ATS Assembly Awards and Scholarships

The ATS Foundation gratefully accepts gifts supporting ATS assembly scientific excellence awards and scholarships such as the Robert B. Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award. Make a gift to your assembly awards and scholarship programs.

Philip Hopewell Prize for Global Respiratory Health Research

The ATS Foundation launched its newest global research award in recognition of Dr. Philip Hopewell, and his years of service to the patient and medical research community worldwide. Starting in 2020, and for the next decade, early career investigators with limited resources from developing countries will be recognized for their published research in a peer reviewed journal. The distinction of this monetary prize of $10,000 from the ATS Foundation will not only sustain the research of these investigators but propel their careers in the medical research community. The ultimate goal is to build capacity where it is needed most − to provide medical care and treatment for those in need worldwide.

Questions related to the funding of the Philip Hopewell Prize for Global Respiratory Health Research can be directed to foundation@thoracic.org.


The American Thoracic Society (ATS) Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) Program is a multi-level research methods training course intended for clinicians, investigators, academicians, and public health professionals who primarily work with pulmonary diseases. The objective of the MECOR Program is to prepare current or aspiring investigators, academicians, clinicians and public health practitioners to design and conduct research that is relevant to the needs of the settings in which they work. The overall goal of the MECOR Program is to aid the improvement of global lung health through the development of local, country, and regional lung disease research capacity in low and middle-income countries.

Medical Education Research

Medical Education Research reflects the ATS Board of Directors’ commitment to developing outstanding ATS educators across the respiratory spectrum. The program will design, implement, and evaluate novel educational approaches for training medical residents, fellows, and junior faculty for generations to come.

Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award

In honor of Morton Ziskind, MD, a highly respected clinician-researcher from Tulane University who was renowned for bringing his fellows to the ATS International Conferences and exposing them to memorable learning experiences, the Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award recognizes his inspiring mentoring practices with a one-time $500 award to an outstanding Fellow. Click here to learn more!

Questions related to the funding of the Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Program can be directed to foundation@thoracic.org.