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Ifeanyi Onyeji Medical Student Travel Award
In Loving Memory of Dr. Ifeanyi Onyeji

Dr. Ifeanyi C Onyeji was born in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to Greensboro, North Carolina at the age of 11. He attended Stanford University, graduating with the Deans Award for Academic Excellence and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. He was also a recipient of the Edmonds Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Human Biology and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Onyeji then matriculated to the Columbia University Valegos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he developed a special interested in Urology. Dr. Onyeji dedicated an additional year of his training to research and became well published in the field of andrology.

His academic achievements were matched with his commitment to service. During this time, he co-directed the Young Doctor's Initiative, which taught science classes to under-resourced children in NYC. This earned Dr. Onyeji the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Pipeline Mentoring Institute Grant. He graduated medical school with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Contributions to College of Physicians & Surgeons. In 2017, he matched into urologic surgery residency training program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Onyeji was a stellar physician and selfless mentor who was dedicated to mentoring the next generation of Black physicians, urologists, and scientists.

In honor of his legacy of mentorship, Urology Unbound is starting the Ifeanyi Onyeji Medical Student Travel Award, which will fund 3-5 Black medical students each year to travel to the American Urological Association Meeting to present their research.


Ifeanyi Onyeji Medical Student Travel Award


The purpose of this award is to support a networking and educational experience for Black medical students interested in pursuing a career in urology. The award will help to support the travel and registration expenses for students who are planning to present at least one accepted abstract at the 2023 AUA Annual Meeting In Chicago, Illinois (up to $1500). Only students who are presenting abstracts are eligible for this award. (Eligibility will be confirmed with the senior author on the accepted abstract for each selected student.)


  • Currently enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level U.S. health care program
  • Medical schools must be LCME Accredited U.S. Programs | LCME and COCA American Osteopathic Association | AOA accredited institutions. Applicants must be enrolled in culminating MD, MD/PhD, DO, or DO/PhD programs.
  • Only students who identify as Black/African-American are eligible for this award
  • Priority will be given to students who will be applying for the 2023/2024 Urology Match as well as students without a home urology program, but all students are encouraged to apply

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form/Online Application. Provide all information requested.
  • Personal statement written by the candidate (no longer than 300 words in length) describing the benefit the student expects to derive from attending the conference and the reasons for the candidate’s interest in the conference.
  • One letter of reference from faculty members from the applicant’s institution or an institution that the applicant has attended. The letter can be written by the senior mentor of the accepted abstract, but this is not required.
  • Curriculum vitae


Awardees will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of the potential professional benefit to the awardees.

An advisory committee consisting of academic urologists and relatives of Dr. Onyeji will carefully reviews applications. Please note that when reviewing applications, the Award Selection Committee will also strongly consider the following factors:

  • First-time AUA attendees
  • Applicants with no home urology program
  • Applicants who will be applying in the 2023/2024 Urology Match

Award Conditions and Reporting

  • In addition to scientific sessions, awardees must attend all special events organized for them during the AUA meeting
  • Awardees must submit a written report commenting on the scientific sessions that they attended after the duration of the meeting
  • According to IRS regulations, the award is subject to federal income tax. Award recipients will receive additional related information.

How to Apply

Download and complete the application by clicking the button below and include the required application materials. Complete applications must be submitted to: on or before January 30, 2023. 

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