New Century Scholars Application

  • You must be a second year resident in a Pediatric Residency Program or a third year resident in a Med/Peds residency program in good standing. Please contact the program director if you have any questions.

    Co -Directors:
    V. Faye Jones, MD, MSPH, PhD -
    Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD -

  • A member of an under-represented minority group. APA's New Century Scholars Program defines underrepresented minority using the AAMC's definition of URM in medicine: "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."

  • Applicants should have an interest in pursuing an academic career in pediatrics (e.g., conducting research and/or being an educator at a medical school, teaching hospital, or other similar setting). Furthermore, an interest in pursuing scholarly activities in the areas of racial/ethnic health disparities, minority child health and development, sociocultural determinants of health, and cultural competency will weigh heavily in the selection process.

  • NCScholars are required to attend the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) during the time they are in the program, i.e., 2nd and 3rd year of residency (travel grants are awarded to the NCScholars to attend). The 2018 meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada May 5-8, 2018. If you cannot attend the PAS meetings, please do not apply to this program.

Application process:

  • The application is online and requires the following materials be submitted electronically:
    • Career plan (limit 300 words)
    • Short essay questions
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Research Experience
    • List of any publications
    • Personal statement (limit 600 words)
    • Letter of recommendations (one from your residency director and another from a faculty member or staff at your current institution).
  • To complete an application for the 2018 APA New Century Scholars Program, please click here.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection team, and applicants will be notified of selection decisions by the end of the January. Selected NCScholars will be matched with mentors in early 2018 (before the PAS meetings).

Information about the program can be found here.

If you have any questions, contact Laura Turner at the APA office (

Good luck, and thanks for your interest in the APA New Century Scholars Program,

V. Faye Jones, MD, MSPH, PhD - Co-Director (
Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD - Co-Director (



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