Student Award Program

This program supports medical and doctoral students in Michigan who aim to improve health care within the state. 

Past successes within this program have included applied research, pilot programs, demonstrations and evaluation projects.

The award offers a $3,000 stipend for projects.


We welcome applications from doctoral students in good academic standings who are either U.S. residents, Resident Aliens, or Holders of Student Visa enrolled at any of Michigan’s accredited universities.

You are ineligible if:

  • You already have results for this project.
  • You have received this award before.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees and their immediate family members are ineligible. Employees of any BCBSM affiliate and their immediate family members also are ineligible.
  • Your proposed project involves any research involving non-human subjects.


Applications are due Jan. 31 and reviewed at our April board meeting.

We'll email applicants a funding decision within 10 business days of our board meeting.

Proposal requirements

We review potential projects for their ability to achieve real outcomes. Successful projects will show a direct impact on health and/or health care.

Application instructions

An application must include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Project Proposal (approximately 1,000-3,000 words, double-spaced proposal detailing the project – citations don't count against the word limit) outlining:
    • Background
    • Hypothesis(es)
    • Expected outcomes
    • Addressing health equity and social determinants of health
    • Addressing how this work is valuable to the population, increases the quality of care and improves access to healthcare
    • Conclusion
  • Detailed budget and budget justification documents (not included in the word limit), including:
    • Funds requested, anticipated or provided by other sources for the same or similar project must be described in detail on an attached sheet and referenced in a cover letter.
    • The Foundation doesn't pay for indirect costs except for limited fringe benefits, including health, personal and/or medical benefits. The allowable fringe benefit expense may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent of the salary subtotal figure or the actual cost of the fringe benefits.
    • The Foundation doesn't pay for tuition expenses or continuing education units for the PI, project staff or students.
    • This funding program doesn't support the following: computer equipment, including hardware and software; one-time use consumables, such as medical and office supplies; furnishings and capital expenses, such as phone, rent and building insurance.
    • Conference travel is limited to $1,000.
  • Copy of Human Subjects Review Committee approval if using human subjects or otherwise protected data
  • Applicant's CV