The application period for this opportunity is now closed.
We will notify applicants of scholarship awards by July 15.
Please email [email protected] with questions.


PCORI 2022 Annual Meeting - October 26-27, Arlington VA + Virtual

PCORI is pleased to offer financial scholarships for PCORI Ambassadors and patient and caregiver stakeholders to participate in-person at the 2022 PCORI Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA.

The intent of this opportunity is to support inclusive and equitable representation among diverse stakeholders who may benefit from and/or contribute to attendance at PCORI’s Annual Meeting. Scholarships will cover the recipients’ travel (inside the United States only), hotel, and per diem allowance for both the applicant and the caregiver (if medically required). There is no conference registration fee.

The PCORI Annual Meeting brings together members of the healthcare community, including researchers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, insurers, health system representatives, and other stakeholders.

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 meeting on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27 will include both in-person and virtual attendance as PCORI continues to closely monitor the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and variants, with your safety being a top priority.

While the majority of meeting attendees will join via a virtual conference platform, a small number (~600) of meeting attendees will participate in person, including all scholarship awardees. PCORI will work in conjunction with the meeting venue to develop and implement a range of safety measures and protocols to support in-person attendance.  Potential scholarship awardees should expect to receive additional information regarding PCORI’s protocols and approach to supporting the safety of our in-person meeting attendees in the coming weeks. Applicants should expect PCORI’s approach to align with and/or exceed recommendations from federal and local public health authorities.


This is a competitive opportunity for a select number of PCORI Ambassadors, patients, caregivers, and patient/caregiver advocacy organizations. Please note that there will not be a dedicated workshop for PCORI Ambassadors at this year’s Annual Meeting due to COVID-19 limitations. However, all attendees will have informal opportunities to network with one another.


Key Dates and Applicant Communication

We will notify applicants of scholarship awards by July 15. 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 July 18 on a first come, first serve basis and without financial assistance.

All applicants may contact [email protected] 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. Reviewers use the same selection criteria for every application in the interest of consistency (see below).



Applicants will be asked to respond to a brief series of open- and closed-ended questions regarding their personal information, geographic location, participation in previous PCORI Annual Meetings, and plans or ideas for sharing their learnings from 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 outcomes research (PCOR), stakeholder 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 this scholarship, which include one or both 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

For further information on PCORI’s Ambassador Program, a volunteer network of individuals dedicated to changing the culture of health research, please visit our website here. For further information on how PCORI defines patient and caregiver communities, please visit our website here.

Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria are used to evaluate each application according to background, expertise, experience, and current or desired level of involvement with PCORI and PCOR. The selection criteria include:

Criterion 1: Potential for applicant to promote equitable representation of diverse perspectives at PCORI’s Annual Meeting. Reviewers may examine any of, but 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) or setting (e.g., rural, urban)
  • Sociodemographic characteristics
  • Previous participation in PCORI Annual Meeting (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, PCOR, and/or stakeholder 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)
  • Clarity regarding how 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 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).

Posted: May 9, 2022; Updated: June 13, 2022

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