Categories of Awards

Category 1: Advanced Fellowship Award (AFA)​
The Advanced Fellowship Award supports early career fellowships providing a bridge into an academic career for postgraduates holding the highest degree in a discipline, who have a potential in research and have not yet held an established academic post. The award will prepare the applicant to potentially assume a faculty position at AUB. A fellowship can be in any subject, and fellows should expect to complete a single piece of original, publishable research during their tenure. The award is not available to degree-seeking candidates. Duration: 1 to 2 years.

Career Development Award (CDA)
Category 2: The Career Development Award supports junior AUB faculty members in their third or fourth year of appointment, to a) gain advanced training and hands-on experience in an emerging area of expertise within their general discipline that would be desirable to have at AUB but is currently unavailable; or b) complete research at other universities or recognized organizations. Duration: 3 months up to 1 year.

Category 3: Visit Awards​

  • Visiting Professor Award (VPA)

    The Visiting Professor Award (VPA) is a - Subcategory (a) of the Visit Awards supports visits to AUB by recognized scholars at the rank of Associate Professor or higher holding academic or research positions at an institution abroad. The purpose of the award is to enhance the expertise and expand the horizons of scholars and practitioners at AUB through interaction with outside visitors. The visitor’s specialty can be in any subject of interest to AUB’s academic community. Duration: up to 2 weeks.
  • Travel Awards (TA)

    The Travel Awards are two subcategories of the Visit Awards: - Subcategory (b) supports travel by AUB faculty at any rank to an institution abroad for continuing education. The purpose of the award is to enhance the expertise and expand the horizons of scholars and practitioners at AUB through exposure to international research and practice settings. Duration: up to 4 weeks. - Subcategory (c) supports travel by AUB students or junior faculty to attend an international professional meeting outside Lebanon and present primary research. Duration: up to 1 week; may be extended to consecutive meetings.

Category 4: Student Awards (SA)
The Students Awards consist of two subcategories: 

  • Subcategory (a) is the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Research Award, it is offered to a winning research presentation by a student at a competitive biomedical research event at AUB (e.g. MEMA, Biomedical Research Day, etc.). 
  • Subcategory (b) is the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Medical Student Elective Award, it is offered to a medical student with an approved elective abroad, outstanding academic ranking and proven financial need.

Category 5: West Bank Scholars Awards (WBA)
The West Bank Scholars Award seeks to support exceptional scholarly healthcare professionals from the West Bank and who hold promise of leadership in their field of specialty, to pursue training at AUB. Candidates are scholars (physician and/or scientists) from the West Bank admitted to a training medical or research program at AUB.

Category 6: Other: ​Special Consideration Awards
Under special circumstances, the Committee can consider applications other than those listed above; these may be considered as long as they do not contradict the set objectives of the DTSSP program.


The issuance of this FOA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of DTSSP nor does it commit DTSSP to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, DTSSP reserves the right to reject any or all applications submitted. 


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