American Society of Nephrology-Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Award

All applications must be submitted by March 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. ET.


The American Society of Nephrology-Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASN-AMFDP) Award aims to increase diversity among future leaders in nephrology by supporting the research and career development of a kidney scholar and future health care leader from a historically disadvantaged background.

ASN has partnered with the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the shortage of minority scholars with academic and research appointments in the field of nephology. The AMFDP was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine or dentistry and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists. The program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards.


To be eligible for this award, applicants must be physicians who:

  • are from historically marginalized backgrounds
  • are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of application, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application (changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms); and
  • are completing or have completed their formal clinical training.

An applicant who is uncertain of his/her eligibility should contact the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program before completing an application.

Funding and Stipulations

  • The award will provide four years of research support, including an annual stipend of up to $75,000 and an annual grant of $30,000 toward the support of research activities.
  • Each ASN-AMFDP scholar will spend at least 70 percent of his or her time in research activities in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center. The scholar is responsible for identifying this mentor at their institutions to work with them and give them research and career guidance.


Applications must be submitted through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Application and Review system. Applicants will be able to identify themselves as nephrologists who are applying under the ASN-AMFDP partnership through the application.

  • March 15, 2023 (3 pm ET): Deadline for receipt of completed online applications.
  • July 12-14, 2023: Semifinalist applicant interviews with national advisory committee members.
  • August 2023: Notification of finalist status.
  • November 2023: Notification of awards.

Please visit the AMFDP website to confirm the most up to date timeline.



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