Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services Application Process

INFORMS Health Applications Society (HAS) is seeking nominations/applications to 2018 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations by identifying young and promising researchers during their doctoral studies.

The scholarship offers a research fund of $4,000, and the opportunity to apply for an additional support of $1,000 to cover expenses that will be incurred during the winner’s travel to 2018 INFORMS Annual Conference. Starting with the year after the award is won; the winner also becomes eligible to apply for further research funds that are annually offered by Seth Bonder Research Foundation exclusively to former Bonder Scholars. Bonder Scholars also find the privilege to speak and disseminate their research in designated “Bonder Scholars” sessions at INFORMS Annual Meetings.

Doctoral students building creative work with strong academic rigor and/or practical relevance at the crossroads of operations research/operations management and healthcare are all encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 2018, (midnight Pacific Standard Time) and must consist of the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant which must include the applicant’s complete educational history with dates (in months and years) of enrollment in graduate studies 
  • Two letters of support one of which is expected to be from the applicant’s main academic advisor (or dissertation committee chair) and this letter must include a statement that the applicant has completed at least one academic year but no more than three academic years in any doctoral program. Applicants’ reference providers should separately address their nominations/support letters to the email address provided below subject to the same deadline set for the applicants.
  • A one-page career goals statement describing why the candidate is interested in applying operations research/operations management to healthcare issues and problems 
  • A three-page summary of proposed program of research including all graphics and technical supplements (the three page limit does not include the references to be cited therein). Applicants should pay special attention to delineating the completed and projected contributions of their doctoral studies within this three page document.

All applications, support letters and additional required materials should be submitted to:

All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the competition by August 2018.

The scholarship will be granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, candidate’s preparation to undertake the proposed program of research, and likelihood of success in his/her projected plan. 

Interested candidates may visit the link below to learn important details such as the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria:

All further questions about the award should be addressed to the committee chair Burhan Sandikci at the email address