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Student Leader fellowship

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

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Gaining experience on a non-profit board
  • Advocating for LGBT health-related issues
  • Networking and collaborating with a motivated team of PA-Cs and PA students


Consider applying for the LBGT PA Caucus Student Leaders 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. 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.


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.


Chosen fellows will have 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 AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) while the house is in session.  Other activities as charged by the Caucus President during the conference, and during the leadership term (July through June) such as writing an article about your AAPA conference experiences for the Caucus newsletter, participating in monthly Caucus board teleconference calls, promoting the fellowship, and encouraging engagement by potential applicants.

Fellowship Term

The Fellowship term begins in July of the current year and runs through June 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). 


Write an essay of 1-3 pages (typed, double spaced, 12 pt font, 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.

Letter of Recommendation from faculty is OPTIONAL

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


Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 15 annually.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview via online meeting with a member of the selection committee.

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