Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

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All scholarships to National Conference are provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation through its Family Medicine Leads(www.aafpfoundation.org) (FML) program.  Family Medicine Leads focuses on filling the workforce pipeline with the best and the brightest as well as supporting the development of future family medicine leaders.

All scholarships are made possible by the donations of individual family physicians across the country.

In 2016, 220 scholarships were awarded to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, Missouri from July 28-30. Scholarship recipients were selected by a panel of judges. The $600 scholarship is intended to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, meals) to attend National Conference. All scholarship checks will be awarded at National Conference. If you are unable to attend the conference, your scholarship will be forfeited.

The 2017 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute application process opens December 14. All other National Conference scholarship applications open in January 2017.  

Scholarship Categories


Family Medicine Leads (FML) 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.

The 2017 FML Emerging Leader Institute application process opens December 14.

If you have additional questions about the FML Emerging Leader Institute(www.aafpfoundation.org), please contact Phyllis Naragon at 1-800-274-2237, ext. 4410.

*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.


  • 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.

2016 Scholarship Winners

These students and residents were recognized by the AAFP for their interest in family medicine and committment to providing patient-centered care.

See the winners >>(4 page PDF)

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 typed 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.

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.