The ASPIRE Fellowship is an exciting and novel training program to develop the next generation of pulmonary & sleep physician-scientists and leaders. 

A collaborative effort led by Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, UC San Diego, & University of Chicago, ASPIRE will provide outstanding internal medicine or ORL residents the opportunity to participate in ACGME-accredited fellowships in pulmonary & critical care and sleep medicine as well as research training over a total of 4-4.5 years. Fellows do not need to come from the primary ASPIRE institutions but the institution needs a T32 grant or RO1 funded faculty. International fellows are welcome to apply.  

Benefits for trainees include:

  • shared resources and collaboration across all six academic medical centers

  • research mentorship by a committee comprised of faculty from various institutions

  • an annual stipend increase

  • the opportunity to visit other training sites

Note that acceptance to ASPIRE is independent of acceptance into the  Sleep and Pulmonary Training programs which follow routine fellowship procedures. 


Fellows will be required to do pulmonary/sleep research. Training would align with the ACGME guidelines, but the order of training and the time slots for clinical sleep training during the research portions of the program would be flexible at each institution

Fellows would complete:

  • 12 months of pulmonary or ORL

  • 6 months of critical care (optional)

  • 1 year of clinical sleep (optional)

  • 1.5 - 2 years of research training


ASPIRE fellows receive stipends to help support training and research needs and also benefit from shared mentorship from leaders across the US.  The stipend could be used for conferences, courses or research endeavors.

Funding will be administered through the ATS Foundation. We have also received industry funds to support this program including:

  • Philips Respironics

  • Resmed

  • Fisher & Paykel

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