Dear medical students worldwide,

 The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), together with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA), is pleased to share with you the call for applications for the AMEE Student Initiatives Grant of up to 6000 GBP to be attributed to the four winner projects.

About AMEE

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organisation with members in more than 100 countries on five continents. Members include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions. AMEE  promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.  You can find more information through the website www.amee.org.

About the Student Initiatives Grant

The goal of this grant is to provide students with a funding contribution to support student-led activities that aim to improve medical education. These can be activities such as trainings, workshops, conferences, projects and so on. Examples of areas in which these activities could take place include but are not limited to meaningful student engagement, improving the quality of medical education and research in medical education. You will find a short activity description of the most recent grant recipients in the links below.

Previous Grant Winners:

So far, the three winning projects selected in 2019 have not been implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams have provided their reformulation (including the budgets), due to the limitations imposed by the prevention security measures

AMEE Student Initiative Grant

AMEE is grateful because in 2019 ScholarRx decided to support the AMEE Student Initiatives Grant by making an annual contribution of £4000. [Madalena 1] With the past AMEE award, consistent of £2000, this makes £6000 available per year to be attributed as described below.

  • There will be one round each year
  • We will award four contributions with up to £750 each year to be spent on the projects’ expenses. Over the last years, funds allocated have ranged from £500-£750.  Any remaining money will complete funding explained in bullet 4 below.  
  • The four Winning Projects receive half of the grant before the start of the projects with the other half being attributed after successful evaluation of the respective ‘Implementation Report’.
  • The winning projects will be re rated after implementation according to the evaluation results and an overall winning project will be announced
  • £3000 will be used towards the Overall Winning Project (based on the evaluation of the four Implementation Reports) to cover the registration, travel and accommodation costs of the project team to attend the AMEE Annual Conference, where they are invited to present their project.  
  • The 4 Winner projects are invited to present their work at the AMEE Annual Conference, in a Short Communication or Poster Session  
  • Future scheduling of this initiative is described below
  • A certificate of achievement from AMEE recognizing the Grant winners and appreciating their efforts in contribution to the development of the field of medical education.

Applications will be judged based on criteria described above. Please refer to the short ‘tips’ document, here that we created to help you with your application.

Timeline

Project timelines

WHEN WHAT
October 5 Announcement of the award & call for application is made at the AMEE and IFMSA websites

Announcement of the award & call for application is going to be made to all AMEE Institutional Members

November 30 Closing date for application
December 31 Announcement of the 4 Award Winner Projects
January 1 – May 30 Implementation of the 4 winner projects
June 1 Deadline for submitting the 4 Implementation Reports

Deadline for submitting  the 4 Presentations to the  AMEE Annual Conference

June 30  Information on the BEST Winner Project (which expenses will be covered to attend the AMEE Annual Conference)
August 20-27 Presentation of  the  Winner Projects at AMEE Annual Conference
Eligibility Criteria

Individual students and student organizations can apply if they are:

  • Paid AMEE Student Member and/or
  • Member of an Institutional Member of the IFMSA and/or EMSA networks
  • Student from any School being an AMEE Institutional Member
Eligible Projects

Only projects that fulfill the following criteria are accepted:

  • Projects that contribute to the improvement of medical education within a university, region or country. Examples of areas in which these activities can be implemented include quality improvement in medical education, research in medical education, promotion of student involvement in medical education etc.

A short description of the most recent project grant winners is available

  • Projects developed and led by student teams.
  • Projects with a clear goal, implementation and evaluation strategy to measure the desired impact.

Please note that the grant is aimed at student-led activities to improve healthcare professions education, not to support personal endeavors or specific medical projects (e.g. medical conferences, CPR workshops, public awareness campaigns). Please note that this is a medical education grant. Therefore, projects that contribute to the improvement of medical education within a university, region or country will be favored over projects using education as a tool towards a goal within a field outside education.

How to Apply

Background: the 2020 call for the AMEE Student Initiative Grants is now open, to support projects focusing on the improvement of medical education. The deadline is December 31.

Information summary: a grant of up 750 GBP is now available for each project.
Only projects focusing on medical and healthcare professions education are eligible (e.g. projects on curriculum development, assessment & evaluation, teaching & learning methodologies)

As said above you can apply for any amount up to 750 GBP but please note that you may be allocated less than what you apply for.

What you need to do:

  • Read the requirements carefully! You
  • Read the application tips document.
  • Fill in the application form within the deadline.
Application for the Grant
  • The project application must be submitted through filling the attached application form (here) in .doc(x) plus a  .pdf format in addition to a separate document with the project timeline by the deadline of December 31, 23.59 GMT to studentgrant.amee@gmail.com.

  • Late applications and applications that exceed the page limit will not be taken into consideration. 

Recipients of the grant will be notified by Late December 2020. The grant is split into two installments- the first given with the announcement and the second given only after the completion of the project and a report with the impact of the project is sent.

Relevant Neds

Application tips: here 

Application form: here  

We wish you all the best of luck in your applications. Please feel free to contact us at studentgrant.amee@gmail.com for any questions you may have!

The Student Initiative Grant Working Group

Abdullah Al-Khafajy (AMEE Student Representative/IFMSA), 

Philippa Lantwin (AMEE Student Representative/ EMSA), 

Professor Madalena Patricio (AMEE)