ARRS Scholarship

The ARRS Scholarship supports early-career faculty members in study/research in the radiologic sciences that has the possibility of changing the way radiology is practiced. The recognition and financial support aim to advance the early-career scholar professionally and to help prepare them for positions of leadership.

2020 Scholarship

The application deadline for the 2020 ARRS Scholarship is Monday, October 7, 2019.

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2019 Recipients

Florian J. Fintelmann, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital/
Harvard Medical School

Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD

UC San Diego

About the Scholarship

The ARRS Scholarship supports early-career faculty members in study/research in the radiologic sciences that has the possibility of changing the way radiology is practiced. The recognition and financial support aim to advance the early-career scholar professionally and to help prepare them for positions of leadership. The Scholarship is funded through The Roentgen Fund® of the ARRS.

Medical schools, affiliated hospitals, and clinical research institutions with interests in training and research in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, the basic sciences, or professions fundamental to imaging techniques are invited to submit one nomination annually.

The ARRS Roentgen Fund Board of Trustees may select up to two $180,000 awards annually. The Scholarship is a two-year program requiring a minimum 50 percent time commitment. The funds may be used for salary support; for scholarship-related travel costs (including travel to the ARRS Annual Meeting for selection and presentation years); and, in support of the Scholar's study related to the project plan, including for study outside the parent institution (training/tuition expenses may not exceed 20% of the total scholarship funding).

The scholarship funds will be paid to the Scholar's department for funding to the recipient. In this way, the ARRS shares the responsibility with the medical institution for the Scholar's development.

General Qualifications

Candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  1. ARRS member at the time the application is submitted and for the duration of the award
  2. Earned MD or DO (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  3. Completion of all required residency and fellowship training
  4. Hold a full-time faculty appointment as a lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, or equivalent for no more than five years beyond initial faculty appointment. The appointment must be in a department of radiology, nuclear medicine, or an associated department in the radiologic sciences of a medical school teaching hospital in the United States or Canada.
  5. Certification by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent
  6. Support from their Department Chair indicated in a letter of nomination with a commitment of a minimum of 50% of the nominee's time for the two-year program.

Only one candidate per department per institution is eligible to be nominated each year.

Selection Criteria

Selection of the ARRS Scholar is based on:

  1. The competence and promise of the candidate in research, education, or administration related to medical imaging
  2. Evidence that an environment will be provided that is conducive to well-rounded professional development
  3. Personal qualities of the candidate that indicate that he/she is a true scholar and leader with exceptional potential

Acceptance of one of the following grant awards precludes any eligibility to accept any of the other grant awards during the same or subsequent years:  ARRS Scholarship, AUR GE-Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF), RSNA Research Scholar Grant. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the 2020 Scholarship is Monday, October 7, 2019.

Submit Application

Selected applicants may be invited to interview with the ARRS Roentgen Fund Board of Trustees as part of the selection process. All candidates will be notified at the conclusion of the selection process. The new Scholars will be introduced at the ARRS Annual Meeting and are required to be present for the announcement at the opening ceremonies.

Application components:

  1. Cover Page—Include the applicant's name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address, for use by the ARRS Education Office
  2. Curriculum Vitae—Include details of any other current or pending salary support
  3. Project / Education Plan—Project scope may be in any area of research in the radiologic sciences with the inclusion of leadership-building and career development capacity. Potential project areas include, but are not limited to: hypothesis-driven science and clinical investigations and drug, device, and therapy development. Project plan should include:
    1. Project title
    2. Project abstract (300 words or less)
    3. Summary of the applicant's qualifications, present interests in a specific area related to radiologic sciences or education, and long-term scientific and professional objectives or aspirations as they may relate to their future career
    4. Project aims/goals
    5. Project significance/impact
    6. Project design
    7. Description of any coursework that will be undertaken
    8. A listing of mentors/co-investigators, as appropriate to the proposal, and their contributions to the proposal; Scholars will be required to identify a primary faculty mentor prior to the start of their project.
    9. References, if applicable
  1. Budget—An estimated budget covering the Scholar's program over the two-year period. A simple balance sheet should include: 
    1. An estimated yearly income from all sources including the budget of the institution or outside agencies
    2. Estimated expenditures for salary, travel, and other expenses
  1. Letters
    1. Letter of nomination from the Department Chair, or Radiology Group Director when applicable. The letter should indicate commitment to provide time for the Scholar to fulfill the scholarship project and ensure their return to the faculty at the completion of the scholarship.
    2. Two additional letters of recommendation

The entire application should not exceed 20 pages.

