Residents & Fellows-in-Training Humanitarian Travel Grants

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) wishes its members to engage in humanitarian efforts.  Humanitarians are those who charitably lay down their life for others in need; that is, their professional skills, time, physical efforts, spiritual commitment, and financial resources.

The Humanitarian Efforts Committee helps the AAO-HNS Foundation as an organization, and its members as individuals, to serve humanity’s needs in this medical specialty throughout the world. Our goal is achieved through domestic and international patient care, preventive medicine, and education. As an extension of this desire, travel grants are given to provide an opportunity for residents in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery benevolently to give a period of professional service to the people of a developing country.

Duration of Service

A minimum of one week at one site.

Hospital Location

The recipient of this grant is responsible for contact and agreement with officials of the institution and the country in which he or she desires to serve. The AAO-HNS Foundation’s Humanitarian Efforts Committee will assist in providing several possibilities of institutions desiring such service. This grant is specifically for service in seriously underserved areas, both within and outside the United States.

Financial Aid

Grants of $1,000 are available, and the Foundation may award up to 25 grants per year. Grant applications must be for future trips. The recipient must raise additional funds for travel, living expenses, and so on. The service must be completed no later than one calendar year after the grant is awarded. Grant recipients who cannot make their planned trip within the one year period will be required to return the grant monies, but will be eligible to re-apply for future grants.

Eligibility and Deadlines

An application may be received from resident members of the Academy who will have completed at least two years of otolaryngology residency training (excluding surgical internship) in an accredited program at the time of service. Academy members in training fellowships are also eligible. Priority is given to residents in PGY4 or 5 or fellows in training, because of their advance surgical training. Prior recipients of a Humanitarian Efforts Resident Travel Grant are ineligible.

For Humanitarian Travel Grant Awardee articles, click here.


NOTE: For missions in the first six months of the year (January-June) the application deadline is November 15 of the previous year. For missions in the second six months (July through December,) the deadline is May 15 of the same year.

To apply for this grant, please fill out the attached form. Completed forms can be submitted to:

Katie Stouffs Grimes
Director, Global Affairs
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

1650 Diagonal Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314-2857, USA
Phone: 1-703-535-3738
Email: [email protected]



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