The American Urological Association (AUA) is committed to supporting urologic research through funding, advocacy and scholarly exchange. Through our Research Scholars Program and other funding awards, the AUA and Urology Care Foundation have been providing support to young urology researchers for 40 years in 2015!
These awards are important to innovative urologic research because they provide an opportunity for young scientists to begin a strong career in urologic research excellence at a time when many urology departments across the country are faced with budget challenges that limit quality research opportunities. Many of our scholars remain active in academic urology today, continuing to build upon the foundation of experience and knowledge gained during their research fellowships.
Research Scholars Program – One- and two-year awards are available for eligible MD and PhD researchers interested in pursuing careers in urologic research. Recipients receive $40,000 annually and the sponsoring institution provides matching funds.
Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards - Applicants are Board-certified or -eligible urologists who have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed career development award (e.g., K07/K08/K23 awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), or career development-type grants from the Department of Defense, American Cancer Society or others). This Program provides up to five years of supplemental salary support to career development Awardees to ensure that their research salary compensation is competitive with other academic urology faculty. Currently, the salary supplementation starts at $28,000 and increases each award year based on the following schedule:
Year 2: $33,000; Year 3: $40,000; Year 4: $46,000; and Year 5: $52,000.
Resident Research Awards - The Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Urology Residency Research Award is designed to fund a urology resident for a period of one year while the resident fulfills their obligation for research training. Recipients receive a $40,000 stipend that must also be matched by the participating institution. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited urology resident program and willing to spend at least 80 percent of their total time on the research project. Beginning in 2013, the AUA Board of Directors has approved additional funds to support resident research awards. There will be additional awards in 2013.
Summer Medical Student Fellowships - The two current programs include the Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program and the Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program. A salary stipend of $3,000 is paid directly to the Awardee within each program. The fellowship lasts two months (~60 days) during the summer of the award year. Applicants must be either a current medical student or entering medical school immediately following the fellowship period. For the Arkansas program, Applicants must be either a current medical student at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine or entering medical school there immediately following the fellowship period.