The ASCI Council Young Physician-Scientist Awards (YPSA) recognize physician-scientists who are early in their first faculty appointment and have made notable achievements in their research. With these awards, the ASCI seeks to encourage and inspire early-career physician-scientists through participation in the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting, and virtual community activities throughout the year.

These awards recognize up to 50 physician-scientists annually who are within 1-5 years of their first faculty appointment and have made notable achievements in their research.

Nominations are closed for the 2024 YPSAs, and will open in early-fall 2024 for the 2025 YPSAs.

An eligible YPSA nominee:

  • has an MD or equivalent degree
  • possesses a K08 or equivalent Career Development Award
  • is within 1-5 years of their first faculty appointment (this timeframe is flexible, taking into account extenuating circumstances)
  • does not yet have an R01 or equivalent award (though one may have a favorable score on an R01 or equivalent, just no NOA at the time of nomination) – DP5 recipients are not excluded

The typical YPSA recipient:

  • demonstrates consistent productivity through first and/or last author publications that have built an exciting body of work
  • has extramural grants and awards, including NIH K08 or equivalent career awards
  • is active in and beyond their academic communities, and have demonstrated leadership and collaboration within their specialty and the greater scientific community

Early-Career Award nomination process:

  • Early-Career Award nomination cycles are annual and typically begin in late summer/early fall.
  • YPSAs are nominated by an ASCI member – this individual does not have to be from the nominee’s institution. The searchable ASCI Directory is linked here (one may search by institution, specialty, etc.).

Award Benefits include:

  • Complementary registration to the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
  • A $500 honorarium meant to offset the travel expenses associated with the Joint Meeting
  • Access to 2 years of Early-Career Award programming detailed here:

Joint Meeting In-Person Programming and Events

In addition to AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting program access, Early-Career Awardees are invited to participate in the following activities at the Joint Meeting:

  • Leadership Development Workshop on Networking led by Rangaraj Ramanujam, PhD, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Early-Career Award Reception
  • Small Group Dinners (multidisciplinary/multi-career stage/multi-institution groups)
  • ASCI Dinner and New Member Induction Ceremony
  • Food & Science Evening – awardees may present a poster during this celebration of the intersection of fine cuisine and science

Virtual Programming

  • ASCI Committee Consulting Membership – 2-year commitment, limited availability
  • Virtual Leadership Development Workshops led by Rangaraj Ramanujam, PhD, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Focus Groups to inform the direction of early-career programming
  • Physician-Scientist Pathway Series – exemplary ASCI members engage in informal discussion about the personal and scientific experiences that got them to where they are today
  • Scientific Sessions – a monthly spotlight on distinguished investigators and their contributions to the field of biomedical research
  • Virtual Poster Sessions with fellow awardees and ASCI members
  • Summer Discussion Series with a panel of ASCI members experienced in relevant to topics such as “Insights on Funding,” “Publishing,” and “Running a Research Program”
  • Peer Review Groups to discuss with and advise peers on upcoming grant and publication submissions
  • Presidential Office Hours with past, present, and future ASCI Presidents, during which they answer questions about the physician-scientist career path


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Award Recipients


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2024


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2023


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2022


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2021


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2020


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2019


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2018


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2017


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2016


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2015


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2014


ASCI / Young Physician-Scientist Awards, 2013