The Baystate Women in Medicine and Science (BWIMS) Professional Development Scholarship is a monetary award to help women providers advance their academic careers and/or organizational leadership.
The scholarship may fund a variety of activities including, but not limited to, travel to present at conferences, enrollment in courses, or purchase of materials to support professional endeavors. The scholarship may also cover conference-related childcare expenses. It is, however, not intended to support professional membership or licensure fees.
Apply for the Scholarship
Physicians or advanced practitioners who identify as women and who are active medical staff at any Baystate Health entity are eligible to apply. Graduate medical trainees (i.e., residents and fellows) are also eligible. Prior winners may reapply for new projects.
||Application Due Date
||Decision Made By
||Dates to Use Scholarship
||Preceding October 1st - September 30th
||October 1st - September 30th
The spring scholarship may be applied retroactively, i.e., it may fund an activity that took place in the preceding 6 months. The fall scholarship will be for the following fiscal year. Receipts are required for disbursement of the scholarship.
Please email the following to BWIMS@baystatehealth.org:
- Current CV
- Brief proposal statement (less than 500 words) about candidate’s proposed professional development activity. Proposal must include a statement of support from the candidate’s Department Chair or Service Line Leader [e.g., "I have received approval for this proposal from the Chair of my Department"].
Review and Award Process
The BWIMS Scholarship Subcommittee will score applications based on the following criteria:
- Quality of application
- Benefit to the applicant
- Benefit to the organization
Special consideration will be given to proposed attendance at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ conferences for Early Career Women Faculty or Mid-Career Women Faculty.
BWIMS is supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs at UMMS-Baystate and Baystate Health’s Medical Staff Office. Its mission is to foster a dynamic and inclusive work environment. Its goals are to promote academic and leadership advancement of women providers, to optimize the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, and to ensure that women providers have access to effective mentors and opportunities for skill development.
(Updated March 2021)
Past Scholarship Winners