National Conference Scholarships

The required online application must be completed and submitted to the AAFP by May 1, 2016.  Winners will be notified by May 31. If you have any questions about any conference scholarships, contact Amy Mulligan Kennedy at (800) 274-2237, ext. 6735.

Scholarship Categories

First-time Student Attendee   

  • Students who wish to apply for the award must complete an application and prepare a 500-word, one-page typed essay on the following topics: Explain why you are interested in family medicine and why you want to attend National Conference.
  • You must be a medical student during the 2016-17 academic year to apply.  You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2016.

Scholarship for Residents and Returning Students 

  • Award applicants must be a family medicine resident (first time attendee or returning) or medical student who has previously attended National Conference.
  • If applying as a student you must be a medical student during the 2016-17 academic year.  You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2016.
  • Residents who wish to apply for the award must complete an application and prepare a 500-word, one-page types essay on the following topics: Tell us your story. Explain what you believe a career in family medicine holds for you and why you want to attend National Conference.
  • Students who wish to apply for the award must complete an application and prepare a 500-word, one-page typed essay on the following topics: Tell us your story. Describe how family medicine has influenced your medical training experience and why you want to attend National Conference.

Minority Scholarship Program for Family Medicine Residents

  • Minority family medicine residents (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Hispanic or Latino) who wish to apply for this award must complete an application and prepare a 500-word, one-page typed essay on the following topics:  Tell us your story.  Explain why you chose family medicine and why you want to attend National Conference.

Essay Tips

  • Your essay must be no more than one typed page, 500 words maximum.
  • Please include your full name at the top of the essay and preferably save as a .pdf.
  • When writing your essay, keep in mind that hundreds of applications are received and reviewed by the judges.
  • Make your essay stand out and try to avoid clichés.
  • Since the essay is a chance for judges to learn about you and your goals, you are encouraged to be thoughtful and authentic.
  • Organize your essay so it supports the major point you are trying to communicate.

Minority Scholarship Program for Medical Students 

  • Minority medical students (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Hispanic or Latino) who wish to apply for this award must complete an application and prepare a 500-word, one-page typed essay on the following topics:  Tell us your story.  Describe how family medicine has influenced your medical training experience and why you want to attend National Conference.
  • You must be a medical student during the 2016-17 academic year to apply.  You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2016.

 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leadership Award 

  • Students who wish to apply for this award must complete an application, including contact information for your FMIG coordinator, and submit a description of an FMIG project, your role in that project, how you exhibit leadership on your medical school campus, and your reasons for wanting to attend National Conference.
  • Award applicants are not limited to FMIG presidents/coordinators or other elected leaders. Students who are recognized for developing and orchestrating individual FMIG projects, especially new and innovative activities, are encouraged to apply.
  • Award recipients are required to attend the FMIG workshop sessions, FMIG Networking Breakfast, and be willing to provide feedback to the program planners on those events.
  • You must be a medical student during the 2016-17 academic year to apply. You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2016.

Additional Scholarship Opportunity: Family Medicine Leads - Emerging Leader Institute

A Program of the AAFP Foundation*

Enhance your leadership skills and earn a scholarship to attend National Conference through the Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute.

Requirements: Must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Medical students must be in second, third, or fourth year of medical school when the program begins. Residents must be in first, second, or third year of residency when program begins. 

Three documents are required in order to complete the application process: the FML Emerging Leader Institute application, curriculum vitae (CV), and a letter of recommendation.

This exciting new program will be held following National Conference on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday morning, July 31.

If you have additional questions about the FML Emerging Leader Institute(www.aafpfoundation.org), please contact Erika Perkins at 1-800-274-2237, ext. 4458.

*Please note that all FML Emerging Leader Institute scholarships include your attendance to National Conference.  As this is a heavily competitive opportunity we encourage you to also apply for a FML Scholarship to attend National Conference. Your FML Scholarship application will be considered only if you are not selected for the FML Emerging Leader Institute.