Foundation Grants for Medical Students
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Innovation Grants and David Mersy, MD, Summer Externship

All MAFP medical student members are invited to apply for an Innovation Grant and/or David Mersy, MD, Summer Externship. Both give students the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, practice-based research and clinical care. Awards are funded by the MAFP Foundation.


Innovation Grant

Students may apply for an Innovation Grant as an individual or with a team. Projects should focus on improving patient care and outcomes and be important to family physicians.

Grant Categories

  • Family medicine research
  • Clinical innovations improving patient care
  • Clinic-community partnerships/outreach
  • Healthcare policy/family medicine advocacy

Grant Cycle
The MAFP Foundation reviews grant applications every May, September and December and selects awardees.

Application Deadlines
September 1 and December 1, 2019

May 1, September 1 and December 1, 2020

Grant Funding
Up to $1,000

Application Checklist

  • Applicants must be members of the AAFP/MAFP. Membership is FREE.
    • Not sure if you’re a member? Check with the family medicine department at your medical school.
    • Not a member? Apply online.
  • Applicants must work with a family physician mentor. Mentors must also be members of AAFP/MAFP. Need assistance finding a mentor? Email Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.
  • Your project must fall under one of the grant categories identified above.
  • Projects must be based in Minnesota.
  • We do not fund travel to conferences.

Apply for a Grant

  1. Download the Student Innovation Grant Application (PowerPoint slide), complete it and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org. (See sample grant application.)
  2. Have your family physician mentor write a letter of support and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.

Award Process

  • Applicants are notified of funding status by email within three weeks of the application deadline.
  • Grants are considered taxable income.
  • Awardees have up to 12 months to complete their project AND are required to share project findings at the MAFP Innovation & Research Forum, held annually on the first Saturday in March.


David Mersy, MD, Summer Externship

Medical students with a passion for under-resourced communities (urban or rural) may apply for a summer externship that allows the student(s) to explore the specialty of family medicine.

Externship Focus
Projects may be observational, clinic-/community-based or research-oriented and should focus on improving patient care.

Externship Funding
$2,000 stipend, plus a $500 award for the family physician mentor or the host community/clinic

Application Deadline

 May 1, 2020

Application Checklist

  • Applicants must be members of the AAFP/MAFP. Membership is FREE.
    • Not sure if you’re a member? Check with the family medicine department at your medical school.
    • Not a member? Apply online.
  • Applicants must work with a family physician mentor from a rural or urban clinic. Mentors must also be members of AAFP/MAFP. Need assistance finding a mentor? Email Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.
  • Projects must be based in Minnesota.

Apply for the Summer Externship

  1. Develop a four-, six- or eight-week onsite experience, which may include clinical observation, patient care/safety, family medicine research and/or a clinic-community partnership.  Projects must take place in Minnesota.  
  2. Download the Externship Application (PowerPoint slide), complete it and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.
  3. Budgets should include project expenses and reasonable personnel expenses. We do not fund travel to conferences. 
  4. Have your family physician mentor write a letter of support and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.

Award Process

  • Applicants are notified of funding status by email within three weeks of the application deadline.
  • Grants are considered taxable income.
  • Awardees have up to 12 months to complete their project AND are required to share project findings at the MAFP Innovation & Research Forum, held annually on the first Saturday in March.
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