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The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)/DOCARE Grant Program

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has recently announced the restart of its International Medical Outreach Travel Stipends, marking a significant step forward in its commitment to global healthcare initiatives.

The AOF International Medical Outreach Travel program provides stipends and grants to Osteopathic medical students who plan to travel to underserved, underdeveloped, or disaster-stricken areas to provide medical services. This grant aims to inspire and empower members of the Osteopathic profession to participate in humanitarian medical outreach trips.

To qualify, students must plan to travel to an underserved, underdeveloped, or disaster-stricken area on an international humanitarian medical outreach trip. Outreach trips must be overseen by a reputable institution or organization (view our upcoming trips here!). It is required that applicants participating in an outreach trip have an onsite DO to oversee the program.

Since 2009, the American Osteopathic Foundation has funded nearly 300 Osteopathic medical students, physicians, and organizations doing valuable medical outreach in 45 countries. This program is made possible through a bequest from Julian and Esther Rossnick in honor of Joni B. Rossnick, DO, and funds provided by DOCARE International.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be Osteopathic medical students in good standing at a COCA-Accredited College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM) whom a licensed entity has selected to participate in an international medical outreach trip to share knowledge and provide Osteopathic medical relief. A limited number of grants are available to resident Osteopathic physicians. Examples of medical relief may include:

  • Providing Osteopathic medical services
  • Setting up or expanding healthcare facilities
  • Educating local healthcare workers on Osteopathic medicine best practices
  • Building awareness and promoting Osteopathic principles and practice


Visit the AOF’s awards portal to learn more about their available resources and apply for grants.


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