NCMIC Public Policy Fellowship

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. 

One of the NMSA’s core aims is to support advocacy efforts for the naturopathic profession. We primarily do this through our partnership with AANP by promoting the annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative and through the grant for this fellowship. 


NMSA Public Policy Fellowship 

Public Policy: the principles, often unwritten, on which social laws are based that have the best interest of the public in mind 

Advocacy: public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy 

The Purpose of the NMSA Public Policy fund is to provide naturopathic students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills at the intersection of naturopathic medicine and public legislation, to advance external affairs work on behalf of NMSA, and to coordinate NMSA involvement in legislative efforts. Two awards of $1,500 USD each will be granted in 2022. This fellowship funds a year-long advocacy-related project that may include but is not limited to any of the following topics: 

  • Improving student awareness about legislative activities and their clinical impact 
  • Expanding opportunities for students and naturopathic doctors in the realm of advocacy 
  • Working to increase scope of practice and/or licensure in certain jurisdictions 

Proposed projects may be focused anywhere in North America. Funds may be used for travel if included in the project proposal.