Aim of the NMSA Fellowship Program
The long-term goal of the NMSA Fellowship Fund is to create opportunities for naturopathic physicians-in-training to participate in projects which augment their studies and enrich their surrounding communities through service, education, research, and self-study. Fellowships are awarded on a yearly basis to outstanding naturopathic medical students who show great potential and self-determination.
NMSA Anna MacIntosh Junior Investigator Research Fellowship
The NMSA Anna MacIntosh Junior Investigator Research Fellowship will allow students to work on special projects with their local mentors, culminating in the Fellow’s presentation of the research to NMSA members, residents, and/or physicians at the NMSA Annual Conference. Naturopathic medical students and recent graduates have much to learn and contribute to the education of their colleagues and patients in adherence to Docere – Doctor as Teacher.
NMSA celebrates diversity. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.
This award is competitive. A committee of researchers and NMSA leaders will select the Research Fellow from the set of candidates.
This award is made possible through a generous grant from NPLEX and will grant one award recipient $5000USD to be able to develop, carry out and present their research projects to the naturopathic community.
NPLEX ANNA MACINTOSH RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Part of the purpose of the Anna MacIntosh Fellowship (AMF) grant is to help students learn how to prepare grant proposals. Although every funding source will have its own specific requirements, most grant applications will include the following aspects, and students who are applying for the AMF grant, should include, in this order, the following sections:
Abstract: One paragraph that summarizes the problem (one sentence), describes the research methodology (e.g., an RCT, survey, case study, etc.), states the hypothesis being tested, and indicates sample size and characteristics. [When the study is completed, the abstract will also contain a brief statement about conclusions reached.]
Introduction/Statement of Problem: A few paragraphs that describe more fully what the problem is, and why the proposed research will address some aspect of that problem.
Literature Review: Two to five pages summarizing research that supports the need for the current project. All studies must be fully referenced at the end of the proposal. The goal is not to have a large number of references, but to have references that are relevant to the proposed study.
Research Objectives: One paragraph that succinctly describes the research question, and indicates how the results of the study will further knowledge pertaining to the problem.
Research Design: Indication of the design of the study, for example, randomized clinical trial, case study, qualitative study, basic science research, retrospective (e.g., chart review), Other (describe).
Methodology and proposed data analysis: One or two paragraphs describing what data will be collected, i.e., what the variables are (identified as independent and dependent if relevant), and how data be collected, coded, and analyzed. Include proposed statistical analyses (e.g., t tests, ANOVA, regression, etc.)
Budget: In addition to a narrative, the budget should be put into a table with four columns:
Funding from AMF grant
Funding from other sources
Investigator time (XX hours @ $ /hr)
Participant stipends (XX participants @$ )
Study supplies (e.g., supplements, lab tests, etc.)
IRB Review: If human subjects are involved in the study, include the process for this review occurring in your timeline.
Project deliverables: Much of the information in the grant proposal will transfer to the write-up of the research (Aresearch report@). Other deliverables might include development of a poster, eventual publication, etc.
Timeline: This would include approximate deadlines for major activities. For example, participant recruitment, baseline data collection, follow-up data collection, data analysis, write up, review, submission of report, etc.
References: Every study mentioned in the literature review should be included here, and every reference in the list should refer back to some statement in the proposal. Use APA style for listing references (alphabetically):
At the end of the citation in the text: Author A, Author B, etc. (YEAR of publication) Example: Kernis, M.H., Cornell, D.P., & Harlow, T. (2012)
In the reference list: Author(s), (year). Title. Journal, volume, number, pages. Example: Kernis, M.H., Cornell, D.P., & Harlow, T. (2012). There=s more to self esteem than whether it is high or low. Journal of Personality, 65, 2, 190-199.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WITH APPLICATION:
1. Proposal (e-file name: APPLICANT LAST NAME-TOPIC of STUDY
2. Letters of Support (from faculty advisor) – As Addenda (attached) to the Proposal Transcript – As Addendum (attached) to the Proposal
Document should be submitted electronically, in a Word or rtf format, with 12 pt. Times New Roman type face.