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4 Awards

1 Year Term


4 Awards

1 Year Term

This $500 travel award supports recipients who are graduate students, medical students, medical residents (residents up to postgraduate year three), clinical fellows or postdoctoral fellows giving abstract-based oral or poster presentations at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) that communicate research into health or health care disparities.


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AGA membership is not required of applicants who are students or residents; however, they must be sponsored by an AGA member in good standing. AGA membership is required of applicants who are clinical or postdoctoral fellows. Visit the AGA membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.


The objective of the AGA Research Foundation Abstract Award for Health Disparities Research is to stimulate interest in gastroenterology and hepatology research that improves access and care for underserved patients leading to a narrowing of disparities. Abstract awards aim to generate interest in digestive disease research careers by providing recognition to students and fellows with exceptional abstracts accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW.


  • Applicants must be the first author of an abstract or the designated speaker of an oral presentation accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW.
  • Applicants must be:
    • Graduate students, medical students or medical residents (residents up to postgraduate year three) at an institution in North America who have performed original research.
    • Clinical or postdoctoral fellows with MD, PhD or equivalent degrees at institutions in North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico).
  • The research presented in the abstract must be related to health or health care disparities associated with a digestive disease or disorder.
  • All high school and undergraduate students are ineligible.
  • Students and fellows training outside North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico) are ineligible.
  • Applicants who are physician-scientists, female or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Applicants may only submit one abstract for consideration.
  • Abstracts must have been submitted to, and accepted by, AGA for presentation at DDW.
  • A copy of the notification from AGA confirming acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster presentation at DDW must be submitted with the application.
  • Applicants must be first or presenting author of the abstract/oral session. No exceptions are allowed.
  • Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae or NIH biographical sketch with their application.
  • Applicants must have a sponsor who is an AGA member in good standing at the time of application submission.


Applicants who have received any similar travel award to attend DDW using the same abstract submitted to AGA are ineligible for consideration.


Recipients will be selected based on the significance of the research, clarity of the abstract and contribution of the applicant.


A selection committee comprising members of the AGA Institute Research Awards Panel will review applications and select the award recipients.


The application deadline is Feb. 22, 2022. Applications must be submitted through the AGA Grants Management System and will not be accepted via mail, fax or email. Click the “Apply Now” button to create an account and/or apply. Applicants may preview the application as it will appear in the AGA Grants Management System. Please note that this preview is for reference only; all applications must be completed online by selecting the “Apply Now” button.


Please direct all questions to the AGA Awards Program at


Funding for these awards is made possible through the generosity of supporters to the 2020 AGA Giving Day Campaign to fund health disparities research.


Be part of AGA Giving Day and help the AGA Research Foundation foster and support the careers of underrepresented researchers. Donate now through Oct. 26.

AGA grants supported by Giving Day will help spark diverse students’ interest in GI research careers and launch underrepresented investigators’ academic research careers.

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