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 students enrolled at any of Michigan’s accredited universities.

You are ineligible if:

  • Your project is mostly complete when you apply.
  • You have received this award before.
  • You are a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employee, or you have a family member who is a BCBSM employee.
  • Your proposed project involves any research involving non-human subjects.


Applications are due April 30 and reviewed at our July 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 (PDF)
  • Signed terms and conditions (PDF)
  • One-paragraph abstract addressing the topic, purpose, proposed methods and expected outcomes
  • Up to five-page, double-spaced proposal
  • Copy of Human Subjects Review Committee approval if using human subjects or sensitive data
  • Endorsement letter from a faculty member in your department
  • Official transcripts reflecting your doctoral status, which your university's registrar must mail directly to the Foundation
  • Applicant's resume

Completed applications should be emailed to