About the 2023 Escalator Awards
The 2023 Escalator Awards will highlight women physicians in three categories: Research, Mentor Match & Kickstarter. To face gender inequality, we aim to escalate emerging women leaders who are breaking new ground in their specialty areas.
Discover the 2023 award categories
The award provides financial support to a research project that benefits the population of an underserved community.
Eligibility criteria: Early career (10 years or less) physician-scientists in the following specialty areas:
- General cardiologists
- Heart failure specialists
- Interventional cardiologists
- Vascular surgeons
- Vascular medicine specialists
Mentor Match$25,000 (mentors) | $10,000 (mentees)
Women as One matches a current fellow and experienced physician from different institutions. The mentorship pairs will develop and execute a research, education or quality improvement project over the course of the 12-month award period.
Eligibility criteria: Mentor physicians (10+ years of practice) and mentee physicians (current fellow) in the following specialty areas:
- General cardiologists
- Cardiac electrophysiologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Cardio-thoracic surgeons
The award supports access to training and mentorship for women physicians practicing in nations with transitional and developing economies.
Eligibility criteria: Women physicians practicing in nations with transitional and developing economies* in the following specialty areas:
- General cardiologists & cardiovascular subspecialists
- Vascular medicine specialists
- Vascular and CT surgeons
- Interventional radiologists.
*As defined by the United Nations 2022 World Economic Situation & Prospects Report
What they say about the Escalator Awards
Past recipients of the Escalator Awards
Explore our winner wall and read more about the previous winners and their projects.
Access their bios to find out more about how they hope to boost their career impact with the help of the Escalator Awards
How to apply
There is no application form or entry fee.
All applicants must provide:
- A letter of interest
- Proof of good standing
MENTOR MATCH applicants must provide:
Two letters of recommendation – one from inside and one from outside your current institution
RESEARCH applicants must provide:
- Protocol synopsis
- Project budget
- Two letters of recommendation – one from inside and one from outside your current institution
Frequently asked questions
When do applications open?
Applications will open on 15th August, 2022.
What are the award categories this year?
For the 2022 award cycle we had three award categories.
The Research award provides $50,000 of funding toward an approved research project.
The Mentor Match award allows us to pair two applicants, a current fellow and an experienced physician, who will work together to complete a project. Mentors receive $25,000 and Mentees receive $10,000 toward completion of their project.
Finally, our Kickstarter award is designed to support women who are practicing in nations with transitional or emerging economies. These winners receive $3000 in funding for professional development and career support. The award categories for the 2023 cycle will be determined in spring/summer 2022.
Who is eligible to apply?
This year we have categorized the awards by subspecialty area to ensure that we receive a high number of qualified applications in specific areas of need.
Research award projects must benefit the population of an underserved community, and are open to the following: general cardiologists, heart failure specialists, interventional cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and vascular medicine specialists.
Mentor Match awards are open to Mentor physicians with 10+ years of practice and Mentee physicians who are current fellows, in the following specialties: general cardiologists, cardiac electrophysiologists, interventional radiologists, and cardio-thoracic surgeons.
Finally, Kickstarter awards are open to women physicians practicing in nations with transitional or developing economies who are: general cardiologists/cardiovascular subspecialists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular and CT surgeons, or interventional radiologists.
Can I apply to the Mentor Match Award with a pre-formed pair?
No, in the interest of making new connections, We will create the pairings of Mentor and Mentee physicians from complimentary subspecialties.
What materials are required to apply?
All award applications require a letter of interest explaining your qualifications for this award and how it will help you boost your career, as well as a letter of recommendation from a current or former colleague, and up-to-date proof of your good standing with the appropriate local medical licensing body. Research awards also require a protocol synopsis and project budget for consideration.
How are award winners selected?
Each year, Women as One invites a committee of field experts and research leaders to review the applications for each category of the Escalator Awards. The committees determine a short list of finalists, and then these finalists participate in video interviews before the final selections of winners are made.
What mentorship and networking benefits are part of the Escalator Awards program?
A key feature of the Escalator Awards are the periodic mentorship meetings with renowned expert physicians and clinical researchers. During these meetings, award recipients will have the opportunity to form new connections and to receive valuable project feedback and presentation suggestions. We are committed to amplifying the work of our Escalator Award recipients during the award cycle and beyond.
What makes the Escalator Awards different from others in medicine?
The Escalator Awards are uniquely targeted with the goal of identifying and proactively resourcing a select group of high-potential women physicians. Through this program, we seek to advance more women in their careers and ultimately into leadership positions, effectively breaking the cycle of underrepresentation for future generations.
What should I include in my letter of interest?
Your letter of interest is the most important part of your application materials! This is your opportunity to highlight the unique skills and qualifications that make you a great candidate for the Escalator Awards. For Research Awards, our reviewers are looking for novel, high-impact ideas with a clear sense of purpose and vision. Be sure to explain clearly how your research will benefit the population of an underserved community. Mentor Match and Kickstarter applicants should provide as much detail as possible about your areas of clinical interest, and the ways you plan to grow your career through the mentorship and networking opportunities provided by the award program. All applicants should also consider how receiving an Escalator Award might create an opportunity for you to lift up other women in medicine, and how you can become a force for positive change.
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