Awards and Prizes

  • Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Award

    Description: This research award will provide $10,000 to support research which explores an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of a physician to deliver health care to women in the general population, or in a specific area. Application deadline: December 14, 2020.

    Application Process:

    Each application must include the following:

    • Application cover sheet
    • Research Proposal (max. 8 pages). No specific format required.
    • One-page budget
    • CV
    • Letter of support from the applicant’s program director, departmental chair, or laboratory director

    Email submissions as PDFs to Jordan Jackson at

    Please note:

    • All applicants must be Junior Fellows or Fellows of the College at the time of application.
    • Grants are made for one calendar year – from July 1 through June 30. A 6-month progress report will be due in January. No more than one (1), no-cost extension may be granted.
    • Grants are not intended to supplement physician stipends; all funds are to be directed to research costs. No amount of funding may be used for travel/food costs or computers and no additional overhead will be paid.
    • A final written report, as well as final expenditure reconciliation is required by September 1 after the grant concludes.
    • Any paper developed as a result of this award shall first be submitted to Obstetrics & Gynecology for consideration for publication. In addition, recognition shall be given to the award’s support of this research.

    ACOG Contact: Jordan Jackson at
  • Honorary Fellowship Award

    Description: Honorary Fellowship may be bestowed upon an individual of outstanding achievement in the field of obstetrics and gynecology or in an allied discipline that affects women’s health and the specialty. Recipients shall be presented with the award at the ACOG Annual Convocation Ceremony during the Annual Meeting. Honorary Fellows receive ACOG Membership Benefits, such as access to the member-only side of the website, and a subscription to Obstetrics & Gynecology (The Green Journal).

    Recipients also receive round-trip coach class airfare to the ACOG Annual Meeting, complimentary registration, three nights hotel accommodation, and an invitation to the International Guests Reception. The recipient shall be presented with the award at the ACOG Annual Convocation Ceremony.

    Criteria for consideration:

    • Must be an individual of outstanding achievement in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, or in an allied discipline, for any country
    • Must have obtained national and international recognition (achieved distinction and recognized for a leadership position by being elected president or a senior officer of a national or international obstetrical and gynecological society or organization)
    • May be an editor of a major international journal in obstetrics and gynecology
    • May be involved in international public service (may have achieved a major leadership position in international organizations that relate to obstetrics and gynecology, such as the World Health Organization or the United Nations)
    • May be a non-ob-gyn who has distinguished himself or herself in the international arena in an area that affects women’s health and the specialty
    • Should have a relationship with U.S activities involving women’s health care
    • ACOG Members are ineligible for Honorary Fellowship

    Application Process: Nominations for the award are open to exemplary individuals who meet the above criteria. Any ACOG Fellow or Junior Fellow in good standing may nominate an individual for this award. The application is online and must be submitted for review by the Executive Committee of the Executive Board on or before June 1. The Executive Committee will review the nominations and approve Honorary Fellowship in their capacity as representatives of the Executive Board. Please see application for more information.

    ACOG Contact: Office of the CEO at or (202) 863-2500

  • Martin-Peterson Award

    Description: The Martin-Peterson Global Health Award recognizes an obstetrician-gynecologist from a low- or middle-income country with outstanding ability who is in practice anywhere in the world under the supervision of a formal hospital or university program. The purpose is to expose the recipient to ACOG and all its resources. Building bridges between ACOG and ob-gyns throughout the world community at an early stage in their careers will likely be beneficial both to ACOG and to the Award recipient over their lifetimes.

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  • CREOG National Faculty Award

    Description: CREOG invites you to recognize contributions of faculty for excellence in teaching residents by nominating them for the 2019 National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education. Each residency program can recognize one member of their faculty annually for excellence in resident education.

    The recipient will receive a certificate honoring them as the recipient of the CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

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  • CREOG Empower Award

    Description: The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) provides quality educational programs to motivate Program Directors, Managers, faculty and residents to become the next generation of leaders and innovators. To sustain relevance and support innovation, CREOG has established a fundraising vehicle called the CREOG Empower Fund (donations may be made at CREOG Empower Page).

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  • Mentor Award

    Description: The ACOG Mentor Award, established on May 5, 2009, is given to an ACOG Fellow, who has actively mentored a Young Physician or a Junior Fellow. The award requires a nomination by a Young Physician or a Junior Fellow.The winners will be acknowledged during the Junior Fellow Breakfast/Business Meeting at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, will receive a certificate, and will be publicized on various ACOG digital channels.

    Application Process:The nomination form must be submitted by March 1 each year. Any ACOG Fellow, including academic faculty who has actively mentored a Young Physician, Junior Fellow, or group of such persons as they begin post-residency practice is eligible for nomination. If the mentor award nominee was previously selected as a mentor award winner, the nominee will not be eligible to receive the award a second time. Young Physicians who meets ACOG Young Physician criteria or Junior Fellows (or group of such persons) may nominate no more than one mentor. In order to nominate a mentor the Young Physican or Junior Fellow must submit the Mentor Recognition Award Nomination form.

