The Gold Foundation is delighted to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2022 Gold Student Summer Fellowships, which empower medical students to tackle a research or service project related to underserved populations and community health. The deadline is March 20.
“This is a fantastic program for medical students to explore how they can make a direct impact on the communities around them,” said Louisa Tvito, Director of Program Initiatives and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. “We’ve seen such inspiring projects from students over the years. We encourage students to examine the needs in their communities and consider how they can help through a research or service initiative.”
Students may apply as individuals or in a group. Each fellowship includes a single project stipend up to $4,000 for a 10-week period. The Gold Foundation does not require a project budget as the funds are meant to generally support the student(s) and their work during the fellowship period.
Projects must address the challenges of health inequities, enhance culturally responsive practice, and/or address community health needs. The fellowship is designed to help medical students develop skills to become compassionate and relationship-centered physicians. Projects must also include a significant level of patient interaction. If there are obstacles with this component of your project due to COVID-19 restrictions, please address it specifically in your proposal.
The Gold Foundation is particularly interested in creative projects that:
- focus on improving the health and lives of traditionally underserved populations
- encourage collegial and interprofessional teamwork
- are designed and implemented by students
- encourage a lasting or systemic change
Past projects have focused on topics such as addressing language-based barriers to mental health resources, helping refugee communities’ bridge health gaps, creating resources for children with incarcerated parents, examining vaccine perceptions in patients who are homeless, and much more. Read about the 2021 Gold Student Summer Fellowships.
Medical students at an accredited U.S. or Canadian school of allopathy or osteopathy, or at any school in the world with a Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter, are eligible to apply. All projects require the oversight of a mentor, and the student(s) is responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor from their school.
Learn more and submit your proposal here.