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American Academy of Periodontology Educator Scholarships
AAP Educator Scholarships were created to stimulate the development of periodontal educators by providing financial relief to students intending to pursue a career as full-time teachers at U.S. periodontal programs upon graduation from U.S. periodontal postdoctoral training programs. The $25,000 Educator Scholarship is intended to provide help with tuition and living expenses during the training period and may also be used for debt reduction. The number of Scholarships awarded each year will depend upon the applicant pool.
The Educator Scholar must commit to spending one year as a full-time periodontal educator at a U.S. program for each year he/she receives the award. If the recipient fails to meet the teaching requirement, the award is considered a loan and must be repaid.
Applicants for the Educator Scholarships must have been accepted into, or must be current students in, a periodontal postdoctoral training program in the United States. Applicants are welcome to apply in any year of their periodontal programs. Recipients must be student members of the AAP at the time they receive the Scholarship, and must intend to teach full-time in a U.S. periodontal program upon graduation. Applicants for other Foundation scholarships and fellowships may apply for the AAP Educator Scholarships. Previous recipients of the AAP Educator Scholarship may not re-apply.
Completed applications are due by June 1. The application may be completed online and e-mailed as an attachment, with supporting documentation mailed separately, or all materials may be mailed together.
In addition to the application, the applicant's program director must submit a letter of nomination agreeing to provide the AAP Educator Scholar with guidance on pursuing a career in academics and certifying that the award is a supplement to, not a replacement for, any salary, stipend, research support, or other funding to which the student would normally be entitled.
The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAP Foundation President. Finalists for the scholarship will be asked to attend a mandatory personal interview with the selection committee during the AAP Annual Meeting.
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If you have additional questions regarding any AAP Foundation Awards, please contact:
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-282-4867, ext. 3256 or 312-573-3256
Private fax: 312-787-3983
American Academy of Periodontology Teaching Fellowships
AAP Teaching Fellowships, made possible by a $1 million commitment from the American Academy of Periodontology, are intended to support the young periodontal educator's commitment to a career in academia by providing debt relief to qualified applicants. The $50,000 Fellowships are given to qualified faculty members within their first three years of teaching at a U.S. periodontal training institution. Funding for AAP Teaching Fellows is provided at the end of each year of full-time teaching.
Applicants for AAP Teaching Fellowships must be in the first three years of full-time teaching (as defined by the institution) at a U.S. periodontal program or have accepted a full-time faculty position at a U.S. periodontal program. Fellows are not eligible to apply for this award again but are welcome to apply for other Foundation awards.
AAP Teaching Fellowship finalists will be invited to attend, at their own expense, a mandatory personal interview with the selection committee during the AAP Annual Meeting.
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Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award
Created to assist beginning periodontal educators in launching their career, one payment of $10,000 is awarded in the fourth quarter of the year after that AAP Annual Meeting. The award is not to be used to replace support that would have normally been provided by the recipient's institution. The award should be considered a supplement to any salary, stipend or research support.
Award candidates must be in their third year of a nonmilitary accredited periodontal post-doctoral training program in the United States, and intend to pursue a career in full-time periodontal teaching and research in the United States.
A strong interest in periodontal education is the primary qualification. In addition, the selected candidates must demonstrate excellent character, integrity, a record of academic and personal achievements, and an aptitude for teaching and research.
Application forms are available from Program Directors and Chairs.
All application materials must be received by June 1. Please complete form online, save, and e-mail it as an attachment and then mail the following supporting documentation to the AAP Foundation:
Copy of completed application form (unless emailed)
Transcript of grades from dental school and postgraduate work
750-word personal statement that addresses special qualities the applicant will bring to education, the applicant's philosophy of education, research interests, extracurricular and community activities, financial need, and career plans
Three letters of recommendation: one from their program director, one from another periodontal professional, and a personal letter of reference
The selection committee is made up of three periodontists who have an interest in periodontal education. Members of the committee are appointed by the Foundation president. The application deadline is June 1 and the Fellowship recipient is announced by August 15.
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence
A $10,000 one-time cash award.
Third-year students who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. periodontal graduate program and nominated by their periodontal program chairperson
The application must be received by May 15 along with a nomination from the candidate's periodontal program chairperson, four letters of recommendation (two from professors or professionals in the field of periodontology and two personal letters of reference), and a personal statement.
The committee bases its selection on the applicant's demonstrated personal motivation for excellence in both character and academic achievement. Personal integrity, as exemplified by leadership, community involvement, and concern for the needs of others, are also considered.
