2024 PCORI Annual Meeting | Washington, D.C. | Oct. 22–23, 2024 | #PCORI24

PCORI is pleased to offer two types of financial scholarships to participate in-person at the 2024 PCORI Annual Meeting — one for PCORI ambassadors and a second for patients and caregivers.

The PCORI Annual Meeting brings together members of the healthcare community, including but not limited to researchers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, insurers and health system representatives. The event serves as a report to the nation on PCORI’s progress in funding initiatives to determine which care approaches work best, for whom, and under what circumstances.

This year's in-person PCORI Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23, and will not include a virtual option to participate.

Scholarship recipients will be able to attend all sessions of the entire PCORI Annual Meeting, including optional programming on Monday, Oct. 21. Financial support will cover the recipient's travel (within the United States only, inclusive of territories); hotel; and a per diem allowance for both the recipient and a caregiver/support person (if medically required or if the recipient is under 18 years old).

These scholarships are a need-based opportunity for those with lived experience who would not otherwise be able to travel and participate in person at the PCORI Annual Meeting. The intent of these opportunities is to support inclusivity and equitable representation of patients, caregivers and organizations that directly serve their communities, as well as to support representation of historically underrepresented populations in the health research community.

This is a competitive opportunity for a select number of PCORI ambassadors, patients, caregivers and patient/caregiver advocacy organizations. Before applying, please ensure that you are able to travel to Washington, D.C. Oct. 20-23.

Key Dates and Applicant Communication


The application deadline is Monday, June 17, at 5 pm (ET).

We will notify applicants of scholarship awards by mid-July. Scholarship awardees will receive further information at that time regarding instructions to book travel and lodging.

Those who do not secure a scholarship remain eligible to register for in-person attendance at PCORI’s Annual Meeting beginning in July on a first-come, first-served basis and without financial assistance from PCORI.

All applicants may contact ambassadors@pcori.org at any time during the review and/or award process with questions concerning the scholarship program.

Scholarship Review Process


PCORI staff will review all scholarship applications. To mitigate potential conflicts of interest, reviewers recuse themselves from evaluating any applicants with whom they have or had a close professional or personal association.

The review process draws from existing processes previously developed to support other PCORI activities, including the Advisory Panel selection processes. Multiple reviewers are assigned to all applications. While reviewers use the same selection criteria (see below) for each type of application, in the interest of consistency, applicants are reviewed within the context of other applicants from their scholarship type – i.e., patient and caregiver applications will be reviewed as one group, and ambassador applications will be reviewed as a separate group.

Eligibility and Expectations


There are two application buttons below. Please select the one for which you are eligible.

Note: if you are a current member of PCORI’s Ambassador Program, please apply for the Ambassador Scholarship, even if you also meet eligibility for the Patient and Caregiver Scholarship.

  • All applicants will be asked to respond to a brief series of questions regarding their personal information, geographic location, participation in previous PCORI Annual Meetings and plans or ideas for sharing their learnings from PCORI Annual Meeting participation with their communities.

Applicants are also asked to submit a brief personal statement to describe their experience and/or interest in patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), healthcare community engagement and/or their motivation for wanting to attend the PCORI Annual Meeting.

The personal statement should also describe how the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for either of these scholarships, which include one of the following:

  • Participation in PCORI’s Ambassador Program (e.g., please speak to length of membership and/or types of activities in which you have engaged).
  • Self-identification as a patient, caregiver and/or patient/caregiver advocacy organization representative.

We especially encourage community organizations to apply, including, but not limited to neighborhood and school clinics, social service organizations, community health centers and/or individuals new to PCORI.

Because there are a limited number of scholarships as well as tickets to the PCORI Annual Meeting, we expect those selected for the scholarship to attend the meeting in-person in Washington, D.C. Should your plans change between applying and being selected, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we may be able to offer your slot to another member of the community.

If you’re uncertain about your eligibility, the expectations or the application for this scholarship, please email us at ambassadors@pcori.org.

For further information about:

  • PCORI’s Ambassador Program, a volunteer network of individuals dedicated to changing the culture of health research, please visit our website here.
  • How PCORI defines patient and caregiver communities, please visit our website here.
  • Patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research — please visit our website here and here.

Selection Criteria


The following selection criteria are used to evaluate each application according to financial need, background, expertise, experience and current or desired level of involvement with PCORI and patient-centered outcomes research. Stronger consideration will be given to those with financial aid needs.

The selection criteria include:

Criterion 1: Potential for applicant to promote equitable representation of diverse perspectives at PCORI’s Annual Meeting.

Perspectives that reviewers may examine include but are not limited to the following characteristics in seeking to ensure equitable and diverse representation of perspectives. Special attention may be placed on characteristics that tend to describe communities and individuals who are historically underrepresented in the health research enterprise. For more on PCORI’s overall approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, applicants may reference our webpage.

  • Research interests (e.g., populations, settings, diseases/conditions)
  • Geographic location (e.g., region, state, territory) or setting (e.g., rural, urban)
  • Sociodemographic characteristics
  • Previous participation in PCORI Annual Meetings (Note: previous participants are still eligible, but those who have yet to attend a PCORI Annual Meeting will receive preference.)

Criterion 2: Expressed commitment to personal and/or professional goals aligned with PCORI’s mission.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Interest and/or experience with health care, patient-centered CER and/or community engagement.
  • Motivation to become involved with PCORI (e.g., commitment to past and/or interest in future involvement with specific PCORI programs, ranging from applying for funding to serving as merit or peer reviewer), or level of involvement in PCORI’s Ambassador Program.
  • Clarity regarding how this financial aid for PCORI Annual Meeting participation may help advance their personal and/or professional goals and/or what they are hoping to gain.

Criterion 3: Pathways for sharing experience and learnings.

Applicants are expected to share ideas and/or plans for how they may share lessons learned from the PCORI Annual Meeting with their personal and professional communities. This may include a description of their personal and professional communities and how they may benefit from learning about PCORI, and/or discrete examples of communication pathways (e.g., blogs, tweets, editorials, podcasts, etc.).

Ready to apply? Please select the one for which you are eligible.

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Posted: April 17, 2024

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