Predoctoral Fellowships

This Award is designed to develop the pathway of future anatomical scientists by providing funding for students who are current or new members of AAA completing their first masters or first doctoral degree.  This mechanism will support all graduate students as they fully engage with their research in anatomical sciences.


  • Must be a current member at the time of application and expected to remain a member throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Must be in first year of first master's degree program or 2nd or 3rd year of doctoral degree.  
  • Project must be relevant to the anatomical sciences or anatomy education that is within the scope and rigor of one of the AAA family journals


Application Materials from the Mentee

  • CV or NIH-Style biosketch (max. 5 pages)
  • The Application package should include Research Proposal including the following (max. 3 pages)
    • Specific Aims and (if applicable) hypotheses
    • Background and rationale
    • Preliminary data/progress to-date (if applicable)
    • Research design and approach
  • Background and goals for fellowship training (max. 2 pages) 
    • Background: Describe any past research  experience or any other relevant experience to the current application
    • Training goals and objectives: Address overall training goals, how the fellowship will help your professional development.
  • Research training Plan (max. 2 pages)
    • Relate research to your career goals
    • Explain the relationship between the applicant's research on the fellowship award and the mentor's ongoing research program.
    • Should be tailored to your experience and allows you to develop career advancing skills.
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 required) 
    • Letters must be from individuals who are not primary research advisor, but can speak of the research and potential of the applicant.
  • Letter from the Department Chair (or advisor)
    • This letter must attest the status of the student and departmental support (if any)
  • Facilities, environment, and other resources (max. 1 page) 
    • How the research site contributes to the probability of success, like institutional support, physical resources, and intellectual rapport. 
  • Institutional commitment to training (max. 1 page) 
    • Describe the graduate program, including coursework requirements, teaching requirements (if any), dissertation guidelines, and any other relevant departmental requirements.
  • Selection of sponsor and institution (max. 0.5 page) 
    • Rationale for the choice of the institution and the sponsor
  • Respective contribution (max. 0.5 page) 
    • Indicate your contribution to current research project
  • Responsible conduct of research (max. 0.5 page)
    • Provide available training and student participation requirement. 
  • If applicable, a brief statement describing protection of human subjects or vertebrate animals (max 1 page)

*Formatting requirements for letters of support

  • No more than 500 words
  • Must include institutional or professional letterhead (if available)
  • Must include name, title, department, and institution of reference writer
  • Must include applicant's full name

**Formatting requirements for application materials

  • Standard 8.5 x 11-inch page size
  • No smaller than 11-point font Arial (10-point font may be used for footnotes, figure captions, and text within figures)
  • No smaller than 0.5-inch margins

Application Materials from the Mentor/Advisor/Sponsor

  • CV or NIH-style biosketch (max. 5 pages)
  • Sponsor statement (max. 3 pages)
    • Current research support
    • Previous experience with trainees
    • Training plan for the mentee
    • Number of trainees supervised
    • Trainee's qualifications and potential for a professional career


April 16


Salary support up to $37,000 and up to $4,000 for Open Access Publication Charges upon abstract submission and acceptance. Up to $1,500 in travel reimbursement to the Annual Meeting in the year following the completion of the fellowship; must submit abstract and present at meeting.  Successful applicants may be eligible for up to $12,000 in cost-of-education/tuition support.