• 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 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 accepted through March 2021. Special grant applications are reviewed in three rounds: December 15; January 31; and March 31. 

    Family medicine-based groups

    FMSO grant program offers two funding streams for family medicine-based groups. 

    To apply, read the application instructions.

    • 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

    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.

    To apply, read the application instructions.

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

    Get Inspired: Special Grant-funded Projects from 2019-2020

    Here are some of the ideas the AAFP and AAFP Foundation recently supported through special grants.

    • FMIG and Association of Native American Medical Students chapter pipeline program for elementary students.
    • Latino Medical Student Association chapter community outreach effort to provide education about conditions commonly treated in primary care.
    • LGBTQ+ Student Alliance fundraiser to improve visibility for primary care services available to patients with HIV/AIDS.
    • FMIG-led effort to launch and sustain a longitudinal extracurricular primary care clinical experience for medical students.

    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.

    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 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 to support basic operations and additional, plus special discretionary funding for exceptional 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.