American Society of Hematology Minority Recruitment Initiative

September 17, 2023

The American Society of Hematology (ASH™) Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) programs provide funding to engage medical trainees in the study of hematology through mentor guided research experiences. These award programs include the Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP), the Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP), and two award programs for graduate students and fellows, the Minority Hematology Graduate Award (MHGA) and the Minority Hematology Fellow Award (MHFA).

These award programs are available to medical students, residents, graduate students, and fellows who are interested in a hematology research experience. Research projects can be either clinical or laboratory based. MRI awards also cover costs to travel to the annual ASH meeting where awardees will present their research findings at the world's premier hematology event.

Applicants selected to participate in MRI programs will receive a stipend to work with the ASH member with whom they will conduct their research. Career development mentors are also paired with each participant (MMSAP and MRHAP), to provide guidance throughout the awardee's years in training and beyond.

Minority Medical Student
Award Program (MMSAP)  
Research Time  Eligibility
(Medical Students) 
 Summer 8-12 weeks Years 1 &2 $5,000 award

Up to 12 months
(320-480 hrs.)

Years 1, 2, 3 $5,000 award
 Yearlong 1 year Years 1, 2, 3  $32,000 award
 Minority Resident Hematology
Award Program (MRHAP)
Research Time  Eligibility
Flexible  Up to 12 months  Enrolled in pediatrics,
internal medicine, or
pathology residency
programs or applied
to/matched into a heme-one
fellowship program
 $5,000 award
Minority Hematology
Fellow Award (MHFA) 
 Research Time Eligibility (MD/DO, PhD,
MD/DO-PhD post-
doctoral fellows)
 Full-time 2-3 years Years 1 & 2 $100,000 award
 Minority Hematology
Graduate Award (MHGA)
 Research Time Eligibility (PhD Students)  Stipend
Full-time  2 years Years 1, 2, 3 $80,000


MMSAP and MRHAP awardees will receive an additional $2,000 travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting which consists of:

  • A $1,000 travel stipend to attend the annual meeting
  • A $1,000 stipend for making a presentation about the research project at a special reception

In addition to stipends, dual mentorship, and covered travel to the ASH annual meeting, all MRI awardees will receive:

  • Complimentary registration for the ASH annual meeting
  • Online access to The Hematologist and Blood
  • The opportunity to present research findings to 200+ annual meeting attendees and networking with members of the Society's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, NIH representatives, and ASH leadership at the world's premier hematology event

For the purposes of MRI programs, minority is defined as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada, including Indigenous American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples. Thus, all applicants must self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, JI / H-1 B Visa holders, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and plan to conduct their research project in the contiguous United States or Canada.

Each year we see an increased interest our programs. This year, we are hoping to further our reach by expanding the MRI awards program to include awards that support the careers of underrepresented minority pre-and post-doctoral fellows.

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