Founders' Scholarship

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The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) celebrates the launch of the IFM Founders' Scholarship, established and funded by organization founders, Jeff and Susan Bland. This scholarship will support functional medicine certification for primary care providers working with underserved communities from around the globe who show exemplary leadership and passion for their communities and the mission of IFM.


Founders' Scholarship Details:

Who is this award for? 

  • Primary care providers currently practicing anywhere around the globe
  • Primary care providers beginning their certification journey and who are currently working with medically underserved communities

Total Awards Given Annually: 2

What the award includes:  

  • Cost of all uncompleted IFM Certification Pathway programs (AFMCP and 6 APMs) 
  • Annual International Conference (winner must attend in-person event)  
    • Up to $1,000 travel-expense reimbursement
 What the award does NOT include: 

  • Any additional CME costs  
  • IFM Membership  
  • IFMCP Application Fee    
  • IFMCP Case Fee and Case Remediation Fees  
  • IFMCP Written Test Fee  
  • IFMCP Costs associated with re-certification/certification maintenance 
  • IFMCP Review Course Fee
Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for the Founders' Scholarship, applicants: 

Clinicians must have taken at least one of the following courses:  
  • Must NOT have taken more than one Certification Program (AFMCP or any APM)   
  • Must be currently a practicing primary care provider working with medically underserved communities   
  • Clinicians must qualify for IFM Certification to be eligible
We are no longer accepting 2024 Founders' scholarship applications.  

If you applied, please refer to your confirmation email on the expected date you will hear back from our scholarship team. In the meantime, please reach out to with any questions.

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