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AGA Student Abstract Award

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2018

Total Award Amount: $500, $1,000
Term: DDW Travel
Number of Awards: 10
Eligible Categories: DDW Travel Award, Student Award, Travel Award

(Currently Closed: All details within apply to the 2018 grant and are subject to change. Details for the 2019 grant will be available June  2018.)


This travel award provides $500 and one $1,000 prize to recipients who are high school, undergraduate, graduate, or medical students or residents (residents up to year three postgraduate) presenting posters/oral sessions at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW).


AGA Student Abstract Award applicants must be sponsored by an AGA member in good standing to submit an application. Please have your sponsor's membership number on hand to access and submit an application. Visit www.gastro.org or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.



The objective of this award is to stimulate interest in gastroenterology/hepatology research careers by providing funds to high school, undergraduate, graduate, or medical students or residents (residents up to year three postgraduate) for travel and related expenses to attend the DDW. The top ranked abstract will be selected as Abstract of the Year and the recipient will receive a $1,000 prize.



  • Candidates for this award must be a high school, undergraduate, graduate or medical student or medical resident (up to and including postgraduate year three) at an institution in North America who has performed original research related to diseases, structure or functioning of the digestive system.
  • Post-doctoral fellows, technicians, visiting scientists and MD research fellows are not eligible for this award.
  • High school, undergraduate, graduate or medical students, or medical residents outside North America are ineligible for this award.
  • Applicants must be the first author of an abstract or the designated speaker of an oral presentation accepted by the AGA for presentation at DDW.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • Applicants may only submit one abstract for consideration.
  • Abstracts must have been submitted to and accepted by the AGA
  • Evidence of abstract/presentation acceptance to DDW must be presented at the time of application submission.
  • The award recipient must present the abstract/oral session. No exceptions are allowed.
  • Funds may be used offset travel costs and related expenses to attend DDW conference. Indirect costs are not allowed.
  • Applicants must have a sponsor who is an AGA member in good standing at the time of application submission. Please visit www.gastro.org or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.



Applicants who have received a similar travel award to attend DDW using the same abstract submitted to AGA will be ineligible for consideration. 



Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, applicant’s credentials, innovation, approach, evidence of institutional commitment, and relevance to AGA’s mission.



A selection committee comprising members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipients. Funding will commence July 2018.



The application deadline is Feb. 16, 2018. Applications must be submitted through the AGA Grants Management System, accessible at http://www.gastro.org/research-funding. Application materials will not be accepted via mail, fax, or email. Select the “Apply Now” button to create an account and/or submit an application. Please direct all questions to the AGA Awards Program at awards@gastro.org.

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