Funding Opportunities


Gender Specific (Women)

This database has been compiled to provide students with information regarding various sources of private financial funding. Students should review the application instructions and eligibility requirements of each funding opportunity in detail before applying. Unless otherwise noted, all application materials and supporting documentation should be sent directly to the foundation offering that specific funding opportunity. 

This information is provided as a courtesy and is not considered exhaustive. If you are aware of a program that is not listed here kindly notify us at so that we can include it if appropriate. Please note that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. All external scholarships and fellowships must be reported to the Financial Aid Office each academic year that they are received.

Alpha Epsilon Iota Scholarship
Two awards of $3000 to $4000 are awarded annually to female medical students. Selection criteria include academic merit and financial need. For an application, phone Donna O'Malley at 1-800-999-9658; or write: McDonald Financial Group, Key Trust Client Services,PO Box 89464,ClevelandOH44101-6464, ATTN: Donna O'Malley, Mail code OH-01-27-1614. Application deadline: May 31

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation
The AAUW offers Selected Professions Fellowships for women in either their third or fourth year of professional study. Awards range from $5000 to $12,000. Applicants should be a US citizen or permanent resident and enrolled full-time in an accredited program. More information and a downloadable application may be found at If you want an application mailed to you, call (319) 337-1716 ext. 60; email:; or write: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 301 ACT Drive, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030. Application deadline: January 10.

American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Foundation 
Scholarships and loans are offered by ABWA through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Fund. Scholarships include the $3,000 President's Scholarship and the Glorine Tuohey Memorial Scholarship for $3,000, which are awarded annually.The $10,000 Ruth H. Bufton Scholarship is awarded each odd-numbered year; the $10,000 Hilary A. Bufton Jr. Scholarship is awarded each even-numbered year. Candidates for special scholarships need not be sponsored by a chapter and information about the scholarship is mailed to designated universities each year. For more information, visit the website: or write ABWA, Stephen Bufton Memorial Fund, 9100 Ward Parkway, PO Box 8728, Kansas City, MO 64114.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
AMWA awards 4 (four) $1000 scholarships to women currently enrolled in medical school. Awardees will be chosen based on the embodiment of the goals of AMWA. Financial need, though not a requirement, is also considered. 
Download the application.  Applications are accepted during two periods of the academic year: August 1-September 30 and December 15-January 31. Email completed applications and supplemental materials to Please submit applications only during the listed periods. All applicants will receive email notification of receipt of application. For more information please visit:

Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellowship
American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) honors the memory of Anne C. Carter, MD, with an annual award for outstanding student leadership. The recipient will receive $1000, and the nominating chapter, if applicable, will also receive $1000. The annual nomination deadline is December 15. Details can be found at

Anne Crosby Emery Alumnae Fellowship
Fourth-year students at Brown may apply for these fellowships, which are awarded annually to honor women in the graduating class on the basis of scholarly ability and excellence of character to aid them in graduate studies at any university. Two fellowships are usually awarded in the amount of $9000. For more information visit the website:, or Application deadline: March 18.

Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship
The Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship of $3,500 is awarded each year to a young woman of Polish ancestry for first, second, or third year of medical studies at an accredited school of medicine in the United States. United States citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens with permanent residency status in the United States who are entering first, second or third year of M.D. studies in academic year 2013-2014 and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. This scholarship is open to female residents of the state of Massachusetts.Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's academic achievements, interest, motivation, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration. First preference is given to residents of the state of Massachusetts. Qualified residents of New England are considered if no first preference candidates apply. For more information visit the website at: The next application cycle will begin October 2012 through January 4, 2013 and will be awarded for academic year September 2013 - May 2014.

Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund 
This fund provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations. Grant distributions range from $2,000-$8,000 and are administered by a local bank. The money is sent directly to the recipient's school to be used for tuition only. Applications available on Application deadline: May 15, 2011.

Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship
The AMA Foundation, in partnership with the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC), is pleased to announce the 2010 Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship program. In 2010 one $10,000 research scholarship will be awarded to a medical student, health professional, or graduate student to study the issues generated by and affecting women in medicine. This program seeks to advance the progress of women in the medical profession, and to strengthen the ability to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students. Applications are due by February 15, 2011. To learn more about this opportunity and to obtain the application, please visit

Leah J. Dickstein MD Award 
Sponsored by the Association of Women Psychiatrists, the Leah J. Dickstein award is open to female medical students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, creativity, and leadership. The recipient is invited to the AWP Annual Meeting to receive the award and present her work. Interested students must be nominated by their medical school by Dean's Office or Office of Women in Medicine. For more information visit: and download application here.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (World Bank) 
Women from developing countries currently residing in the US or Canada who are enrolled in an accredited institution may apply for one of six to ten grants of $12,000 each. Other eligibility criteria include: record of service to women and children in her country; intent to return to a developing country in two years; aged 25 or older at time of application. Information and an application may be found at Email: Phone: 202-473-8751. Applications available September 15 and due January 18.

Wellesley College Scholarships 
Two scholarships are available for women medical students. Applications and instructions may be found at

M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship-Applicants may be graduates of any US college and be enrolled in any accredited US medical school. The award amount is $11,000 "for the study of medicine with a view to general practice, not psychiatry."

Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship-Available to Wellesley graduates only who are accepted or enrolled in a medical program. Award amount up to $71,000.
For more information, email: or call (781) 283-3525. Send application packets to: Secretary to the Committee on Extramural Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships, Wellesley College, Center for Work and Service, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203. Application deadline: January 10.

Women in Medicine (WIM) 
Women in Medicine (WIM) will present two $5,000 academic scholarships for female medical students enrolled in allopathic or osteopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada this year. Applications are due February 1, 2012. The scholarships will be presented at the WIM annual meeting in Napa, CA, April 22 – 26, 2012, with the expectation that the medical students will be present to receive their awards. Applicants should be in good academic standing, and have actively contributed/demonstrated leadership for the LGBT community. 

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