    2019 Recipients

    • District II: Rinki G. Agarwal, MD; Linus T. Chuang, MD, MPH; Rachel Flink-Bochacki, MD; Amy Harrington, MD; D. Yi-Shin Kuo, MD
    • District IV: Alberto B. De La Vega, MD; Linda Duska, MD; Siva S. Thiagarajah, MD
    • District V: Stephen Bacak, DO; Paul J. Corsi, MD; Jonathan A. Schaffir, MD
    • District VI: Cynthia A. Brincat, MD; Xavier F. Pombar, DO; Steven W. Remmenga, MD
    • District VII: James Bofill, MD; Lisa M. Landrum, MD; John M. Straughn, Jr., MD; Lindsey E. Sward, MD
    • District VIII: Ali Azadi, MD; Alyssa Stephenson Famy, MD; Henry L. Galan, MD; Maria A. Gaspar-Oishi, MD; M. Camille Hoffman, MD; Brian C. MacArthur, MD; Alethia E. Morgan, MD; Emily J. Su, MD
    • District IX: Arij Faksh, DO; Bahareh M. Nejad, MD
    • District X (AFD): Shad Deering, MD; Barton C. Staat, MD
    • District XI: Irene A. Stafford, MD
    • District XII: Jorge J. Garcia, MD

    2018 Recipients

    • District I: Sarah Little, MD, MPH
    • District II: Krystal Foree, MD; Dara Shalom, MD
    • District III: Joseph J. Carter, Jr., MD; Thomas Magliaro, MD; Fatima Naqvi, MD
    • District IV: Ngozi Anachebe, MD; Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan, MD; Sarah Gore, DO; Fidel Santos-Santos, MD
    • District V: Mary South, MD
    • District VI: Stephanie K. Dahl, MD; Maura Quinlan, MD
    • District VII: Rajiv Gala, MD; Roberto Gonzalez Habib, MD; Colleen McNicholas, DO, MSCI; Florencia Polite, MD; Lieschen H. Quiroz, MD
    • District VIII: Meghan Donnelly, MD; Bliss Kaneshiro, MD; Nichole Mahnert, MD; Julie Scott, MD; Reni Soon, MD, MPH
    • District IX: Mon-Lai Cheung, MD; Joshua Cohen, MD; Veronique Tache, MD
    • District XI: Joseph Pallone, MD; Jennifer Knudtson, MD
    • District XII: Karen E. Harris, MD, MPH

    ACOG Contact:Wanda Proctor at or (202) 314-2344.

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  • International Service Award

    Description:  The International Service Award for Maternal Health, Empowerment, and Gender Equality serves to recognize and extend sincere gratitude to an ACOG Fellow who has worked for the betterment of maternal and child health, women’s empowerment, and gender equality in an international setting (outside the continental U.S.). Nominations for this award must be for an ACOG Fellow who is in good standing and who has demonstrated service to a vulnerable or at-risk population in an international setting.

    ACOG Past Presidents, current ACOG Executive Board members, current Global Operations Advisory Group members, and those who have previously received any award for their service at the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting are ineligible for the award. The award is not to be given as a recognition of activities related to service to ACOG or activities that are based on support of the specialty in legislative or regulatory decisions.

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  • Medical Student Recruitment Award

    Description: ACOG’s department of Medical Student Affairs recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary initiative and dedication to medical student recruitment activities.  
    Nominations should be active ACOG Fellows or Junior Fellows* (any level) in good standing. As part of the award, the award recipient will be funded up to $1,500.00 to attend and accept the award at the Medical Student Reception during the Annual Meeting. 
    We ask that all nominees, if selected, be able to attend the reception and collect their award in person. The 2020 Award will be presented on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
    *Medical Students are not eligible for this award. 
    Application Process: Submit a letter of nominationto Katherine Miller at by February 7,2020.

    To nominate an individual, please email the following elements:  

    1. Individual’s Name 
    2. Current Practice/Institution  
    3. ACOG District and Section 
    4. National/District/Section leadership role (if any) 
    5. Description of the individual’s leadership in the area of medical student recruitment. Include a statement of why the individual is the most deserving to receive this award.  

    Details of specific initiatives, activities, or other approaches the individual has developed or fostered to promote medical student interest in ob-gyn and ACOG are encouraged.

    Past Recipients

    2019: Meg O'Reilly, MD

    2018: Laura Mercer, MD 

    ACOG Contact: Katherine Miller at or (202) 863-2532

  • Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award

    Description: This award is presented by the Council of District Chairs to honor a Fellow who has dedicated their life to women’s health in a significant way. The honoree will receive a monetary reward (can vary) and be presented with an award in the year following the nomination during the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting Convocation. 

    *Awards cannot be given to an ACOG Past President Or current ACOG Executive Board members.

    Application Process:Submit your nomination to your District Chair by April 1.  Only one nominee per District. 

