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NIDDK/National Hispanic Medical Association’s Travel Award

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) are pleased to announce opportunities for travel awards to residents and fellows to attend the NHMA’s Annual Conference.

This year, the 21st Annual Conference will take place at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel in Washington, D.C. from May 4 - 7, 2017. The NIDDK Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

The awards are intended for residents and fellows who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. The U.S. Hispanic population reached 56.6 million in 2015, and constitute 17.6 percent of the nation’s total population (CDC). As the population of our country changes to one that is more racially and ethnically diverse, it augments the need to increase the diversity of our work force, to provide the skills needed to our underrepresented scientists, and to continue to invest in eliminating the health disparities that currently exist within our Hispanic population. Without proper training and knowledge of how clinical practice and research go hand-in-hand, it stagnates our understanding of how to provide better access and quality healthcare to our patients. Research has shown that translation of research into clinical practice is effective only in populations that are adequately represented.

Travel awardees (designated as NIDDK-NHMA Fellows) receive air travel ticket (economy), 5 days/4 nights’ hotel accommodations, and registration costs. All award recipients are required to attend the entire NIDDK Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine, exceptions will not be made. They are also strongly encouraged to attend the other NHMA Conference functions.


An eligible candidate for a travel award will:

  • Be a member of a nationally underrepresented group in biomedical or behavioral research
  • Be interested in membership in the National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Be a resident, fellow, post-doctoral scientist, or early stage investigator
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident
  • Not have received travel support under this announcement in previous years

Application Process

Applicants are required to have the following and encouraged to prepare prior to accessing the portal:

  • Provide a personal statement describing the candidate’s research interests, career ambitions, and how attending the program will influence the candidate’s training and development
  • Provide a curriculum vita (CV)
  • Provide a letter of support from the Chairperson or Director of the Training Program indicating how the applicant will continue to be supported in their pursuit of a career in academic medicine

Application materials must be submitted through the online application system that will be available on November 15, 2017.

Submit Application

Applications will be accepted from November 15, 2017 until February 15, 2018.

Selection Process

The travel awards will be made on a competitive basis. The NIDDK/NHMA Travel Award Review Committee will review the applications and select awardees based on policies and provisions of the NIH governing administrative awards. Award recipients will be announced no later than March 15, 2018

NIDDK Contact

Salina Waddy, M.D.