American Society of Hematology

Visitor Training Program FAQs

How do I apply?

All VTP applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal.

Do I need to be an ASH member to apply?

No, applicants do not need to be members of ASH to apply. The application includes information on eligibility requirements.

Can ASH help me find a mentor?

Applicants may request assistance with identifying a mentor. To request assistance, applicants must submit a Mentor Request Form. Instructions for submitting the Mentor Request Form are included in the online application portal. Please note that ASH can only make recommendations for a mentor; we cannot guarantee placement with a mentor.

ASH also strongly recommends that applicants try to find their own mentors and use the Mentor Request Form only as a final option. Applicants who connect with a mentor on their own submit more competitive applications and have a higher chance of implementation.

Tips for finding a mentor:

  • Research experts in your field via Google, authors on scientific papers (including Blood), the ASH Annual Meeting program (available on the ASH website), etc.
  • Consider mentors located in countries in your region, or in your own country, who could provide training that may be more applicable at your institution.

Does my mentor need to be an ASH member?

Program mentors must be ASH members in good standing on the day the application is due.

Does the program mentor need to be located in the United States?

No. Program mentors may be located anywhere in the world; the only requirement is that the mentor be a member of ASH.

Is there a list of host mentors?

To protect the privacy of our members, ASH does not publicize or share the names of potential mentors. Applicants who submit the optional Mentor Request Form may be matched with potential mentors who have indicated that they work in the same area of hematology and are willing to serve as a mentor. Because the mentors are volunteers, ASH cannot guarantee placement with a mentor.

What should I include in my budget?

Instructions for preparing the budget are included in the application. You may want to ask your mentor for advice and budget parameters for living in their city, or use an online budget calculator.

I do not need assistance identifying a mentor. Do I still need to submit a Mentor Request Form?

No, the Mentor Request Form is optional.

How does ASH determine which countries are developing?

ASH uses the criteria set by the World Bank. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

When is the deadline?

The deadline to submit an application is listed on the VTP webpage.

Can I pursue my own research project under this program?

Individual research projects will not be considered. Applicants must demonstrate that their topic will benefit their home institution and that the home institution has the infrastructure to implement the training.

I am not a hematologist. Can I still apply?

Applicants do not need to be hematologists to apply. However, the training topic proposed must be related to hematology. Applicants may be physicians or laboratory scientists at any stage in their career, but must be employed in a permanent position at their institution.

What should I include in my training proposal?

Training proposals should include a clear statement of the proposed topic, specific details for the training program, and should explain the need for the training. Topics should be focused and related to hematology. Applicants must also demonstrate how the training will benefit their home institution and include a detailed plan for implementation.

When will I receive a response about my application?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application in mid-to-late July.

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