    2019 Recipient: Ralph W. Hale, MD

    ACOG Contact:Linda Kinnane at or (202) 314-2332.

  • Pete and Weesie Hollis Community Service Award

    Description: The ACOG Community Service Award (formerly the President’s Community Service Award) was established by then President Richard Hollis and funded by Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical Company, now Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award was an outgrowth of Dr. Hollis’ presidential theme of caring for patients. Dr. Hollis felt strongly that many of the Fellows of ACOG gave hours of care and support within their community to underserved or poorly served patient populations, often with little or no remuneration or recognition.

    A nominee for the ACOG Community Service Award should be currently or recently actively involved in a community program which is designed to help underserved or poorly served patient populations within the geographical confines of the District. Examples would include such activities as establishment of, or service in, a free clinic; development of a program to give health care services to the underserved; work to support health care for underserved or poorly served community groups; and similar activities. The award is not to be given as a recognition of activities related to service to ACOG or activities that are based on support of the specialty in legislative or regulatory decisions. Recipients of the ACOG Community Service Award will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus complimentary registration to the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting when the award is presented.

    Application Process: Please send your nomination, including the name and description of activities to Linda Kinnane by April 1.

    2019 Recipient: Lisa C. Flowers, MD, Director of Colposcopy Services, Grady Cancer Center of Excellence, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

    ACOG Contact:Linda Kinnane at or (202) 314-2332.

  • William H.J. Haffner American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Award

    Description:This award recognizes any obstetrician, gynecologist or health care professional who has made major contributions to the health care of American Indian or Alaska Native women. The recipient’s registration fee will be waived, and up to four nights of hotel (room and tax), per diem, and standard coach airfare will be covered by ACOG. The recipient will be honored at the American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health 50th Anniversary reception during the Annual Meeting. 

    *Restrictions: Members of the American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health committee/consultant team are not eligible for the award, but may nominate eligible individuals. 

    Application Process: Nominations are solicited through the Indian health care system.

    Previous Recipients:

    2019: Rachel Locker, MD

    2018: Glen Kishi, MD

    ACOG Contact:Yvonne Malloy at or at (202) 863-2580.

  • Roy M. Pitkin Award

    Description: Established in 1998, the Roy M. Pitkin award consists of a $5,000 unrestricted grant presented to four departments of obstetrics and gynecology that published an outstanding article in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year.

    Application Process: There is no application process for the Roy M. Pitkin Award. Each editor independently selects articles from all those published during the past year. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviews and ranks those articles based on scientific merit, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, writing style, and importance to the specialty.

    ACOG Contact: Stephanie Dean at or at (202) 863-2406

  • Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper

    Description: Established in 2008, the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award consists of a $2,000 unrestricted grant presented to a non-U.S. researcher who published an outstanding article in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year. 

    Application Process: There is no application process for the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper. Each editor independently selects articles from all those published during the past year. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviews and ranks those articles based on scientific merit, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, writing style, and importance to the specialty.

    ACOG Contact: Stephanie Dean at or at (202) 863-2406 

  • Film Festival

    Description: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program.

    Application Process: Films must be submitted electronically.

    ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz at

  • Blue Ribbon Prizes

    Description: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program, after each abstract is blind reviewed by three different reviewers.

    Application Process: Abstract for ePosters must be submitted electronically. 
    ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz at

  • Oral Abstract Prize

    Description: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program, after each abstract is blind reviewed by three different reviewers.

    Application Process: Abstract for oral paper presentations must be submitted electronically.

    ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz at

  • Distinguished Service Award

    Description:Fellows, non-Fellow physicians, and non-physicians may be eligible for this award. Applicants should be an individual located within the geographic confines of the College or who is a member of the College. Additionally, applicants musthave made important contributions to the College and/or the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology in government, research, teaching, or direct patient care. Applicants may include individuals in maternal and child health, including non-physicians. The recipient will receive complimentary registration to attend the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting and be presented with the award at the ACOG Annual Convocation Ceremony.

    *ACOG Past Presidents and current ACOG Executive Board members are ineligible to receive this award.

    Application Process: Any ACOG Fellow or Junior Fellow in good standing may nominate an individual for this award. Applications are due by June 1. The winner will be chosen by the Executive Committee of the Executive Board.
    2017 Winner: James R. Scott, MD

    ACOG Contact: Office of the CEO at or (202) 863-2500.

  • Council of District Chairs (CDC) Service Recognition Award

    Description:Established in 1971, this is an annual award to be presented for the outstanding District or Section activity. The winning District will receive a cash prize and a certificate which will be presented during the Congress Advisory Council (CAC) Forum at the Annual Clinical and Scientific meeting. 

