The Strategic Educators Enhancement Fund Program is designed for medical school faculty who are interested in developing skills in medical education and assessment research, and who have a commitment to working with a team of like-minded colleagues.


Making an Impact within the Medical Education Community

The primary goal of the program is to foster professional development and promote scholarship that will enhance the assessment of individuals across the continuum of medical education and in independent practice.

In addition, the program aims to support a cohort of individuals, who will work with a senior mentor and NBME staff, to identify and develop questions and a research project. This project will relate to either the assessment of clinical reasoning/critical thinking, or diversity/bias and disparities in assessment.


Faculty who are early in their medical education research career (up to rank of associate professor) and from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) are encouraged to apply.


Participants in the Strategic Educators Enhancement Fund Program are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Make a 24-month commitment
  • Travel to Philadelphia four times a year
  • Attend every cohort session and participate in interim conference calls
  • Contribute to the work of the fellowship team in order to develop research questions and a scholarly product
  • Present at an NBME conference or symposium
  • Conduct a formal presentation within their institution, for example:
    • educational ground rounds
    • institutional education symposium
    • educational research day

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Strategic Educators Enhancement Fund Program, please submit the required application components in the following order as a single Adobe PDF document:

  1. Letter of intent in 12-point type, double spaced (no more than 500 words) that:
    • Explains how you would engage with one or both of the designated themes and how you would contribute to the team
    • Includes an example of a professional situation that demonstrates your self-awareness, leadership, and communication skills as well as ability to manage conflict and leverage networks
    • Explains how one or both of the themes aligns with your current professional responsibilities and would contribute to your career development.
  2. Forms signed by the Academic Chair and Dean confirming allocation of .1 FTE in-kind support plus time away to participate in the Fellowship program.
  3. NBME Demographics Questionnaire
  4. Your CV (Curriculum Vitae)


The application includes the Letter of Intent (LOI), the applicant’s current CV, the NBME Demographics Questionnaire and the required sign-off forms from the medical school dean and the department chair or designee. The deadline is September 30, 2019. No applications or application components will be accepted after 8:00 am eastern standard time, October 1, 2019.

No. The deadline is firm.


The program is set up for eight fellows to participate; there can be only one application from each school. The plan is to have fellows work on the projects at their schools so your colleague could certainly be involved with the project, but not as a fellow.

The dates are not finalized yet. The cohort of fellows will meet first in Philadelphia, probably in May 2020. If they meet quarterly, the approximate dates would be August 2020, October 2020, and January 2021.

Yes, associate professors can apply.

We have not set specific dates and anticipate the cohort will meet four times a year in Philadelphia, for 2-3 days total each time.

There can be only one application per school. The dean and department chair/designee must sign off on the 10% faculty time that will be protected and the school is responsible for assuring there is only one application. Please refer to the application information for details. At this time, we do not have additional criteria for schools to use.

Only US and Canadian schools are eligible.

No, only one application per school is permitted.

The fellows are not receiving any direct payment for this fellowship. NBME will cover costs of all travel, conference calls, and the like, and no funding will be paid directly to fellows. NBME will make the arrangements for hotel and travel directly so that the fellow does not incur expenses beyond travel to and from the airport or train station in their home city. Support for the 10% protected time is the responsibility of the sponsoring school.

The 0.1 FTE in-kind support means that the school will provide the 0.1 FTE protected time for the fellow to participate in all activities of the fellowship. There will be no compensation from NBME to support the fellow as a member of the cohort.

The cohort will meet for the first time in May 2020 and will conclude activities in May 2022.

It is open to all faculty interested in medical education research.

Yes, faculty can apply from a school with pre-accreditation.

No, it is not necessary to have a faculty appointment as long as the person is on the staff of the institution and involved in medical education.

The LOI does not ask for a specific proposal and applicants must explain how they would engage in research with one (or both) of the designated themes, as well as how they would contribute to the team. The designated themes are (1) assessment of clinical reasoning/critical thinking and (2) diversity/bias and disparities in assessment.