• Overview

    The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) sponsors one Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine each year. The Fellowship supports research using the collections of the CHFM to advance understanding and appreciation of the history of Family Medicine.

    The Sandra L. Panther Fellowship provides a grant in an amount of up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for conducting research at the Center for the History of Family Medicine. Awards cover research conducted between June 1 and December 31 during the year in which the Fellowship is awarded.


    We encourage interested researchers, including family physicians, students, residents, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and other health professionals to apply for the Fellowship. CHFM staff, volunteers and serving members of the Board of Curators are not eligible to apply.

    Application Process

    Applicants must submit a completed application package consisting of:

    1. A completed Sandra L. Panther Fellowship Application Form(2 page DOCX);
    2. A current Curriculum Vitae (no more than three pages in length), including education, employment history and list of most recent publications;
    3. One letter of support from your department chair, supervisor or a senior colleague; and
    4. A brief description of your research project (of no more than two pages in length), to include the title of your project, a brief description of the objective of the project, reasons for undertaking the study and a proposed research timeline and budget (to include estimated expenses and justifications).

    Submission Deadline

    Applications and all application materials for the Sandra L. Panther Fellowship award must be received by March 31st at 5:00 pm (CDT). It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that we receive all materials by the deadline.

    Review Process

    All completed applications and supporting materials will then be reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Subcommittee of the Board of Curators of the Center for the History of Family Medicine, consisting of distinguished family physicians, educators and leaders in the specialty. The Subcommittee will make the final selection of the Fellow, subject to the approval of the Board of Curators and the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

    All applicants will be advised of the results of the final selection decision by May 31st.

    Criteria for Selection

    1. Relevance of the proposed work to the history of Family Medicine
    2. Scholarly value of the project
    3. Suitability of the project to the collections of the Center
    4. Capacity of the applicant to complete the proposed work
    5. Clarity and organization of the project proposal
    6. Potential for dissemination of the finished project product
    7. Appropriateness of the proposed budget


    For additional information, please contact:

    Crystal Bauer, MLS
    Center for the History of Family Medicine
    11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
    Leawood, KS 66211
    Telephone: (913) 906-6007
    Fax: (913) 906-6095
    Email: chfm@aafp.org