    Application Process: The procedures for the selection of the outstanding activity of a section, district or a collaborative activity are as

    1. Notice is sent to all section and district chairs reminding them of the need to submit, prior to their districts’ annual fall meetings, their reports of the single most outstanding activity carried out by Fellows of the College in their section or district, including collaborative projects during the preceding twelve months, which they wish to have considered for the award.
    2. Prior to the district’s annual fall meetings, each section or district chair shall complete an accurate report of the activity of the section or district that is believed to be the most outstanding. This report shall be comprehensive, but concise. If an award is being sought for a collaborative project among sections or districts, only one report should be prepared. The report should be prepared by the designee of the collaborators and reviewed for accuracy by each District chair whose district or section(s) within the district are involved. In the case of a collaborative project involving more than one District, only that submission should be submitted by the District’s involved.
    3. Each district chair shall either review these reports personally or refer them to a committee for review. Selection of the most outstanding section or district or collaborative activity will be forwarded to the Department of District and Section Activities no later than November 30, so the entries can be distributed to the council of District chairs before their February meeting.
    4. Copies of each district’s nomination, or collaborative projects, shall be prepared and distributed by the Department of District and Section Activities to all district chairs before the February meeting of the Executive Board.
    5. The district chairs shall discuss and vote during the February CDC meeting to select the most outstanding entry, and prepare a report to Executive Board conveying the information about the competition and the selection made.
    6. The Department of District and Section Activities will budget $10,000 each year for the winning award(s). The CDC will determine the number of winning districts or sections, and how the funds will be distributed. One representative from the winning district(s)/section(s) will be asked to attend the Congress Advisory Council (CAC) meeting at the next Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM), to be recognized at the Awards portion of the program and” may be asked” to make a short presentation of the project. One representative from each awarded project can be funded to the ACM (up to $1,000) from the monetary award distributed to their district/section.

    ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at or (202) 314-2332

  • The Pat Miller Junior Fellow Initiative Tool kit Award (J-FIT)

    Description: Submit a tool kit, describing how you initiated a program or project to make a difference in women’s lives. Eligible projects include supply drives, educational sessions, medical student recruitment, and lobby days. One winner will be selected to receive $2,500 to present their tool kit at the Junior Fellow Breakfast/Business Meeting at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. 
    Application Process: Submit your project by November 30.
    ACOG Contact: Wanda Proctor at or at (202) 314-2344

  • ACOG Junior Fellow Essay Contest

     Description: Submit an essay on the yearly topic. One winner will be selected to receive a $100 VISA gift card and the essay will be published in the Green Journal. 
    Application Process: Submit your essay by November 30.

    ACOG Contact: Wanda Proctor at or at (202) 314-2344

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  • Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Award

    Description: The Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Awards Program recognizes an outstanding advocacy project created and implemented by a Junior Fellow involving their institution, local, state, or federal legislation, or political advocacy. The award is conferred at the Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC).
    Award recipients will receive sponsorship of up to $1,000 to one ACOG CLC.


    • Must be based on a health policy objective or Graduate Medical Education requirement and be consistent with ACOG policies and objectives
    • Must have been initiated and carried out by Junior Fellow(s)
    • Must have appropriate support/mentoring from ACOG Fellow(s) that can be documented
    • Must be a project or action that is quantifiable
    • Must include Letter of support from one of the following: program director, ACOG District Junior Fellow Advisor, any ACOG JFCAC Member, ACOG District or Section Fellow Chair

    ACOG Contact: Sean Garrity at

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  • State Legislative Advocacy Award

    Description:Begun in 2009 by ACOG’s Government Affairs Committee, this awards program confers two awards annually: The ACOG Accomplishment in State Advocacy Award for “skilled” states demonstrating an impressive legislative achievement and the ACOG Improvement in State Advocacy for “developing” states demonstrating measurable growth in advocacy capacity. The goal is to support and stimulate state level advocacy.

    The Committee accepts nominations from the ACOG State Legislative Chair or regional District Legislative Chair by November 30 each year. Awards are conferred at ACOG’s Congressional Leadership Conference. Recipient States will receive a $1,000 cash award.

    Application Process: The Committee on Government Relations will accept nominations forwarded from the ACOG State or District Legislative Chair. Nominations must be submitted electronically. Nominations must contain the proper documentation, indicate which of the two awards you wish to be considered for, and relate to activities during the current legislative session.


  • Immunization Champion Award

    Description/Criteria: The Immunization Champion Award is intended to recognize ob-gyns who go above and beyond to educate patients and other obstetric care providers as well as increasing access to maternal immunizations in their practice, communities, and/or nationally. Immunization champions are considered leaders in maternal immunization and will be evaluated on their leadership, innovation, collaboration, and educational activities.

    Nominees must be practicing ACOG members. Members can nominate other members or themselves. 

    Application Process: Please complete the nomination application for yourself or the person you are nominating. Contact information for the nominator must be provided in order to be considered. The nomination form must be submitted by February 29, 2020.

    ACOG Contact:Sarah Carroll, MPH at

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  • Ob-GynPAC MVP Award

    Description: Ob-GynPAC, ACOG’s political action committee, is a $1M+ PAC—a feat that could not be accomplished without significant commitment from you, our Fellows and Junior Fellows.

