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15 Awards

1 Year Term


15 Awards

1 Year Term

This $500 travel award supports recipients who are graduate students, medical students or medical residents (residents up to postgraduate year three) giving abstract-based oral or poster presentations at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW). The top scoring abstract will be designated the Student Abstract of the Year and receive a $1,000 award. Four recipients will receive the AGA–Radhika Srinivasan Student Abstract Prize.


Next Awards Cycle in 2023

AGA Student Abstract Award applicants do not have to be AGA members. However, they must be sponsored by an AGA member in good standing. Please request your sponsor’s member number to submit with your application. Visit the AGA membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.


The objective of the AGA Research Foundation Student Abstract Award is to stimulate interest in gastroenterology and hepatology research careers by providing recognition to graduate students, medical students or residents (residents up to postgraduate year three) with exceptional abstracts accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW. The top scoring abstract is designated the Student Abstract of the Year.


  • 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 related to diseases, structure or function of the digestive system.
  • Postdoctoral fellows, technicians, visiting scientists and MD research fellows are not eligible for this award.
  • All high school and undergraduate students are ineligible.
  • Graduate students, medical students and medical residents 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. 16, 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 this award is provided by the AGA Research Foundation Endowment Fund.