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Section Involvement Grants


Section Involvement Grants



What is a Section Involvement Grant (SIG)?

Section Involvement Grants (SIG) are designed to provide an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:

  • Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get more involved
  • Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities. Visit www.ama-assn.org/go/msspolicy
  • Engage in activities that focus on AMA’s top priorities. Learn more at the AMA Strategic Focus page.

How much funding can a local AMA medical student section receive through a SIG?

Local sections are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $500 to support recruitment and $500 to support community service and education events. Grant awards generally range from $150 to $500 per event, so we encourage you to organize several projects throughout the year. Please remember that funding is not guaranteed; each event will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Are there different types of SIGs?

SIGs are categorized into four main event types:

Recruitment Events
--Up to $500 available per event--
Apply for these grants if you would like to educate your colleagues about the importance of AMA membership and different ways to become involved in the AMA. Examples of these types of events include: member bring a non-member social, AMA representative present during lunch, meet and greet, etc. Please note, the AMA offers a Succeeding in Medical School (SIM) program that is separate from a SIG. If you wish to participate or learn more about SIMS, please visit the AMA's SIMS page.

Development Events
--Up to $250 available per event--
The AMA-MSS encourages local sections to provide individual development opportunities for their members. These grants focus on events that help to develop local sections and their members, such as educational sessions, workshops, retreats, and lunchtime seminars on various topics.

Community Service Events
--Up to $250 available per event--
The AMA and AMA-MSS have many policies that address topics that are relevant to public health, medical education, medical practice, patient safety and community outreach, to name just a few. Local sections are strongly encouraged to use the grants as "seed money" to support a project that has start-up costs, but can then be maintained for little or no money. Examples of projects in this area include: starting a music library at a local hospital that is periodically staffed by members; organizing a workshop to train students on vision screenings so that they can do screenings in the community throughout the year, day care centers; or purchasing blood pressure cuffs for use in hypertension screenings.

National Service Project Events
--Up to $500 available per event--
These grants focus on our current AMA-MSS National Service Project, the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ program. Projects might include events such as health fairs or healthy cooking demonstrations.

Refer to the list of MSS project ideas for more ideas for SIG events. 

Involve your Faculty and your State or County Medical Society

Your school and your state/county medical society can be great sources of ideas and support for medical student projects. Students are strongly encouraged to share SIG event information with medical school staff and faculty as well as with state/county medical society staff who work with medical students. If you are unsure of who to contact at your medical school or state/county medical society, please contact the MSS, and we will provide you with the necessary contact information.

How does a local AMA medical student section apply for a SIG?

Complete the online SIG Application at least 30 days before the scheduled event. Students will be notified of applications that are incomplete. All incomplete applications must be completed within two weeks of notification or they will not be considered.

Please note that all local sections receiving SIG funding are required to complete a Follow-up Form within 30 days of the event. A local section cannot apply for another grant until evaluation forms have been completed for all prior events.

Be sure to review the guidelines before completing an application. If you have any questions about SIGs, please contact the MSS.


All local section projects, while funded by the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, shall be administered and controlled by the local section. The local section shall retain ownership of the project, and its name must be on all publicity and promotional materials (e.g., The AMA Medical Student Section at the University of _____ ). No program materials or participants shall suggest or imply that the project is administered or endorsed by the American Medical Association (“AMA”), including the Medical Student Section, or that the local section or participants are acting as agents of AMA, including the Medical Student Section. Any other and/or additional use of the AMA name or logo by the local section must be reviewed and approved in advance and in writing by the AMA.

SIG funded events must be consistent with AMA policies, including policies that prohibit discrimination of any sort. AMA will not provide funding for certain types of activities or costs such as, but not limited to: travel costs (including reimbursement for gasoline, hotels, airline, rental cars), alcoholic beverages, events at bars, door prizes/raffles, guest speakers, t-shirts, community projects that require blood draws, shots, etc.

Section Involvement Grant Application

Local sections are eligible for grants totaling $1,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $500 to support recruitment and $500 to support community service, education and National Service Project events. For assistance in completing an application, please refer to the Section Involvement Grant guidelines.

Section Involvement Grants are intended to support and strengthen AMA-MSS local sections. Please be sure that preparation of this application is coordinated with your officers and recruiter. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days before your event. You must be an AMA member to apply.

Submit a Section Involvement Grant Application

Note: You will be asked to sign in using your AMA username and password. Upon signing in, click "Continue" on the Event Registration page to be directed to the application.

Section Involvement Grant Follow-Up Form

The AMA Section Involvement Grant program helps put your student programs into action by providing funding for projects and events designed to strengthen your local section and further AMA policy. As a requirement to receive Section Involvement Grants, a local section must submit a follow-up form within 30 days of the event. Additional grant applications will not be approved without a follow-up form submitted for the previous grant.

Please complete the entire follow-up form. The information you provide below is solely for the AMA's internal use and will not be reused or sold for any commercial purposes without your permission.

Submit a Section Involvement Grant Follow-up Form

Note: You will be asked to sign in using your AMA username and password. Upon signing in, click "Continue" on the Event Registration page to be directed to the follow-up form.

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