The top three candidates must attend the AAP Annual Meeting for personal interviews.
Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship
The fellowship is a $36,000 award ($12,000 per year, for up to 3 years) for periodontists pursuing academic careers. The award is not intended to replace support that would normally have been provided by the recipient's institution.
Candidates for the Fellowship must be either a full-time faculty member at the instructor or assistant level or a part-time faculty member. The candidate must be affiliated for 10 years or less with a degree-granting institution, and their career goal must be teaching and research in periodontology. Only Active or Student members of the Academy are eligible. Applications will be accepted only from candidates at U.S. institutions.
Nominations will be accepted until May 1 from a candidate's periodontal program director, who submits an application form. In addition, the candidate must meet all requirements of the application.
The Selection Committee is appointed by the AAP Foundation President and consists of members of the Tarrson family and other Academy members who are involved with the AAP Foundation. The Selection Committee will review applications and decide on three finalists by July 1. The selection is based on the quality of the individual and his or her work in the academic field, not financial need.
The top three candidates must attend the AAP Annual Meeting, where they will be interviewed preceding the opening of the meeting.
Charles W. Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grants
The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation established Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grants to honor the memory of Dr. Charles W. Finley and all of the great periodontal leaders of the past, present, and future.
Grants are awarded to accredited U.S. periodontal programs to offset honoraria, travel, promotion, and seminars by speakers in periodontology. The grants must be matched by funds from each department or institution. Though the speakers will spend the majority of their time with the periodontics department, both students and faculty, the grant requires that the speaker present a formal program to the faculty and students of the institution on a subject of interest to the entire dental institution.
Accredited U.S. periodontal programs may apply for grants.
Applications are due by February 14 and awards and funds will be issued in March.
Sunstar-American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Research Fellowship
The $50,000 Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellowship is intended to support specific periodontal research. The award, which is underwritten by Sunstar, is intended to supplement the fellow’s income and not intended to replace any salary or stipend to which the Fellow would otherwise be entitled.
Full-time periodontal educators engaged in periodontally-related research at U.S. programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be board-certified in periodontology and members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
Completed applications must be received by the AAP Foundation by June 1.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAPF President. The Committee shall make the final decisions on which applications are chosen for the program.
Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship
The Nevins Fellowship will be a $20,000 Fellowship paid over two years. The Fellow will receive $10,000 at the end of each of two years of full-time academic teaching experience. It is intended to supplement the fellow’s income and not intended to replace any salary or stipend to which the Fellow would otherwise be entitled.
Full-time periodontal educators who have been teaching at least two, and not more than five, full-time academic years at U.S. programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be board-certified in periodontology and members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
Completed applications are due on or before June 1.
A selection committee will select three finalists from the applications which are received. The finalists must then attend mandatory personal interviews which will take place at the AAP Annual Meeting. Two nights of lodging will be provided to each finalist at one of the main meeting hotels.
Volpe Basic Science Research Fellowship
The Fellowship is proposed to address the retention of top periodontal basic science researchers and educators early in their careers. The Volpe Basic Science Research Fellowship will be a $20,000 Fellowship paid in one lump sum. It is intended to provide personal funding and support to those individuals who may be facing educational debt while striving to establish themselves in an academic role.
Full-time periodontal educators who have been teaching at least two, and not more than five, full-time academic years and are engaged in periodontally-related basic science research at U.S. programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be board-certified in periodontology and members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
Completed applications must be received by the AAP Foundation by May 1.
A selection committee will select three finalists from the applications which are received. The finalists must then attend mandatory personal interviews which will take place at the AAP Annual Meeting. Two nights of lodging and airfare up to $500 will be provided to each finalist at one of the main meeting hotels.
Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery
The $50,000 Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery is intended to provide educational and clinical experiences that reflect the most current techniques in implant dentistry.
The AAP Foundation Lazzara Fellowship provides a stipend for the Fellow as well as funds to offset the hosting institution's overhead and administrative costs. The Lazzara Fellowship is a 12-month fellowship that takes place at the student's training institution. It may begin upon completion of the Fellow's periodontal training program or when the Fellow starts the last six months of his/her periodontal program.
Application for the Fellowship is made jointly by a student in his/her third year of an accredited periodontal post-doctoral training program in the United States and by the student's periodontal program director.
Completed applications must be received by the AAP Foundation by February 1.
The Fellow receives half of the award upon selection and the other half in the 4th quarter. The program receives the award payment in the 3rd quarter.