Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion (ELiHP) grant program

Dr. May Choi (second from left) and her 2016-17 ELiHP co-applicants for the project

Grant projects

(With profiles for completed projects)

About the grant program

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion (ELiHP) grant program provides funding to help medical students and resident physicians conceive and implement health promotion projects in support of the development of their CanMEDS/FM core competencies, particularly health advocacy.

Jointly sponsored by the Alberta Medical Association, the Canadian Medical AssociationMD Financial Management and Joule, ELiHP projects facilitate the growth of physician leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment, while enhancing the wellbeing of the general Alberta population through education, advocacy or community service.

Note: This grant is independent of sponsorships from the AMA Committee on Student Affairs. Need more information?

Why was the grant program created?

  • To promote development of the physician's role as advocate for healthy populations
  • To provide experience in health promotion as integral to medical practice
  • To facilitate growth of leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment  

What you need to know

Grant amount

  • Flexible (minimum $500 per grant)
  • A budget of up to $20,000 is available to distribute among approved projects.

Eligibility criteria 

  • Must be a resident physician or medical student with a health promotion idea or project.
  • Only projects whose main purpose is health promotion for a target group external to the medical profession are eligible.
  • For more information on eligibility requirements, read Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Grant applicants must find a more senior member of the profession, who shares an interest in their project's health-promotion issue, to act as project mentor. The AMA will try to help successful applicants who have been unable to identify a mentor.  

ELiHP grant application toolkit

2019/20 applications

  • The application process for 2019/20 will open Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
  • The deadline will be Friday, November 1, 2019.

2018/19 applications

The application process for 2018-19 is now closed.

What happens once your application is submitted

  • The AMA will confirm any grant applications received within 3 business days. If you do not receive confirmation, email emergingleadersgrant@albertadoctors.org as soon as possible.
  • The Grant Committee will meet in November.
  • If your project is short-listed, the committee may contact you for additional information.
  • The committee will make final decisions by early December.
  • All applicants will be notified by email of the decision regarding their applications.
  • Approved projects must be completed and a final report submitted within 12 months of the date your grant was approved.

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