Conditions and Responsibilities

The cooperating institution is expected to assume the same full responsibility for the detailed administration of the scholarship for the ARRS scholar as for any other member of the faculty supported totally within its own budget.

Title and Rank: The title “ARRS Scholar”, if used, should only supplement the scholar's regular faculty title and rank.

Faculty Mentor: Each ARRS scholar is required to identify a faculty mentor for their scholarship project.

Salary: The salary of the ARRS scholar, as well as all other budgetary matters, will be determined by the cooperating institution.

Payment Schedule: Scholarships run from April 1 to March 31 for two consecutive years. Scholarship funds will be paid to the cooperating institution in two equal installments annually. Unexpended funds at the conclusion of the scholarship must be returned to the ARRS Roentgen Fund®.

Publicity: ARRS reserves the right to use information submitted in the application and subsequent reports including the recipient’s name, photo, institution, project title, and abstract in marketing and promotional materials.

Commercial Support: The Roentgen Fund® might receive funds from commercial companies to support scholarship programs and some recipients may have their scholarships named after a commercial entity. It does not imply commercial endorsement of the scholarship recipient, the research, or the institution.

Interim Report: Scholars will be required to submit an interim report in August of the year after the scholar is named. The interim report should include summary of the progress achieved, significant changes to the original proposal, expenditures, and indicate any delays or challenges. A report format will be provided by ARRS.

Final Report: Scholars will be required to submit a final report in August of the year the scholarship is completed. The final report should include project accomplishments, outcomes, and impact; participants; expenditures; and deviations from the original proposal or interim report. A report format will be provided by ARRS. In addition, scholars will be required to present their project at the ARRS Annual Meeting.

Extension: A no-cost extension may be requested to extend the final budget period of the scholarship up to 12 months beyond the original end date. Requests should include the reason for the extension, the requested length of the extension, and a summary of expected outcomes during the extension period. Requests will be reviewed by The Roentgen Fund® Board of Trustees and will be granted on a case-by-case basis without additional funding. In order to qualify for the extension, continued progress on the project must be demonstrated. An additional interim report will be required if an extension is granted.

Publications: Scientific and educational manuscripts resulting from the scholarship must be submitted first to the American Journal of Roentgenology to be considered for publication (right of first refusal). Authors who wish to bypass the right of first refusal process must receive written permission from ARRS. “ARRS Scholar” should be added to any scientific publications that are a direct result of the scholarship proposal or prepared during the course of the scholarship. A reprint of any publications resulting from the scholarship-funded work should be sent to the ARRS Roentgen Fund® Board of Trustees.

Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research Early Career Investigator Program: ARRS scholars may be required to participate in the Academy's Early Career Investigator Program. This will entail travel to Washington DC to participate in the Academy's annual medical imaging technology showcase in the Senate/House, attend meetings with NIH program directors, meet with their Congressional representatives, sit in on the leadership research roundtable, and network with patient advocacy groups, industry and academic leadership. Participation also includes becoming part of the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging. The Academy will handle all logistics and ARRS will sponsor travel costs up to $1500.

Limitations and Terminations

Funds: Scholarship funds may be used for salary support; for scholarship-related travel costs (including travel to the ARRS Annual Meeting for selection and presentation years); and, in support of the Scholar's study related to the project plan, including for study outside the parent institution (training/tuition expenses may not exceed 20% of the total scholarship funding). The money may not be spent for equipment purchase or support personnel. Indirect or overhead costs may not be paid from this award.

Awards: Acceptance of this award precludes the acceptance of the following awards during the same or any subsequent year: the Association of University Radiologists GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship, a Radiological Society of North America Research Scholar Grant, and ARRS Scholarship. If you have pending applications with either organization, please withdraw them as soon as possible and notify the ARRS office of the withdrawal. Supplementation of funding from other grant/scholarship sources must be approved by the ARRS Roentgen Fund® Board of Trustees if not included in the original project plan.

Termination of Scholarship: Circumstances may arise in which the institution or the ARRS scholar may wish to bring the scholarship to an end before the completion of the project. This may be arranged at any time by agreement between the sponsoring department of radiology, the scholar, and ARRS. Additionally, the ARRS Roentgen Fund® Board of Trustees reserves the right to modify or terminate the amount of funds granted under the terms of the scholarship. Termination will be made with the understanding that all unexpended funds will be returned to the ARRS and that all unpaid balances of the scholarship will be canceled.

Transfer of Scholarship: Requests for transfer of scholarships from one institution to another will be considered individually on their merits by the ARRS Roentgen Fund® Board of Trustees.