Family Medicine Student Organization
Grant Program

Supporting students working to create change locally and advance family medicine

The FMSO Grant application cycle is currently closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Student groups will have the opportunity to apply for funding again starting in August 2020 through March 2021.

The Family Medicine Student Organization (FMSO) Grant Program is a new grant program that will fund a variety of medical student groups doing innovative work to grow and diversify the family medicine workforce and advance primary care.

FMSO grants are proudly supported by the AAFP and AAFP Foundation. The AAFP and the AAFP Foundation know that family medicine is the answer to many of the challenges facing communities today. Family physicians increase lifespan, decrease health care costs, and are more likely to work in underserved areas than other physicians and health professionals. Family physicians also make up the bulk of the nation's primary care physician workforce and are the most in-demand physicians in the country. 

Helping medical students champion family medicine

Achieving the growth of family medicine on a scale large enough to meet America’s needs is only going to happen with organized collectives of students helping to lead the charge. This is why FMSOG will fund grassroots, local efforts to increase exposure to family medicine careers that will ultimately make transformation possible.


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FMSO grants is made possible through generous donations to the AAFP Foundation.


Watch: How Students Can Help Build the Primary Care Workforce

Available grant options

Family medicine-based groups

FMSOG offers two funding streams for family medicine-based groups.

Core grant funding supports regular FMIG operations. To receive it, you only need to share information about your family medicine group.

Special grant funding is intended to support a new effort, such as a new or revamped event, project, or program.

Non-Family medicine based groups

FMSOG offers special grant funding to all student group types, not just family medicine interest groups or Student Chapters of the ACOFP. More important than your group type is the connection of the funding request and how it promotes family medicine.

Learn more about FMSOG

■ What type of effort is this program looking to support?

These grants will support broad efforts to advance family medicine. Student groups will know best what values they share with family medicine, and how to put family medicine in the forefront in a way that aligns with their group’s overall mission.

Grant proposals should clearly demonstrate how efforts will elevate or advance family medicine locally. Creative project or event proposals are encouraged, as are proposals that may be more conventional, for example starting a new program to engage children in health care careers.

Family medicine specialty groups: Please note that in addition to special grant funding, you are also eligible for basic funding that would support maintaining essential, regular family medicine interest group (FMIG) activities such as lectures or workshops.

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Contact AAFP staff at or call (913) 906-6366.

■ Who's eligible for FMSOG funding?

  • Family medicine specialty-based groups at allopathic and osteopathic medicine schools, including FMIGs or otherwise-named family medicine student interest groups and student chapters of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
  • Family medicine specialty interest groups associated with those international medical schools that make a significant contribution to the U.S. family medicine workforce*, including groups at clinical training sites in the U.S.
  • Any group whose values and vision align with promoting family medicine, including groups that are focused on a certain area of medicine (street medicine, global health, rural health etc.), primary care in general, or meeting population/community needs (LMSA, APAMSA, SNMA, etc.). Student groups focused on specific advocacy or causes that align with the mission and values of family medicine may also be eligible, for example a chapter of the American Medical Student Association working on National Primary Care Week

Learn more about the AAFP’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

*Qualifying international medical schools are: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados; St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada; American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Saint Maarten; American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbados; Saba University School of Medicine, Saba; University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts; Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla, and Bonaire/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Medical University of the Americas, St. Kitts and Nevis; Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts and Nevis; University of Guadalajara, Mexico; American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine, Saint Maarten/Barbados; and Trinity School of Medicine, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

■ How much funding is available?

Funding levels vary depending on student group type and strength of project or initiative proposal, if pursuing extra grant support.

  • Family medicine specialty interest groups are eligible for up to $1,000 in grant funding (funding to support basic operations and additional, discretionary funding for exceptional efforts).
  • Other student groups are eligible for up to $500 in grant funding to support efforts specifically related to family medicine and primary care, especially those with goals to grow the workforce.

Funds are limited, so consider applying as early as possible. Applying to the grant program does not guarantee funding.

How is this program different from the FMIG Funding Initiative?

FMSOG is an exciting, new opportunity for FMIGs and other medical student groups that want to create change in their communities. It's an expanded version of what has long been known as the AAFP/AAFP Foundation FMIG Funding Initiative.

FMSOG makes it possible for even more types of student groups to receive funding support. The program also provides additional funding for new types of projects.

The AAFP and AAFP Foundation continue to offer foundational funding support for FMIGs in the U.S. through this expanded grant program. Award levels for starting, maintaining, or significantly growing an FMIG are the same or more than in previous years under the Funding Initiative.  

The AAFP and AAFP Foundation know students have the answers when it comes to the best way to advance family medicine at their schools and beyond. Both organizations are excited to do more to help students organize and innovate to achieve their vision for primary care in America.

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Contact AAFP staff at or call (913) 906-6366.