Annual Meeting Scholarships

Each year, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) is proud to offer Annual Meeting Scholarships to Residents, Fellows and active duty military surgeons. These $1,200 scholarships are intended to support travel and registration expenses to attend the Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery as well as the Annual Meeting of the ASSH.

New! In 2018, the top scored pediatric/congenital abstract submission accepted for podium presentation will receive the Adrian E. Flatt Award, a special $1,200 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.

Information about other special scholarships, including the Daniel C. Riordan Award and the Vincent R. Hentz Scholarship, can be found below.  


  • Resident and fellow applicants must be in North America
  • Resident and fellow applicants must be an ASSH Candidate Resident/Fellow or must have submitted an application for ASSH Candidate Membership at the time of acceptance.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you have received a scholarship in previous years.
  • Military applicants must be active duty at the time of application and for the duration of the ASSH Annual Meeting.

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. 

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
    • CV
    • A letter of support from your Program Director, Department Head, Directorate of Surgery, Executive or Commanding Officer that confirms (1) there is no other institutional funding for you to attend and (2) that you will be allowed to attend the entire annual meeting

Requirements Upon Acceptance

All scholarship recipients are required to:

    • Attend the scientific sessions, and cannot participate in social tours/events when CME programming is taking place
    • Submit appropriate receipts for transportation, lodging, and registration.  Up to $1,200 in covered expenses will be reimbursed (max amount of award).

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


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

Deadline has passed.

Provide your Support for the Scholarship Program.

You can help us continue to support the education of trainees and military surgeons by making a donation through the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand. Direct your gift to the Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship Program.

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