Leadership Fellows are out and openly self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse PA student members of the 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. Failure to attend the conference results in forfeiture of the stipend. Award funding is not guaranteed and depends on the amount of funding available that year. Applicants will be notified immediately if funding is less than in full.
Recipients must be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender diverse student members of the Caucus, enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant program from the date the application is submitted through the conference dates. Priority is given to active student members of the Caucus.
Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to: overcoming adversity/inspiration, integrity, service, financial need, creativity/innovation, and knowledge, skills and abilities.
Active involvement in Caucus activities during the AAPA annual conference, such as setting up/taking down and staffing the Exhibit Hall booth, and attending Caucus meetings and receptions. Fellows will be assigned a mentor to meet with inside the HOD while the house is in session. Other activities as charged by the Caucus President during the conference, and during the upcoming leadership term (July through June) such as writing an article about your AAPA conference experiences for the Caucus newsletter, participating in monthly board teleconference calls, promoting the fellowship, and encouraging engagement by potential applicants.
Write an essay of 1-3 pages (typed, double spaced, 12 pt font, 1” margins) including the following:
Letter of Recommendation from faculty is OPTIONAL
Applications are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Time on January 15 annually.
Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview via Skype call with a member of the selection committee.