    In 2002, our Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee created the Ob-GynPAC Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to recognize ob-gyn leaders who have, over the previous year, helped build our specialty's power in Congress and the Statehouses through outstanding advocacy and fundraising on behalf of Ob-GynPAC. Winners are recognized at ACOG’s Congressional Leadership Conference.

    Application Process: Send us your nominations at with the subject line "Ob-GynPAC MVP Award Nomination."

    ACOG Contact: Sean Garrity at

District and Section Awards

  • Alabama Legends in Obstetrics and Gynecology

    In 2009 the Advisory Council of the Alabama Section resolved to formally recognize a group of physicians who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology in the state of Alabama. Individuals are nominated by members of the Section and one physician is selected each year by the Advisory Council. This recognition is presented at the Annual Spring Meeting.

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  • Mississippi Legends in Obstetrics and Gynecology

    In 2012 the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Section ACOG resolved to formally recognize a group of physicians who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology in the state of Mississippi. Individuals are nominated by members of the Section and one physician is selected each year by the Advisory Council. This recognition is presented at the Annual Spring Meeting.

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  • Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award

    Two Junior Fellows receive this award for the two best scientific papers, chosen by a committee from the District submissions. Each District is allowed to choose only one paper from their District to submit for this award to be considered as one of the National winners. The two award recipients will each receive a $2,000 stipend to cover their hotel and travel expenses to the Annual Meeting, and a special certificate that will be presented at the Annual Meeting. In addition, ACOG will cover the Annual Meeting registration fee.

    Application Process: The District Chair or their designee must send the paper as a Microsoft Word document immediately following the District meeting or no later than November 30.
    ACOG Contact:Wanda Proctor at or at (202) 314-2344

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  • Edward Zimmerman Award

    Description: The Edward Zimmermann Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology to the Army Section.

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  • AFD Junior Fellow Educational Fund

    The Junior Fellow Education Fund was established to support expenses incurred by AFD’s Junior Fellows to the Annual District Meeting. Applications are accepted in the summer.

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  • AFD Professor of the Year Award

    The Armed Forces District Professor of the Year award is presented annually by Junior Fellows to a Fellow who has contributed greatly to their success in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

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  • Burch Award

    District VII

    This award, open to District VII Junior Fellows, provides up to $1,500 to attend the ACOG Annual meeting and publication of the winning essay in the District VII newsletter and on the District VII website.

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  • John Gibbons Medical Student Award

    The John Gibbons Award honors medical students with a passion and dedication to women’s health care and advocacy. It provides the student with financial compensation to assist with travel and accommodations during the Annual District Meeting.

  • The Creighton L. Edwards, MD, Award in Compassionate Care

    The Creighton L. Edwards, MD, Award in Compassionate Care honors a Texas ob-gyn resident in training (PGY2-PGY4) who has shown an outstanding ability to communicate compassion, empathy, and respect for patients while providing superior medical care. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to continued education, surgical skills, and medical knowledge. While maintaining academic excellence, the winner should also exhibit a willingness to encourage and cultivate these valued talents and skills in their colleagues, coworkers, and students.

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  • Outstanding District Service Award

    Description:This award honors Fellows that have performed outstanding or unique services at the District level. Honorees will receive a certificate and appropriate recognition during the Convocation at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. The CDC members will announce the nominees at the November CDC Retreat.

    Application Process: The individual District Advisory Councils at their Interim meetings shall initiate nominations for this award and shall finalize the decision at their Annual District meeting. Names of the nominees shall be forwarded, with supporting information to the Department of District and Section Activities, Linda Kinnane at by October 15.

    The award should not be given to an ACOG Past President as the President is the highest award and greatest recognition that a Fellow can receive. Current ACOG Executive Board members are ineligible to receive this award. The names of the approved candidates shall be presented to the Executive Board.

    The Executive Board, after approval, shall forward the nominations to the Committee on Honors and Recognitions for coordination and implementation. An appropriate certificate shall be prepared for the recipients who are selected. The certificate shall be presented at the following ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting, during the Convocation, with the recipients attired in academic cap and gown.

    “The concept of this Award is to honor a Fellow who has sufficiently contributed at the District level to receive national ACOG recognition. It is not the intent to present the Award to every individual who has made contributions to the District; such recognition more appropriately comes from the District. Similarly, outstanding service at the national level of ACOG is recognized by other means. To maintain the prestige and honor of the ACOG Outstanding District Service Award, the nominees should have provided truly unique service to the district and, therefore, each district would present a nominee infrequently.”

    ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at or (202) 314-2332

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  • District II Martin L. Stone, MD Scientific Poster Session Award
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  • District II Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD Junior Fellow Research Day Oral Presentation Award
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  • District II Junior Fellow Professor of the Year Award
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  • District II Saad Khalil Junior Fellow Quality Improvement Poster Challenge
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  • District VII Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) Sponsorship

    Open to all members in District VII. Each Section selects at least five individuals to be fully funded to attend the CLC in March.


