AWS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Conference Award

This new award program will sponsor 16 medical students and residents to attend the AWS Annual Conference. Each society will co-sponsor with AWS four (4) attendees. Since the AWS conference this year is virtual, each award will cover the entire cost of registration to attend AWS’s two-day virtual conference on September 12 and October 3.

AWS is proud to sponsor the DEI Conference Award program in partnership with the following organizations: 


Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS)

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS)

Latino Surgical Society (LSS)

Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)


  • Demonstrated interest in a career in surgery or surgical specialty.
  • Demonstrated alignment with the missions of AWS and the partnering organization(s).
  • Applicants in good standing in their program.
  • Must be either a medical student at a United States based medical school or a resident/fellow.   
  • Current medical student and resident/fellow at the time of the conference.
  • Scholarship winners agree to apply for membership for AWS and the partner organization, if not already a member.

Each society may have additional requirements related to their respective organizations. Please contact the individual organizations SBAS, LSS, AAS, SAAS representatives for more information.

Application Process:
Complete the online form below by 12:00pm ET on Friday August 28, 2020. No late applications will be considered. For any questions, contact