Student Externship Matching Grants: Eligibility and Application Fact Sheet


  • Only AAFP Chapters or Chapter Foundations that intend to sponsor a Student Externship and have secured funding for this purpose may apply for a matching grant(s).  
  • The medical student externship must offer a research and/or clinical experience that is at least 4 weeks in duration.
  • The externship must provide the medical student a one-on-one learning experience with mentors/preceptors who practice in the field of Family Medicine.
  • When possible, the student should be involved with a Family Medicine Interest Group.

How to Apply

Application Period: Nov 1 - first Friday in February

The Letter of Intent (LOI) Application form is a simple one-page application form used to request Student Externship Matching Grants. LOIs are accepted annually between November 1 and the first Friday in February.

The Chapter or Chapter Foundation responsible for administering the student externship is the entity that must complete and submit the LOI; LOIs will not be accepted from medical schools or students.

The Chapter's or Chapter Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar match with the AAFP Foundation’s matching grant should be secured before submitting the LOI. 

Application Confirmation

A confirmation e-mail will be sent back acknowledging receipt of the LOIs. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 48 hours, please call (800) 274-2237, ext. 4457, to verify that your LOI was received.

Matching Grant Allocations - Advantage to Applying Early

Those who apply earlier have a better chance of receiving more than one matching grant.

Matching Grant Awards are made on a first come, first served basis, determined by receipt of the completed LOI. One matching grant per applicant organization will be allocated, up to a predetermined number of grants available. Additional awards are allocated based upon the sequence of submissions and upon the number of externships requested.

Notification of Award

Recipients will receive a Notice of Award, via email, by the second Friday in February.


Contact Sondra Goodman or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 4457.

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