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  • District VII Hollis Fellow Award

    Hollis Fellows are selected in rotation from three Sections within District VII annually. Section Chairs are charged with making the selection of the Hollis Fellow from within their Section by the end of May. Award Recipients receive up to $1,500 for expenses incurred to attend the Annual District Meeting plus coach airfare. Registration fees for the Annual District Meeting are paid by District VII.

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  • District VIII Merit Award

    This award may be bestowed upon any Section demonstrating outstanding Section activity not recognized by a CDC Service Recognition award.

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  • District VIII Prize Paper Award

    This award is bestowed upon the Junior Fellow author of the abstract selected for oral presentation at the Annual District Meeting.

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  • District VIII Service Award

    This award, following the general guidelines of the National ACOG Service Award, may be bestowed upon any individual for outstanding service to the District.

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  • Robert A. Ross Award

    Description: The Robert A. Ross Award is given annually to recognize significant, ongoing contributions to the Navy Section.

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  • District II Adopt a Junior Fellow Mentor Award

    Awarded to District II Fellows who have mentored District Junior Fellows.

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  • District IX Medical Student Essay Contest

    Each year District IX seeks original essays based on your own experiences and ideas about why you are interested in the ob-gyn specialty. This essay contest is open to medical students in California only. Previous winners are not eligible, however you may submit an essay if you have entered before but did not win.

    Winners will be awarded sponsorship to attend ACOG’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

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  • District XII Medical Student Interest Group Funding

    Each spring, District XII will contact Florida medical schools and ask that they select two medical students from their program who have shown outstanding achievement. The medical students will be presented with a District XII Medical Student Award certificate and a cash prize.

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  • District XII Annual Medical Student Award

    Each spring, District XII will contact the seven medical schools in Florida and ask that they select two medical students from their program who have shown outstanding achievement. These medical students will be presented with a District XII Medical Student Award certificate and a cash prize. Our hope is that these awards will stimulate interest in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and encourage young medical students continue on to earn their medical degree.

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Fellowships, Scholarships, and Programs

  • Ob-Gyn Reporter Program

    Description: Awarded Residents attend a myriad of activities during their attendance at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting beginning with a welcome lunch on Saturday with the JFCAC and international residents. Other items on their agenda including attending Junior Fellow Day presentations, three-hour postgraduate courses, Lunch with the Experts roundtable sessions, colloquia presentations, and clinical seminars. They are also invited to attend the ACOG welcome reception and convocation. In return, Junior Fellows are asked to inform their peers about the event and their experiences.

    Application Process: Interested candidates should notify their District Chair of their interest by January 31. There is no formal application process. District Chairs receive a letter of invitation on December 1 and the deadline for resident name submission is February 2. Residents are notified February 15-20.

    ACOG Contact:

    Wanda Proctor at

  • Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship

    Description: The Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship fosters a new generation of physicians to influence the future of health care. The Fellowship was founded in 2009 by past ACOG President, Thomas Gellhaus, MD, a powerful advocate for ACOG's advocacy activities. Senior residents develop their advocacy skills and participate in the political and policy making process in Washington, DC, as a part of ACOG’s Government Affairs Team. Residents completing this fellowship, many for their resident elective, gain substantial expertise in the federal legislative and regulatory processes.


    • Motivated resident in ob-gyn interested in legislative advocacy
    • Support from Residency Program for an elective month rotation
    • Letter of recommendation from an ACOG Fellow

    Applications for August 2020-July 31, 2021 academic year are now open!

    Application Process: One resident is selected for the National sponsorship each year, while two others are selected by their Districts each year on a rotating basis. Applications for the National sponsorship are due March 20.

    ACOG Contact: Michela Masson at or (202) 863-2566.


  • McCain Advocacy Fellowship

    Description: The John McCain Fellowship provides ACOG Fellows firsthand exposure in Washington, DC, to policy development and the legislative process in the federal government. Each District sponsors a Fellow on a rotating schedule, allowing two Districts per year to participate.

    McCain Fellows meet with lawmakers and staff; attend legislative hearings on issues of interest to the specialty; interact with officials of regulatory agencies; and meetings with representatives of medical groups and other allied organizations. District IV founded the Fellowship in 1981 in memory of Dr. John McCain, a strong advocate for ACOG’s Government Affairs program.

    ACOG Contact: Michela Masson at or (202) 863-2566

  • JSOG Exchange

    Description: ACOG and JSOG (Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology) participate in an annual exchange of leaders and young physicians to share ideas and broaden the education of the future leaders of the specialty. Members raise awareness of women’s health care, learn about the environments in which their peers practice, and increase collegiality among ACOG and JSOG. Even and odd numbered Districts will rotate selecting one third or fourth-year Junior Fellow Resident of ACOG every other year.

    Application Process: Each District may develop their own process for selection. Contact your District Manager for details.

