2023 EVS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant


Leadership skills are not traditionally taught in medical school or residency training, yet are very important to achieving success in one’s career.  Through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI), the Eastern Vascular Society (EVS) has shown a strong commitment to supporting members from minority groups and women for many years as well as promoting diversity within the members. One of the EVS' goals is to encourage more women, LGBTQ, and underrepresented minorities to enter the vascular surgery specialty. Additionally, the EVS works to ensure that the gap with respect to women or minority group surgeons in leadership positions is addressed and that research initiatives focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in vascular surgery are supported.

This year, the EVS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration with industry, are offering a DEI Grant program for those identifying as women surgeons and/or surgeons from minority groups who are desiring to develop or improve their leadership skills, and/or for research projects focused on DEI in vascular surgery.

Three awards of $5,000.00 each will be provided to three EVS Active or Candidate Members. These awards can be used for travel, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend specific courses and/or other leadership training and development opportunities and activities, or for expenses related to a DEI-focused project.

Deadline: August 26, 2022

Grant eligibility criteria:

  • Three grants will be issued at $5,000 each. All grant awardees will be asked to present on their grant-related work next year at the EVS 38th Annual Meeting, 2024.
  • To apply, you must be an Active EVS Member or Candidate Member in good standing, as well as one or more of the following:
    • identify as women, LGBTQ, or a minority group
    • planning a research project focus on DEI in vascular surgery
  • Applications that clearly outline how the grant will advance the career goals of the candidate, and define clearly these goals, are given preference.
  • Applicants must be at or within the last year of their training (Fellowship or Vascular Residency) and/or must be within 0-10 years in practice. Active members that are applying for this grant may practice in academic institutions, private practice, or be employed by a hospital entity.

Application and Reporting Requirements:

  1. Demographic Information
    Applicants must submit a complete online application providing demographic information such as EVS member status, years out of training, professional appointment title, etc. Personally identifying information such as age, race, and ethnicity will be optional.
  2. Statement of Intent
    Provide a statement of intent (maximum 600 words) that indicates how you would use the award to advance personal leadership training and specific career goals, and/or complete your proposed study. The statement should describe what you want to accomplish, not just how the grant will be used, as well as the overall benefit you wish to gain from the proposed activities.
  3. Budget Sheet
    Provide a summary of projected expenses including travel, registration, administrative fees, research material, etc. that you will cover with the grant.
  4. Submit a curriculum vitae.
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    Submit two letters of recommendation. One must be from the Chief of Division, Chief of the Department, or Chief of Staff. One must be from an Active EVS Member in good standing.
  6. Provide institution representative information for where award funds will be sent (if applicable). Please note if grant funds are sent directly to the grant recipient it is considered taxable income. A w9 must be filed at the end of the program year.

Recipient’s Report to Committee:

The Grant Program must be completed within 12 months of receipt.

Within 60 days of completing the DEI Grant Program, the recipient will prepare and forward a report to the EVS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The report should summarize activities during the grant period and goals achieved.

All of the awardees will be asked to give a short presentation on their learning accomplishments during the EVS Annual Meeting, once their award year has completed.

Any publication related to this activity should acknowledge the Eastern Vascular Society and industry sponsor.

Apply below. Good luck!

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