Anna McIntosh Junior Investigator Research fellowship

Applications are open through December 31, 2021

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.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current NMSA member, or recent ND graduate (within 2 years) from a CNME-accredited institution
  • Must have an ability to commit an average of 10 hours/month to the success of their project
  • Ability to fulfill the project within 12 months of award
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply for those fellowships as each fellowship is unique.
  • Awards are not renewable, nor are they transferable from one junior investigator to another

Selection Process:

This award is competitive. A committee of researchers and NMSA leaders will select the Research Fellow from the set of candidates. 

Fellowship requires:  

  • Project proposal for the application must include the following:
    • Abstract 
    • Literature review with References
    • Outline of Research Objectives
    • Proposed project
    • Budget
    • Timeline
  • Mentors Should be identified by the applicant prior to application. 
  • The Fellow must provide monthly updates to NMSA on the current standing of their project successes, financing, and developments.
  • A written summary of progress is to be provided at the end of the award.
  • Funding is to be used exclusively for the project outlined in the award application.
  • The Fellow is expected to present the research to NMSA members, residents, and/or physicians at the NMSA Annual Conference, which is TBD.

    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. 


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.) 







$ 5,000 


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. 


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. 

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