Frequently Asked Questions

National LGBTQ+ Fellowship FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship?

The National LGBTQ+ Fellowship will be granted to fully licensed and accredited institutions and organizations, not individuals, that have direct responsibility for at least one graduate medical training program.

How and when do I apply for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship?

Applications for the 2022 National LGBTQ+ Fellowship program will open in November 2022. Please email Faith Bitterman at to be notified of the Open Call for Letters of Intent.

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Who selects the grant recipient for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship?

Fellowship will be awarded based on a rigorous peer-review process involving our LGBTQ+ Fellowship Commission, LGBTQ Honor Fund Founding Donors, and AMAF Board of Directors.

How will the proposals be evaluated as you determine a grant recipient?

Overarching review criteria are listed in the introduction section of the application found here. The LGBTQ+ Fellowship RFP was purposely left broad to encourage applying institutions to submit innovative approaches to LGBTQ+ health care in graduate medical education. The inaugural institution should be able to detail their access to and quality of care of LGBTQ+ patients, impact within the institution and community and field-building capacity.

How is the application timeline structured and when are funds awarded?

The AMA Foundation will open its call for Letters of Intent on November 1, 2021, with the application closing at 12:00 PM CT on January 7, 2022. After a peer-review from the LGBTQ+ Fellowship Commission, select institutions will be invited to submit a Request for Proposals (RFP) starting on January 10, 2022. Full proposals will be due at 11:59 PM CT on February 18, 2022. The Foundation will announce the inaugural institution in June 2022.

Are there priority areas or specialties for the Foundation’s funding?

The Foundation does not prioritize a specialty or area of focus for this program. Fellowships can be housed in any specialty, including but not limited to pediatric or adult primary care, specialty care, surgical domains, infectious disease, sexual health, ethics of health care and more.

Can my teaching institution partner with a hospital or other organization and jointly apply for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship?

Yes, the Foundation welcomes applications that offer innovative and holistic approaches to the inaugural LGBTQ+ Fellowship.

I’m interested in underwriting a Fellowship, can I designate where it goes?

For any questions regarding donation designation or special giving, please contact Sandi Smith, Director of Advancement at

What costs does the Fellowship cover?

Grant funding will support a stipend for each fellow and Program Director, development of the curriculum, fringe costs, and more. Each institution is responsible for outlining the expected expenses for the fellowship program in its application for grant funding.

What are the expectations of the Fellows and the institution?

The fellowship grant of up to $750,000 is designed to support one year of program infrastructure design and curriculum development, and three years of recruitment and selection of at least one qualified candidate per year. Institutions are expected to provide fellowship training experience, institutional capacity-building opportunities and establish partnerships with outside organizations. Awarded institutions and fellows will conduct program reporting and participate in national conferences.

If I have questions, who can I contact?

If you have any questions about the AMA Foundation National LGBTQ+ Fellowship, or proposal submission, please contact Sandi Smith, Director of Advancement at

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