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

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Ifeanyi C. Onyeji immigrated to Greensboro, North Carolina at the age of 11. A distinguished scholar, he graduated from Stanford University with the Dean's 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 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society member.

Dr. Onyeji then pursued a medical education at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he developed a special interest in Urology. He dedicated an additional year of his training to research and became well-published in the field of andrology. Beyond academic achievements, Dr. Onyeji also exemplified a strong 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 the College of Physicians & Surgeons. In 2017, he joined the urologic surgery residency training program at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Onyeji was a stellar physician and selfless mentor dedicated to mentoring the next generation of Black physicians, urologists, and scientists. In recognition of his legacy of mentorship, Urology Unbound proudly presents the Ifeanyi Onyeji Medical Student Travel Award, now in its second year. This award will fund up to 3 Black medical students each year to travel to the American Urological Association Meeting to present their research.


Ifeanyi Onyeji Medical Student Travel Award


This award supports the networking and educational experience for Black medical students aspiring to pursue a career in Urology. It aims to assist with travel and registration expenses for students who are planning to present at least one accepted abstract at the 2024 AUA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas (up to $1500). Eligibility for this award is exclusive to students presenting abstracts, and confirmation will be sought from 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 2024/2025 Urology Match, and those without a home urology program. However, all students are encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form/Online Application: Provide all requested information.
  • Personal statement (no longer than 300 words): Describe the benefits expected from attending the conference and reasons for the candidate’s interest in the conference.
  • One Letter of Reference: Obtain a reference letter from a faculty member at 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 based on their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of potential professional benefits.

An advisory committee consisting of academic urologists and individuals related to Dr. Onyeji will thoroughly reviews applications. Please note that the Award Selection Committee will strongly consider the following factors:

  • First-time AUA attendees
  • Applicants with no home urology program
  • Applicants intending to apply in the 2024/2025 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 meeting's duration.
  • 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 February 8, 2024.

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