Annual Meeting Scholarships

Each year, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) is proud to offer Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarships to Residents*, Fellows* and active duty military surgeons^. 

Applicants will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to support travel-related expenses to attend the Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery as well as the Annual Meeting of the ASSH. This scholarship is designed to help cover travel expenses as well as meeting registration fees.   All scholarship recipients are required to attend the scientific sessions and cannot participate in social tours/events when CME programming is taking place.

New! In 2018, the top scored pediatric/congenital abstract submission accepted for podium presentation will receive a special scholarship in honor of Dr. Flatt.  Dr. Flatt passed away in 2017 and will long be remembered for his many contributions to the Hand Society.  The AFSH thanks William H. Seitz, Jr., MD for his gift in honor of Dr. Flatt and in support of this new Flatt Scholarship.  

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application, where you will include the following:
    • A brief personal statement addressing your current interest in hand surgery, goals/desires of attending the meeting, plan of incorporating knowledge gained and future interest in hand surgery
    • A letter of endorsement/support and verification of your eligibility for these scholarships from your Program Director, Department Head, Directorate of Surgery, Executive or Commanding Officer indicating you will be allowed to attend the full three-day annual meeting
  • New! All scholarship recipients are required to join the ASSH. If at the time of acceptance you are not a member of the Hand Society, a $75 ASSH Candidate Member application fee will be taken out of your $1,500 award and application instructions will be sent on how to apply.  Learn more about ASSH Candidate Membership.

Contact information (including NPI number) of all scholarship recipients will be shared with corporate supporters after the Annual Meeting.

*Note for Residents and Fellows: Scholarships are intended for North American Resident and Fellow applicants only

^Note for military applicants: The application is open to orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, and other specialty-trained physicians who believe this experience would benefit them, their patients, and military medicine. You must be on active duty at the time of application and for the duration of the ASSH Annual Meeting.


Contact Katherine Ort ([email protected]) or call the ASSH Central Office at 312-880-1900.

Support the Scholarship Program

Make a donation through the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand and direct your gift to the Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship Program.  Donate now.

The deadline to apply for an Annual Meeting scholarship has passed.