The Dr. Colin Richman and Family Perio.-Ortho. Interface award


A $20,000 fellowship will be awarded annually to one or more individuals. 


Fellowship applicants must be a periodontist resident, orthodontist resident or young faculty member with five or fewer years in academia at an accredited institution.


Candidates may apply through June 1 via the link below.

Application for the Dr. Colin Richmand and Family Perio.-Ortho. Interface Award.


  • Completed Application
  • 750 word maximum personal statement
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 7-10 page research project


The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAP Foundation President. Applicants will receive news about their application status within a month of their deadline.


Alveolar bone deficiencies provide excellent opportunities to incorporate new and innovative multidisciplinary therapies into periodontal practice. This, coupled with an appreciation that management of the airway is an essential component of orthodontic success and the health of associated periodontal tissues, provides a new paradigm of treatment, with particular implications to periodontal practice.

Innovative procedures, combining regenerative periodontal therapy with orthodontic treatment, enables periodontists to minimize iatrogenic risk factors, associated with orthodontic therapy, such as gingival recession, post orthodontic relapse and apical root resorption. Most importantly, the ability of the periodontist to work in concert with the orthodontist to accelerate orthodontic treatment and minimize untoward outcomes, may assist otherwise resistant patients to undergo comprehensive treatment.

$20,000-$40,000 will be awarded annually to one or more individuals through a generous grant from Dr. Colin Richman.

Immediate family members of the Foundation Board of Directors, officers, and selection committee members are not eligible to apply for the fellowship.The award is to be used exclusively for perio/ortho interphase research purposes and not to be used to replace support that would have normally been provided by the recipient's institution.The award should be considered a supplement to any salary, stipend or research support.

The award will be made to an individual performing clinical or basic science research related to the orthodontic/periodontal interphase. An individual may receive a maximum of two awards.


Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Richman attended school in South Africa and England before receiving his periodontal certificate from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Richman is a leading periodontist in Georgia. He has extensive training and experience in periodontology and has presented more than 350 lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He is a former assistant professor at the Emory University School of Dentistry and a former clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Richman serves as a faculty member at the Georgia Health Sciences University.

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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Phone: 800-282-4867, ext. 3254 or 312-573-3254
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