    ACOG Contact: Jennifer Ingalls at or (202) 863-2501

  • Robert C. Cefalo Leadership Institute

    Description: Talented ob-gyns are needed to create the future for ACOG and its over 58,000 members. However, leading a transformation in women's health care requires more than a thorough knowledge of medicine and a honed bedside manner. It requires an understanding of transformation and change in the context of understanding oneself and others. Physicians who aspire to be leaders need to understand the critical issues of cost-effective care and using epidemiological evidence to guide policy recommendations. Increasingly, physician leaders are looked to as translators of complex scientific findings into simple, understandable language for the media and other physicians. Transform your leadership skills at ACOG’s Cefalo National Leadership Institute—a program with demonstrated impact.

    ACOG Contact: Donna Kovacheva at or at 202-863-2539

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  • The Massingill Family Scholarship

    Description: This scholarship will support one annual attendee to the Robert C. Cefalo Leadership Institute, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Robert C. Cefalo Leadership Institute provides invaluable training on how to build a team, break down complex issues for the public, and how to speak with the media. This scholarship is open to ACOG member physicians who have been practicing one to eight years and can demonstrate an interest in family planning and advocacy. 

    Application Process: Application, curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation are required. Due November 1.

    ACOG Contact: Kathleen Kenny at

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  • ACOG History Fellowship

    Description: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists sponsors one $5,000 Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology. The recipient of the fellowship spends the equivalent of one month (140 hours) during the award year in the Washington DC area working to complete their specific historical research project. Although the fellowship is based in the College's Resource Center, the Fellow is encouraged to use other national, historical, and medical collections in the Washington DC metropolitan area to supplement research done in the Resource Center and Special Collections.

    Applications and further information about the fellowship can be obtained by contacting:

    Special Collections Librarian
    Resource Center
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    409 Twelfth Street, SW
    Washington DC 20024-2588
    (202) 863-2518, (202) 484-1595 (fax)

External Awards and Opportunities

  • NVA Invites Medical Research Proposals

    Description: The NVA is seeking research proposals on the causes and treatment of vulvodynia. We are especially interested in studies that may shed light on underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.

    Most NVA grants are $30,000 but the maximum amount of this grant is $40,000. We require confirmation that all funds will be applied to direct research costs, not institutional costs. If you've previously applied and/or received grant support from the NVA, you are still eligible to apply. Summaries of studies that NVA has funded to date can be viewed on NVA's website.
    We welcome correspondence about potential projects. To discuss your proposal, please contact Phyllis Mate at

    Application Process: If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Phyllis Mate ( by Friday, September 13, 2019 that includes a brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of your proposed study's design and objectives. Once we have received this information, we will email you a full application to complete and submit by Monday, December 2, 2019.

  • Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship: $5,000 to 3rd year students who have shown leadership efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities.

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  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

    The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society offers student essay awards and student research fellowships. The student research fellowships are comprised of 50 fellowships that may be awarded annually to students in their first, second, or third year (fourth year students not eligible). Each will provide $4000 to the student for support of the proposed research and $500 to the faculty supervisor in support of the student's project.

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  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

    Each year the makers of Tylenol award  scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care.

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  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    The NIAID provides various grants, programs, and other funding opportunities of interest to ACOG members.

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  • The National Health Service Corps

    This competitive scholarship program is designed for students committed to providing primary health care in communities of greatest need. Scholarship recipients serve where they are most needed upon completion of their training.

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    They also provide a Loan Repayment Program by which fully trained health professionals who are dedicated to working with underserved populations and have qualifying educational loans are eligible to compete for repayment of those loans if they choose to serve in a community of greatest need. In addition to loan repayment, these clinicians receive a competitive salary and a chance to have a significant impact on a community.

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  • New York Academy of Medicine Student Grants

    NYAM administers a national fellowship for medical and dental students in support of a project initiated during the summer between the first and second years of medical or dental school. Up to twenty-five fellowships of approximately $3,500 will be awarded. The Fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of students through projects that couple medicine and dentistry with the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations.

    They also offer the Student Essay Prize in the History of Medicine and Public Health, a contest open to students in accredited professional degree programs in medicine, nursing and public health. Essays should address a topic in the history of public health or medicine as they relate to urban health issues; they may consider social or environmental factors in the health of urban populations, institutional histories, or specific diseases.

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  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Minority Health Program Grants

    Programs include postdoctoral fellowships awarded to individuals, dissertation grants, and institutional training grants related to graduate education in health services-related areas.

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  • Fogarty International Center, Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars

    Description: Fogarty and its NIH partners are continuing efforts to build a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early-career physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country. Support is planned through Fogarty's Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, with awards totaling more than $25.9 million over five years to consortia at six U.S. universities.

    One award supports a new consortium led by Harvard University, together with Boston University, Northwestern University, and University of New Mexico. The remaining awards renew support for consortia led by University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Francisco; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Washington; and Vanderbilt University.

    Application Process: To participate in the program, students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from the U.S. or from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) apply through one of the consortia for placement at an LMIC institution.

    The current iteration of the program is based on the success and experience of Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F). Fogarty's Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars provides a yearlong mentored clinical research experience overseas for postdoctoral fellows and pre-doctoral scholars.

