The trainee’s quick guide to AAO-HNS/F funding

November 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 10

Kevin Zhan, MD, SRF Information Officer

The freshly minted ENT intern with the unharmed pager, mired in the concerns of how to replete potassium, spray a nose, or even look at a temporal bone, may be joyfully aloof to Academy funding opportunities. And as the responsibilities accumulate with increasing PGY years, Academy awards can turn out to be an enormous missed opportunity. Fortunately, the Academy’s Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) prioritizes keeping all trainees abreast of all funding opportunities. Every resident and fellow paying Academy membership dues is an SRF member and eligible for funding, regardless of PGY year or country, and every trainee should apply for funding.

Resident Leadership Grants and Humanitarian Travel Grants

Approximately 90 travel grants are biannually given to help finance travel to the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & Board of Governors (BOG) Spring Meeting. Academy involvement, such as being a committee member, delegate to other societies, SRF residency representative, or part of the SRF Governing Council, improves the chances of receiving these awards. A leadership primer is available on the SRF webpage ( The Humanitarian Travel Grants fund trainees participating in medical missions and are awarded twice a year. Recipients of these competitive humanitarian awards must publish a report of their experience in the Bulletin.

Academy CORE Grants

These grants are prestigious research awards ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 with funding from the AAO-HNSF, specialty societies, and industry sponsors. Letters of Intent are due December 16, with full grants due January 15. These competitive grants are awarded the following June. Visit

Eisenberg Health Policy Resident Leadership Grant

This grant annually funds three to four leadership-minded trainees to attend the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting. Recipients participate in substantive policy discussions, attend briefings on important topics directly related to healthcare policies impacting patient care, and meet and network with leaders in the specialty.

As shown, the Academy provides a wealth of funding opportunities for trainees at every stage, every year, for all walks and interests and always seeking other support methods. The SRF is eagerly available to help navigate these opportunities (