for review immediately after the deadline, and the notifications are sent out by June 1.

How are IVS paid?
After notification, you will be given a wire transfer form to complete. The funds will be handled by our accounting department and disbursed to you after the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

If I don’t get an IVS, what should I do?
The IVS program has become highly competitive, so not every applicant is successful. You are welcome to apply again at a future date.

To learn more about the International Visiting Scholarship, please email  international@entnet.org

AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Awards: Deadline April 15

The AAO-HNS Foundation supports otolaryngologists around the world who demonstrate a unique commitment to the specialty as part of our continued effort to foster a global otolaryngology community. 

The AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service and Humanitarian Awards recognize the achievements of non-U.S. otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons. The Awards are in fulfillment of the AAO-HNSF’s aim to foster a global otolaryngology community, and made possible through the generosity of Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD, a longtime advocate of AAO-HNSF international affairs. In order to apply for either award, candidates must either self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague and/or associate.

This program has two distinct awards:

  • The Public Service Award is conferred on an international otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon whose efforts, achievements, and contributions have advanced the otolaryngology specialty.

  • The Humanitarian Award recognizes the efforts of an international otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon who has given freely of his/her professional skills to persons who otherwise cannot, physically or financially, receive them. 

Apply today. Submission deadline is April 15. To learn more, email international@entnet.org.

International Travel Grant to Annual Meeting: Deadline April 15

Are you a non-U.S. junior faculty member now studying in the U.S.A. or Canada? You may be eligible for one of five grants of up to $1,000 each to attend the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. These grants are not available to citizens of the U.S.A. or Canada or to foreign nationals studying outside the U.S.A. 

Apply today. Submission deadline is April 15. To learn more, email international@entnet.org.

The Harry Barnes Endowment Travel Grant

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, in collaboration with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, will provide Travel Grants to assist with needed funding for meritorious, young residents of African descent from the United States, Caribbean or Canada to participate in career molding educational experiences while attending the AAO-HNS/F 2019 Leadership Forum and BOG Spring Meeting.

Apply Today. Submission Deadline is Monday, June 28, 2019