Achieving Excellence


The American Association for Anatomy’s awards program is one of the broadest in the industry. The members-only program bestows more than $650,000 in awards, research grants and scholarships each year. In fact, one in 10 members receives an award, scholarship or grant every year. Many recipients go on to achieve significant success in their careers. 

Congratulations to our award winners for 2022-2023!

Awards Details & Deadlines

Find your next award, grant, or scholarship below. For all awards, women and underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

October 20 Deadline

Early-Career Anatomist Publication Award

Recognizes the best publication by an early-career anatomist in each of the society's three journals: Anatomical Sciences Education, Developmental Dynamics, and The Anatomical Record

Basmajian Award

Recognizes health science faculty who are in the formative stages of their career that teach human or veterinary gross anatomy.

Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy

The rank of Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy (FAAA) is designed to honor distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences

Short-Term Visiting Scholarship

Provides travel expenses for members to facilitate visiting a laboratory or participating in a course outside their home institution.

Building Community Scholarship

To fund members who are based at international institutions to attend and present at the Annual Meeting.

Outstanding Mentor Award

Recognizes the dedication and impact of members with a sustained career commitment to mentoring through guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others.

The Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

Presented to a member who creates inclusive teams representing the rich diversity of communities served.

Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award

AAA's highest education award for human anatomy education in the anatomical sciences as broadly defined- including gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroanatomy- at the medical/dental, graduate, or undergraduate level of teaching

Early-Career Investigator Awards

Recognizes investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, comparative neuroanatomy, or the morphological sciences

Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award

AAA's highest scientific honor recognizes unique and meritorious contributions to and achievements in anatomical sciences by a distinguished AAA member

A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award

Presented periodically to a member distinguished in the field of anatomical sciences who has provided exceptional service to the Association and/or mentorship in the discipline

Science Communication and Public Engagement Award

Recognizes a Mid-Career AAA member in recognition of outstanding science communication and public engagement efforts in anatomical sciences.

November 15 Deadline

Education Research Scholarship

Supports a member who is a graduate student in a mentored project, or a postdoc fellow or junior faculty member who wishes to develop a project that shows promise as a model for improving the quality of teaching and learning in anatomical education

Child and Dependent Care Grant

Provides travel expenses for members to facilitate visiting a laboratory or participating in a course outside their home institution.

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