The American Thoracic Society and participating institutions have developed the ATS ASPIRE Program, a cross-institutional, academic sleep pulmonary fellowship program designed to train pulmonary/sleep physician-scientists and the next generation of pulmonary/sleep leaders.

About the ASPIRE Program
Accepted fellows are given an annual grant ($10,000 during their research years and $3,000 during their clinical years) to be used for conferences, courses, or research endeavors. Research mentorship will be shared between the six participating medical centers, which include the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and UC San Diego Health System. There will be monthly webinars on a variety of research topics, monthly research webinars presented by the ASPIRE fellows, and a face-to-face meeting at the ATS International Conference to discuss research goals.

Who Should Apply?
Any pulmonary/critical care/sleep fellow (adult or pediatric) can apply to be a 2020 ATS ASPIRE fellow if they are at an institution with a T32 or in a Department with RO1-funded faculty (or international equivalent) and are willing to perform research on a topic related to sleep. Both international and US-based applicants with an MD or PhD are welcome to apply.


  • Completed Application
  • CV of Applicant
  • 1–2-page statement from applicant of research goals and why they are a candidate for the ASPIRE fellowship
  • Letter from mentor(s)

Submit your application to: aspire@thoracic.org