• Family Medicine Student Organization Grant Program

    Supporting students working to create change locally and advance family medicine

    The Family Medicine Student Organization (FMSO) Grant Program funds a variety of medical student organizations and clubs at osteopathic and allopathic medical schools doing innovative work to grow and diversify the family medicine workforce and advance primary care.

    FMSO grant program, formerly called the FMIG Funding Initiative, is 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 FMSO grants will fund grassroots, local efforts by interest groups and other student clubs to increase exposure to family medicine careers that will ultimately make transformation possible.

    AAFP Foundation

    The FMSO grant program is made possible through generous donations to the AAFP Foundation.



    Available Grant Options

    Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are open.

    Family medicine-based groups

    FMSO grant program offers two funding streams for family medicine-based groups like family medicine interest groups and chapters of the Student Association of the ACOFP. Learn more about the funding options available and the application details.

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

    Deadline: March 31, 2022

    • Special grant funding is intended to support a new effort, such as a new or revamped event, project, or program that is creative, innovative, collaborative, and/or dynamic..

    Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Review dates are: December 15, January 17, March 31.


    Non-Family medicine based groups

    FMSO grant program 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 the funding option available and application details.

    • Special grant funding is intended to support a new effort, such as a new or revamped event, project, or program that is creative, innovative, collaborative, and/or dynamic..

    Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Review dates are: December 15, January 17, March 31.


    Learn more about FMSO Grant Program

    What type of effort is the FMSO special grant 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.

    Special grant projects must be creative, innovative, collaborative, and/or dynamic.

    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.

    Non-qualifying projects include fundraisers, regular group meeting needs, annual programming, and projects not tied to family medicine. If you are curious to know if a project would qualify for a special grant, please email us.

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

    Who's eligible for FMSO funding?

    All student organizations are eligible to apply for FMSO special grants. Family medicine groups of any kind are also eligible for core grant 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 club 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 through the core grant to support basic operations and additional funding through the special grant for qualifying efforts).
    • Other student clubs are eligible for up to $500 in special 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.