Pfizer-Showell Travel Award

This award recognizes the professional promise of an early career investigator (assistant professor or equivalent) by assisting the award recipient with travel to the AAI annual meeting to present his or her research. This award is supported through an endowment from Henry J. Showell and Pfizer, Inc.

Selection is based on career progress and submission of an outstanding abstract selected for oral presentation in a Block Symposium at the meeting. Reimbursement of up to $1,500 will be provided for expenses associated with attending the meeting (registration, travel, and lodging at an AAI-designated hotel). This award may not be combined with other awards or grants for the AAI annual meeting.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of these requirements:

  1. Be a Regular AAI member paid through the end of 2020 at the time of application submission.
  2. Have received a doctoral degree within the past ten (10) years (no earlier than January 1, 2010).#
  3. Hold a position of Assistant Professor or equivalent.
  4. Have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation (oral and poster) at IMMUNOLOGY 2020™. Be sure to select the option during abstract submission that indicates you are willing to make an oral presentation at the meeting.

Postdoctoral fellows, other trainees, and senior faculty (associate professor and above) are not eligible.

# This award is intended for an early-career researcher with a maximum of 10 years post-degree. It is, however, recognized that there may have been family-related, personal, or other circumstances resulting in extended time out of the laboratory. Exceptions to the 10-year limit will be considered based on a description of any special circumstances. Please email with inquiries.

Please submit award application by logging into your AAI member account at, choosing Award Application in the Member Services menu, and selecting Apply Now for the applicable award in the award list. All documents should be uploaded as a single combined PDF file with a file name of less than 25 characters. Please be aware that the single, combined PDF must be no larger than 20MB. Packages that are not complete will not be considered.

Please include the following in the application package:

  1. A cover letter – not to exceed two (2) pages – clearly designating “Pfizer-Showell Travel Award” and including the following information:
    • Full name (first, middle initial, last)
    • Title and affiliation
    • Current mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address
    • A brief statement of applicant’s research goals
  2. Applicant’s curriculum vitae, including current funding and past AAI awards (NIH Biosketch style)
  3. A copy of the abstract(s) submitted to IMMUNOLOGY 2020™, including the abstract submission ID number(s), title(s), complete author list(s) in order, and body text

Applications will be accepted beginning October 29, 2019. Complete application packages must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on December 17, 2019. Packages must be uploaded as a single combined PDF file through your AAI member account at Incomplete application packages or applications that do not comply with the stated instructions will not be considered. AAI will not accept materials sent separately, through regular mail, or by email. Final award decisions are at the discretion of AAI.

2020 Pfizer-Showell Travel Award Recipient

Robert Samstein

Robert Samstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mount Sinai

To recognize the professional promise of an early-career investigator

Past Recipients


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