Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellowship

Eligibility requirements and submission guidelines for this fellowship to support specific periodontal research.


The $50,000 Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellowship is intended to support specific periodontal research. The award, which is underwritten by Sunstar, is intended to supplement the fellow’s income and not intended to replace any salary or stipend to which the Fellow would otherwise be entitled.


Full-time periodontal educators engaged in periodontally-related research at U.S. programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be board-certified in periodontology.


Completed applications must be received by the AAP Foundation by June 1.


  • Current CV
  • A 750-word personal statement detailing his/her professional achievements, clinical research studies, career goals and future plans, and financial circumstances.
  • A five (5) page research protocol outlining how the applicant will address one or more of these objectives: Effect of probiotics on oral conditions (periodontal diseases, caries), Novel approaches to periodontal bone regeneration, Novel biofilm control measures for the prevention/treatment of oral diseases, Relationship between oral and systemic health
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: Two (2) must be written by periodontal professionals, One (1) must be written by the Department Chair or program director


Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAPF President. The Committee shall make the final decisions on which applications are chosen for the program.

For More Information

If you have additional questions regarding any AAP Foundation Awards, please contact:

Ariel A. Medoff, MA, MLIS
Awards Coordinator
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
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“I feel better and better each day that I teach. I consider myself a privileged individual for having a job that I love in a wonderful institution. At the same time, having the ability to positively influence the careers and lives of the students with whom I interact makes it feel even better. My own personal experiences as a student helped me understand the importance of mentorship, therefore, I try my best to inspire and support pre- and post-doctoral students alike. I think my progression over the past two years has been tremendous in part because of the peace of mind afforded by the AAP Foundation Teaching Fellowship I was awarded in 2011; I can focus on being the best teacher and researcher I can be without worrying about finances,” says Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD. 


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Congratulations to Fatemeh “Flora” Momen-Heravi, DDS, PhD, (2017 Educator Scholar, 2018 Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award Recipient) assistant professor of dental medicine at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who was named the 2020 recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship. The award provides early-career women researchers in the field of oral biology with financial support for training and research activities that will advance their academic careers. Read more here.

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