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The APSA Foundation is a source of essential funds to promote education and biomedical research in pediatric surgery. It has served as a gateway for young scientific investigators to become competitive for major external grants. Many previous APSAF scholars have successfully used their seed grants to acquire NIH funding and clearly provide justification of the tremendous return on investment experienced by the Foundation. The APSA Foundation Research Support Grants have been renamed the Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grants to honor the lifelong legacy created by Dr. Jay Grosfeld and his immense contributions to APSA.

The APSA Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


The APSA Foundation is the philanthropic partner of APSA in support of pediatric surgical innovation and discovery, surgeon-scientist career development, member education, and other efforts which ensure access, quality, and equity in the surgical care and lives of all children.


Promote excellence in pediatric surgery by fostering scientific, clinical and educational endeavors through inspired giving.

Travel Fellowship

The Travel Fellowship, supported by APSA and the APSA Foundation, is an annual award for early career surgeons in low- and middle-income countries to attend and experience the educational and networking opportunities of the APSA Annual Meeting. The Travel Fellowship includes travel to and attendance at the APSA Annual Meeting, a presentation to the APSA membership on his or her background, current practice and future goals, and an opportunity for a clinical observership and specialty training at a US or Canadian hospital for 4-6 weeks either before or after the meeting.  Additionally Travel Fellows will receive a complimentary subscription to PedSurgLibrary, where they can access APSA’s online Not a Textbook, as well as other educational resources.

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Due to the cancellation of the in-person 2020 and 2021 annual meetings, new applications for the Travel Fellowship are currently on hold.

Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grants

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How to Apply for the Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grant

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation (APSAF) encourages the enrichment of pediatric surgeon scientists by providing support for projects which will broaden the horizon of the recipient in a fashion not otherwise readily achieved and for which funds may not be available from usual current sources. The APSAF welcomes proposals for support of projects that encompass the humanities, medical ethics, education, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health care delivery, computer sciences, as well as clinical or laboratory research as they relate to the surgical sciences or to the delivery of pediatric surgical care and may include traveling fellowships or special scholarships.

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