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. 29 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
  • Copy of Human Subjects Review Committee approval if using human subjects or otherwise protected data
  • Applicant's CV

Send questions regarding the application to