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Medical Student Diversity

The Medical Student Diversity Scholarship provides funds for travel and lodging expenses and meeting/course registration fees to medical students from underrepresented and underserved populations who are in good standing at a United States medical school.

The application period for 2018 has closed. Interested in receiving updates on application availability?



Preference is given to second- and third-year students. Traditionally underrepresented groups in neurology include, but are not limited to: African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino,or from other groups historically underrepresented in the medical profession. ‘Underrepresented in Medicine’ refers to racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented relative to their numbers in the general population.


Program Overview

Recipients will receive:

  • Four nights’ hotel during the 70th AAN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA (arriving Friday and departing on Tuesday)
  • Airfare: up to $650
  • Per diem
  • AAN Annual Meeting Registration: Recipients will select the educational and scientific programming based on their specific educational needs and in collaboration with their mentor. Program selection should not conflict with the agenda of the program.
  • A certificate of recognition
  • Acknowledgement at the Faculty and Trainee Reception
  • Mentorship by an established neurologist

Key Programs Dates

2018 AAN Annual Meeting: Los Angeles, CA. April 21-27



Mentoring: The goal of this relationship is to help facilitate the appropriate networking opportunities, help with career planning, assist with selecting programs that are of interest to the students and that expose them to the thrills of neurology. Recipients and mentors will be paired. Introductions will take place via email and discussions will take place to work on the recipients’ outline of their career goals.


Application Requirements

AAN members interested in participating in the program should submit the following documents in PDF format as part of the application process:

  • A single-spaced, one-page essay outlining the student's interest in a career in neurology, academic achievements and community involvement and plans to maximize the AAN Annual Meeting opportunity
  • A letter of recommendation from a neurology professor. The professor must send the letter to the applicant to be uploaded during the application process
  • The participant’s curriculum vitae

All of these required documents must be uploaded in one sitting to complete the application process. Application Period: October 1-November 30, 2017.


The Medical Student Diversity Annual Meeting Scholarship is supported in part by The Allergan Foundation. The Medical Student Diversity Scholarship Sub-Internship & Visiting Professor Programs are supported in part by Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Contact Us

For additional information please contact Lucy Persaud, Manager, Graduate Education, at (612) 928-6107.