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  • National Library of Medicine Grants

    A resource lists comprised of federal and private grant sources.

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  • Icahn School of Medicine At Mount Sinai, Global Women’s Health Fellowship

    Description: The Global Women's Health Fellowship, part of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a one-year fellowship that tackles the complex issues that shape the sexual and reproductive health of women across the globe.

    Through service, education, and research, our fellowship is designed to help our fellows make significant global health contributions. Trainees work to strengthen and develop health systems around the world, playing a significant role in reducing the health disparities affecting women in developing countries.

    As part of the fellowship you will have a faculty appointment in the department of ob-gyn with clinical responsibilities in addition to your international projects.

    Application Process: To be considered for our fellowship program, you must complete a four-year residency program and be board eligible or board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the start of the program. Your application must include: A completed application form, curriculum vitae, personal statement, three letters of recommendation (including one from the Program Residency Director or Chairman), and official transcript of USMLE results.

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  • The National Academies Fellowship Programs

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  • Health Occupations Students of America Scholarships

    HOSA offers scholarships for several health care fields.

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  • Johns Hopkins Global Women’s Health Fellowship

    Description: The Johns Hopkins Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program is a two-year postgraduate training program addressing critical women’s health issues and sustainable health solutions in low and middle income countries. A partnership between the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Jhpiego, the Johns Hopkins global health affiliate, this interdisciplinary fellowship uniquely pairs an ob-gyn physician with an advanced practice nurse for collaborative inter-professional learning and research.

    This program has a forward-thinking approach to global health that promotes learning and skill development through program implementation and evaluation to address a defined global health need and to enact sustainable improvements in women’s health care. Our goal is to prepare qualified ob-gyns and nurses for leadership positions in global women’s health in order to improve care, education and research for women and their families in the developing world. Thank you for your interest in our program.

    Application Process: Applicants to the Johns Hopkins Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program are asked to submit the following information for consideration:

    • Current CV
    • Three letters of recommendation (including one from your current program director or department chair)
    • A one-page personal statement summarizing prior experience in global and public health and expressing long-term career goals in relation to global health

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  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH Ob-Gyn Global Health Innovations and Leadership Fellowship

    Description: Fellows work collaboratively from multiple specialties, including ob-gyn, emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine. The fellowship seeks to impact resource-limited settings through:

    • Creating high-impact, sustainable solutions to address intractable challenges confronting the poor
    • Educating clinical officers and residents in Africa's first combined residency program in family and emergency medicine
    • Service delivery/health systems development in our Kenyan field site
    • Innovations research on new solutions for uncontrolled postpartum hemorrhage, obstetric fistula, access to emergency caesarean section, among others.

    The two-year fellowship is divided between U.S. clinical work, field assignment and education. Fellows may choose to obtain an MPH (Harvard School of Public Health), tropical medicine diploma or other related formal education.

    Application Process: Applications are due in October, for a start date of July.

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  • Pacific Medical Training Scholarship

    Applicants submit an essay to be considered for the ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers.

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  • Partnership between Government of Liberia & Mount Sinai

    Description: After the devastating 2014/15 West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Liberia seeks to rebuild its health system and increase health professional capacity. Aiming to improve quality, quantity, and skill diversity of the national health workforce, Liberia seeks interested, qualified clinical faculty members to support teaching residents. Liberia has only two pediatricians and four ob-gyns for a population of over 4 million people.

    Mount Sinai has been a leader in Liberia, supporting the development of the nascent residency programs in their second year of operation. In collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Mount Sinai is seeking to recruit and deploy faculty interested in serving year-long generalist and two month sub-specialist roles in MFM, Gyn-Onc, and Urogyn teaching stints.

    Application Process:Qualifications:

    1. Board certified physician or Fellow in respective area of obstetrics/gynecology
    2.  5 years of experience post-residency/3 years post Fellowship preferred
    3. 2 years of relevant teaching & clinical mentoring experience
    4. Multiple scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals

    To learn more about the program or to apply, please contact Molly Lieber at

  • The University of California, San Francisco, HEAL Initiative Cohort

    Description: The HEAL (Health, Equity, Action & Leadership) Initiative trains front line health professionals in some of the poorest and most isolated places on our planet.

    This is a two year multi-disciplinary initiative where individuals spend six months in the HIS (Indian Health Service) and six months at an international site. There is also opportunity for advanced degree at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and UC Berkeley. The HEAL Initiative recruits highly qualified health professionals who have a deep commitment to health equity and social justice. We train those who have the desire to serve and equip them with the skills to be effective in low-resource settings. The program includes:

    • Fully-funded MPH or similar graduate degree
    • Social medicine training
    • Experiential training
    • Structured mentorship
    • Ongoing, immersive curriculum
    • Full UCSF benefits and salary

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  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program
    This Medical Fellows Program supports a year of full-time biomedical research training for medical and dental students.

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CREOG Awards


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