Application Deadline
Award Term
One Year
Award Type
Career Development
Career Level

Meeting Dates:               November 10-14, 2023
Meeting Location:         Boston, Massachusetts


Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for the 2023 funding cycle. The 2024 RFA will be posted January 2024.


View the 2023 Request For Application [PDF].



The AASLD Foundation Emerging Liver Scholars (ELS) program provides medical residents the opportunity to explore hepatology as a career through educational and professional development programming, learning directly from leaders in the field, and networking with hepatology KOLs and peers from around the globe. 

Selected Scholars for this highly competitive program receive complimentary registration and travel support to attend The Liver Meeting®, where they will participate in exclusive networking and educational events while also having full access to all scientific programming the meeting has to offer. During their award year, Scholars will also receive complimentary AASLD membership, subscriptions to AASLD journals, and be able to participate in special virtual professional development activities led by AASLD / AASLD Foundation leadership. 


The following named awards of distinction for highly-meritorious candidates are made possible through the generous support of donors committed to inspiring the next generation of hepatology leaders.

Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao Emerging Liver Scholar Award

Bruce A. Luxon Emerging Liver Scholar Award

Raymond T. Chung Emerging Liver Scholar Award

  • Eligibility
  • Award Details
  • Selection Criteria
  • Participation Expectations
  • How to Apply
  • Application Resources


In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. The applicant must:

  • Be a:
    • 1st or 2nd year Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiology, or Pediatrics Resident;
    • 3rd year Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiology, or Pediatrics resident who will be completing a PGY4 as Chief Medical Resident before entering fellowship; or
    • 1st through 4th year Surgical Resident
  • Be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery or GI radiology with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.
  • Have a mentor who is active in hepatology and who is an AASLD member in good standing

2. Mentor & Application Limits

  • Each mentor may support up to two applicants per year. 
  • Two mentors may act as co-mentors for one ELS applicant, if appropriate.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications that will be accepted per institution, but only one candidate may be selected per distinct residency program at a single institution (i.e., one resident from the internal medicine program and one from the pediatric program at the same institution may be selected, but two internal medicine residents at the same institution will not be selected in the same program year, even if they are in different PG years).
  • Past Emerging Liver Scholars are not eligible. Candidates that have previously applied and were not selected are strongly encouraged to re-apply if they continue to meet eligibility criteria.


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The 2023 Emerging Liver Scholar program is made possible through generous contributions from Dr. Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, the Luxon Family Fund for Emerging Hepatology Scholars, and unrestricted donations from AASLD and donors to the AASLD Foundation.