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Student Leader fellowship

Are you a current PA student - or know of a student - who is interested in:

    • Service through leadership
    • Being a good steward of the PA profession
    • Being a change agent in healthcare
    • Improving organizational culture for PAs, PA students, and especially patients
    • Developing your professional network


    Consider applying for the LBGT PA Caucus Student Leader Fellowship!


    Student Leader Fellows are out and openly self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse PA student members of the LBGT PA Caucus who are chosen through a competitive selection process to participate in a 12-month fellowship to foster leadership and professional development within the PA profession.


    A $1000 travel stipend is available to offset the cost of attending AAPA's annual conference (distributed at the conference). Failure to attend the conference results in forfeiture of the stipend. Attendance at AAPA's Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) in March is recommended but not required  


    Applicants must be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse student members of the LBGT PA Caucus, currently enrolled in an accredited PA program at the time of the application deadline. Priority is given to student members who are actively involved with the Caucus.

    Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: overcoming adversity/inspiration, integrity, service, financial need, creativity and innovation, and knowledge, skills and abilities.

    Fellows are are chosen through a competitive selection process that considers an essay and a personal interview. Letters of recommendation from faculty are optional.


    • Attend at least one of the LBGT PA Caucus HOD Task Force calls prior to the AAPA Conference in May

    • Attend the AAPA Conference in May and participate with active involvement in the Caucus' activities as assigned during conference, such as: 
        • hosting the Exhibit Hall booths for a portion of each day during the exhibit hall sessions
        • attending all meetings and receptions
        • attending the House of Delegates daily with a mentor
    • Participate in a self-determined fellowship project during the leadership term
    • Author a personal essay of 300-350 words about your fellowship experience for distribution by the LBGT PA Caucus throughout the Caucus media channels, due by June 30 (speaking to experience with Conference, mentorship, networking, and professional development)
    • Call in to a minimum of 50% of LBGT PA board conference calls (these are monthly calls)
    • Alumni are expected to provide an exit interview at the conclusion of their fellowship term
    • Other activities that may be defined later, such as promoting the fellowship and encouraging engagement by potential applicants
    • Remain in good academic standing

    Fellowship Term

    The Fellowship term begins July 1 of the current year and runs through June 30 of the following year. 

    Note:  Honorarium will be awarded for attendance at the AAPA conference in May the year following that in which the application was submitted (i.e. at the end of the fellowship term). 


    1. Write an essay of 1-3 pages (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, 1” margins) including the following:

    • Address any issues which arose prior to or after enrollment in PA school that make you want to participate in the leadership of the Caucus.
    • Tell us what you hope to achieve through your involvement with the Caucus.
    • Tell us how you propose to contribute to achieving the mission and vision of the Caucus.
    • Discuss your professional goals as a graduate PA and how they relate to your experience as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse person.
    • Tell us how you have personally dealt with intolerance or discrimination towards you or a close friend based on sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. Are you satisfied with how you handled it, and if not, how might you have responded differently?
    • Tell us about your financial need for this award.

    2. Participate in an online interview.

    3. Letter of recommendation from faculty is OPTIONAL.

    4. Email completed  LBGT PA Student Leader Fellowship Application, essay, and any other attachments to info@lbgtpa.org


    Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST January 15.

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