The SPARK AWARD is a scholarship program, sponsored by ACAAI, that was begun to help “spark” an interest in residents who might be considering a career in Allergy/Immunology (A/I). The SPARK program annually awards scholarships of $1500  to help cover the expenses for residents to spend three days (Friday ‐ Sunday) at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting.
Recipients of the SPARK AWARD are mentored by an Allergy Fellow in Training (FIT) and have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of sessions covering all aspects of Allergy/Immunology, and interact with training directors and other allergists. Past participants rated this experience as very valuable and a key factor in their decision to choose a career in allergy.

Each year recipients are selected to receive:

  • $1,500 provided to help cover expenses for three days at the ACAAI Annual Meeting. Recipients will attend a wide variety of sessions covering all aspects of A/I, including a special Fellows-in-Training (FIT) symposium. The Annual Meeting is Nov. 10 - 14 in Louisville, KY
  • Mentorship - each SPARK recipient is paired with a FIT to serve as a mentor during the meeting (and beyond).

Who can apply: Spark awards are open to current first-year pediatric and internal medicine residents, as well as first- and second- year med-peds residents. If you are a medical student at Howard, Meharry, Morehouse or Drew please apply here

Applications open: April 1, 2022    PDF icon SPARK PROGRAM Application 2022 Form

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2022