Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

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Family Medicine Leads (FML) Scholarships to National Conference are provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. Family Medicine Leads(www.aafpfoundation.org) 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 family physicians across the country.

In 2018, 250 scholarships will be awarded to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, August 2–4 in Kansas City, MO. 

Scholarship Categories


FML Scholarship Information

  • The number of scholarships in each category varies from year to year depending on the funding level and the number of applicants.
  • Scholarship recipients are 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 are awarded at National Conference. If you are unable to attend the Conference, your scholarship will be forfeited.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to apply. New or lapsed memberships may require a minimum of two business days to process. Please plan accordingly as late applications will not be accepted. Join now.
  • You may only apply to one scholarship category each year (i.e. if you apply for Student Primary Care Champion this year, you may not also apply for FMIG Leader this year).
  • You are not eligible to apply if you previously received a National Conference scholarship from the AAFP Foundation (excluding Emerging Leader Institute).
  • Scholarships are based on your status during the 2018-19 academic year. Please apply to scholarship categories accordingly. 
  • You must be able to attend the entire National Conference (defined as arriving no later than noon on Thursday, August 2, and leaving no earlier than noon on Saturday, August 4).
  • You must agree to the Family Medicine Leads Scholarship Agreement(1 page PDF).

Submission Guidelines

The online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.  Before starting your application, have all materials and information listed below ready and in the required format.

  • Contact information
    • Please provide personal email address as medical school/residency email systems often have spam filters/firewalls that hamper the receipt of external emails.
  • Answers to questions (see specific scholarship for questions)
    • It is recommended that you type your answers in a separate document and cut and paste them into the application as you may not save your application and return to resume it at a later time.
  • Please note, the AAFP is committed to building a diverse workforce. You will have the option to indicate on your application whether you identify as someone underrepresented in medicine.

The required online application must be completed and submitted to the AAFP by May 1, 2018.  Winners will be notified by May 31. 

Writing Tips

  • When writing your answers, keep in mind that hundreds of applications are received and reviewed by the judges.
  • Make your application stand out and try to avoid clichés.
  • As the application is a chance for the judges to learn about you and your goals, you are encouraged to provide thoughtful and authentic answers.

If you have questions about any National Conference scholarships, email Rachel Larsen or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6720.


Scholarship Categories

Early Career Student (Rising M1-M3)

Students who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes three questions. Students must be a M1-M3 student during the 2018-19 academic year to apply.
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Student (Rising M4) or Resident Primary Care Champion

Students or residents who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes three questions. To apply for the student scholarship, you must be a M4 student during the 2018-19 academic year.
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Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leaders

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leaders scholarship is open to current or incoming FMIG, ACOFP Student Chapter, or other Student Primary Care Interest Group leaders. You must hold FMIG/SIG leadership position in 2018-19 academic year to apply. Students who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application (including contact information for your FMIG/SIG faculty advisor) that includes three questions. You must be a medical student during the 2018-19 academic year to apply.
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Additional Scholarship Opportunity: Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute -- March 1 deadline

Enhance your leadership skills and earn a $1,000 scholarship to attend National Conference through the Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute. Applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Medical student applicants must be in second, third, or fourth year of medical school when the program begins. Resident applicants must be in first, second, or third year of residency when program begins.
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