New PHC grant program supports med student projects that enhance community health

November 05, 2021

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) today launched a new grant program to support current medical students seeking funding for projects that enhance the health and well-being of California’s communities.

The funds are a part of a new program offered by PHC called MedStudentsServe, which funds medical students or student organizations to support educational, advocacy, community service and outreach programs. Funded through endowment and restricted funds and administered by PHC, the program aims to develop the next generation of California’s physician leaders.

Eligible applicants include California-based medical student clubs, student organizations and group projects based at an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. Applicants do not need to be a 501(c)(3) organization.

Awardees will receive up to $5,000 to support their project with 50% of the funds awarded upon signing the awardee agreement and the remaining 50% upon completion of the project and approval of the mandatory final report, which serves as a summary of the project and its impact.

Priority will be given to projects for which funding is not traditionally provided by medical schools or local community sponsors. Sample projects include family health fairs, student-run community health screenings, educational programs for youth, public health outreach initiatives, mentoring programs, safety fairs and more.

To apply, applicants must submit:

  • A one-page (maximum 300 words) statement describing the project or program and its contribution to the community and to medical student education
  • Contact information from the medical school dean or faculty member affirming “good standing” status of the organization
  • A brief budget explaining how the total requested funds will be utilized and indicating estimated expenses

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early; the application window for the initial grant cycle closes on January 17, 2022.

For more information, please visit the MedStudentsServe webpage.


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