ADA Foundation invites dental students, early-career dentists to apply for awards

Submission deadline is June 27


The ADA Foundation encourages dental students and early-career dentists to apply for the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award and the Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award.

The Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award recognizes leadership skills that advance the dental profession through community engagement, service to the profession or scientific advancement of oral public health.

The award, totaling $5,000, will cover the costs of attending the 2022-23 ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership. The funds may also be used to defray the costs of the recipient's project for the institute, which asks participants to select an issue or challenge in their community, their organization or the dental profession and develop and execute a plan to address it.

Award applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who are dental students, graduate students or residents enrolled in an accredited dental school education program or early-career dentists younger than 40.

The award is named for David Whiston, D.D.S., who served the oral health profession in various leadership roles for many years, including as ADA president from 1997-98, trustee from 1992-96 and president of the ADA Foundation’s board of directors from 2010-14.

The Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award promotes and recognizes excellence in oral health research by providing financial assistance for promising researchers to pursue a career in research that advances preventive dentistry. The research may be basic, translational or clinical.

The recipient will receive $5,000 to attend or present at a scientific conference or conferences. The funds may be used for registration fees, travel expenses, meals and lodging. With approval from the ADA Foundation’s Charitable Grants Committee, the recipient may also use the award money to cover research-related expenses. Applicants must provide a written summary of how they would use the award funds when they submit their application.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who conduct oral health research in preventive dentistry while enrolled in one of the following degree programs at an eligible institution: D.D.S. or D.M.D.; D.D.S./D.M.D. and Ph.D. dual degree; Ph.D. or equivalent; M.P.H., M.S. or equivalent;  or foreign equivalent. Eligible institutions are an accredited public, nonprofit or privately owned profit-making college, university, vocational school or postsecondary education institution that is eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

The submission deadline for both awards is June 27.

For additional eligibility and award information and to apply for either award, visit the ADA Foundation's online grant portal . Applicants will need to create a login to access the guidelines and applications.

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