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 2021 National LGBTQ+ Fellowship have closed. Our next anticipated grant cycle will open in fall 2021.

Who selects the inaugural institution for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship?

Fellowships will be awarded based on a rigorous peer-review process involving our LGBTQ+ Fellowship Commission 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 grant cycle structured and when are funds awarded?

The AMA Foundation will open its call for Letters of Intent on February 1, 2021, with the application closing at 5:00 PM CT on March 1, 2021. After a peer-review from the LGBTQ+ Fellowship Commission, select institutions will be invited to submit a Request for Proposals (RFP) starting on April 1, 2021. Full proposals will be due at 11:59 PM CT on April 30, 2021. The Foundation will announce the inaugural institution in June 2021.

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 inaugural institution?

The inaugural institution will develop LGBTQ+ curricula as well as recruit and train one LGBTQ+ health fellow each year over a three-year grant period. The inaugural institution and fellow 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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