Charles E. Kahn, Jr., MD, MS, Chair
Mauricio Castillo, MD
Phillip Costello, MD
Bernard F. King, Jr., MD
Melissa Rosado de Christenson, MD
Srini Tridandapani, MD

ARRS Scholarship

2017 Recipient – Shinn-Huey Shirley Chou, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Medical School

The ARRS Scholarship is intended to support study in a field selected by the scholar that will enable the scholar to attain his or her professional career goal.

About the Scholarship

The ARRS Scholarship is funded through The Roentgen Fund® of the ARRS.

By giving both recognition and financial support to the activities and studies of young radiologists, the ARRS helps to prepare them for positions of leadership in academic radiology. This purpose is in accordance with the definition of scholar as one who attends a school or studies under a teacher.

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 Research Committee may select up to one $140,000 award annually. The scholar may choose a one-year program requiring a minimum 80 percent time commitment, or a two-year program requiring a minimum 50 percent time commitment. The funds may be used for salary support, scholarship related travel costs, toward the support of the scholar's study or in a way that will contribute to the scholar’s development and advancement as an academic faculty member. The ARRS scholarship may be used for study outside the parent institution.

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

General Qualifications

  1. ARRS member.
  2. Earned MD or DO from an accredited institution.
  3. Completion of all required residency or fellowship training or equivalent.
  4. Only one candidate per department per institution is eligible to apply each year.
  5. A full-time faculty appointment as a lecturer, instructor, assistant professor or equivalent for no more than five years beyond completion of training. The appointment must be in a department of radiology, nuclear medicine, or an associated department in the radiological sciences of a medical school teaching hospital in the United States or Canada.
  6. Certification by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent.
  7. Letter of nomination by the department chair, including a commitment of a minimum of 80% of the nominee's time to the scholarship program for a one-year program, or minimum of 50% of the nominee's time for a two-year program.
  8. The candidate must be a member of the ARRS at the time the application is submitted and for the duration of the award.     

Selection Criteria

Selection of the ARRS scholar will be based on:

  1. The competence and promise of the candidate in research, education or administration related to medical imaging, as indicated by the institution making the nomination.
  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 or 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 Scholar Award, AUR GE-Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF), RSNA Research Grant. 

Nomination Procedure

All candidates will submit the required documents as e-mail attachments to scholarships@arrs.org. The annual deadline occurs in December. Selected applicants will be invited to speak with the ARRS Research Committee to discuss their application. Interviews are held in January-February. The candidates will be notified of funding shortly after the interview. The new scholar will be announced at the ARRS annual meeting, and is required to be present for the announcement at the opening ceremonies.

Submission Procedure

The application deadline for the 2018 scholarship has passed. Interviews will be held in January-February 2018. A call for applications for the 2019 scholarship will be announced later in 2018.

Applicants must submit the following materials. The entire application should not exceed 20 pages.

  1. The candidates will submit the required documents as e-mail attachments to scholarships@arrs.org.
  2. A cover letter from the applicant stating his or her address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address, for use by the ARRS administrative office.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. A three-page summary of the applicant's qualifications, goals and purpose of study.
  5. Statements from the department and applicant regarding present interests in a specific area related to radiological sciences or education, and long-term scientific and professional objectives or aspirations as they may relate to his or her future career, as well as a commitment to provide time for the scholar to study and ensure his or her return to the faculty at the completion of the scholarship.
  6. An estimated budget covering the scholar's program over the one- or 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. 

Conditions and Responsibilities

The cooperating institution is expected to assume the same full responsibility for the detailed administration of the scholarship for an 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.

Salary: The salary of the ARRS Scholar as well as all other budgetary matters will be determined by the cooperating institution. Indirect costs will not be paid.

Payments: Will be made to the cooperating institution semi-annually on July 1 and January 1 for one-year scholarships, and annually on July 1 for two-year scholarships.

Publicity: ARRS reserves the right to use information submitted in the application 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 electronically (MS-Word) to the chair of ARRS Research Committee and CC it to scholarships@arrs.org by April 1 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 issues.

Final Report: Scholars will be required to submit a final report electronically (MS-Word) to the chair of ARRS Research Committee and CC it to scholarships@arrs.org by August 1 of the year the scholarship is completed. In addition, upon completion scholars will be required to present their project at the ARRS annual meeting.

Publications: Scientific and educational manuscripts resulting from the grant must be submitted first to the AJR 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 of work in which the scholar is involved should be sent to the ARRS Research Committee.

Limitations and Terminations

The money may not be spent for the purchase of equipment. Indirect costs may not be paid from this fund.

Termination of scholarship: Circumstances may arise in which the institution or the ARRS scholar may wish to bring the grant to an end before the completion of the study. This may be arranged at any time by agreement between the sponsoring department of radiology, the scholar, and ARRS. 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 Research Subcommittee and special members appointed to implement the scholarships.