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PA Student Leader fellowship

JOINTLY OFFERED by the African Heritage and lbgt pa CaucusES 

Are you a PA student who identifies as Black or of African heritage 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 this Student Leader Fellowship, jointly offered by the LBGT PA and African Heritage PA Caucuses.


Student Leader Fellows (SLF) are out and openly self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse PA students who identify as Black or of African heritage and are chosen through a competitive process to participate in a 12-month fellowship to foster leadership and professional development within the PA professionThe jointly-sponsored fellowship program began in 2020 in the hopes that, together, we can support leaders in medicine reflecting the communities we serve. 


Qualified applicants for the SLF must be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse PA students who also identify as Black or of African heritage enrolled in an accredited PA program at the time of the application deadline.

Applicants in either the didactic or clinical phase of PA education are eligible, and an anticipated graduation date prior to the end of the SLF term does not disqualify the applicant. PAs completing postgraduate training programs are not considered students for the purposes of the SLF and are ineligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to join the LBGT PA and African Heritage Caucuses as student members, and accepted fellows must have active memberships.

Fellowship Term

July 1 of the current year through June 30 of the following year.


Submissions are due Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 11:59PM ET.  Late applications will not be considered.


  • Participate in a self-proposed fellowship project during the term
  • Attend the AAPA Conference in May (of the following year) and participate with Caucus activities and the AAPA House of Delegates
  • Join LBGT PA Board of Directors monthly meetings (virtually)
  • Serve as an ambassador of fellowship for future students
  • Make a difference for the PA profession and our LGBT communities


A $1000 travel stipend is available to offset the cost of attending the annual AAPA Conference (distributed at the conference). Failure to attend the conference results in forfeiture of the stipend. 

Application Instructions

Please review the information and application process found in this Request for Applications document.

Application materials are submitted online using this link: LBGT PA Caucus SLF Submission Website

Should you have any questions, feel free to email the LBGT PA Caucus at info@lbgtpa.org. We will post answers to the questions we receive below.

Applicant Interest Session

An SLF applicant interest session will be held at 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 online using Zoom.  Attendance at the interest session is not required, but strongly encouraged.

LBGT PA Caucus SLF Interest Session

Meeting ID: 826 1204 1511

Passcode: 386291

One Tap Mobile: +17866351003,,82612041511#,,,,*386291#

Questions & Answers 

 Q: A:
I am interested in both an LBGT PA Caucus and Intersectional (PALH/LBGT or AHPAC/LBGT) Student Leaders Fellowship. Am I eligible to apply for both? Yes, all applications submitted this cycle will be considered for the LBGT PA Caucus and Intersectional (PALH/LBGT or AHPAC/LBGT) Student Leaders Fellowships.


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